You may be aware that my initial thought with this website was to move towards a “subscription” model.
As I’ve explained elsewhere on the site, this is absolutely not a cynical ploy on my part, and 100% to do with the fact that merely hosting this website costs me a significant amount of money, and I spend an enormous amount of time researching its contents – usually, speaking in foreign languages to people that don’t understand our hobby, in order to find out information that isn’t already in the public domain. I need to make this sustainable or the website will simply not survive.
However, I am keen to keep the site free to use for as long as possible; that way, as many people as possible will continue to benefit from it. Sadly, though, this doesn’t make the need for me to cover at least some of my costs go away.
Many people have commented that they’re finding this site useful – which is great to hear – and more than a couple have already used the information contained within it to travel abroad and ride behind locos they otherwise wouldn’t have had. Some have said that they “owe me a pint” for this but, without sounding ungrateful, rather than spending your money on a drink for me, I’d actually prefer if you donated it to the site – and then it could go back into something that everybody might benefit from, instead of just me!
So, if you like what I’m trying to do with this site, or if indeed you’d like to buy me that “virtual pint”(!), then please could I invite you to make a donation? (If you do so, please could you also drop me a line just to let me know? Thanks!)
If the amount raised via donations continues to fall short of what is required to continue this website’s viability, then I will need to revisit the subscription idea, but I will ensure that anything you have previously donated is deducted from your first subscription fee.
Many thanks for your support,