The editors would like to thank all the contributors for their material used in the past year, our most viewed so far, and also to wish them a Happy New Year. Visitor and viewing numbers for 2016 were the highest recorded within a full calendar year, both being up by more than 25% on the previous years figures.
Here are our most viewed posts for the calendar year 2016;-
#1 – Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Megantic module; published 15th February 2016.
#2- MaineOn2 layouts – Trevor Marshall’s Somerset & Piscataquis Counties RR.
#3 – Library of Congress – Vintage Aerial views; published 1st January 2016.
#4 – Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Franklin module; re-published on blog 26th February 2016.
#5 –Maine On2 Layouts – Bob Brown’s Wiscasset dock.
#6 – Minimum radius and big Forneys – On30 version.
Yet again, this is a rather different listing compared to those of the previous years, with three of the top four positions being taken by new topics posted this year. Bob Harper earned a well deserved top placing with his new module Megantic which has now been shown at a number of UK venues, and he also placed fourth with his older Franklin module which made it across the pond to the National Narrow Gauge Convention at Augusta, Maine in September. In October, back in the UK, Franklin was awarded the David Lloyd Trophy for the “Best Layout in Show” by popular vote at the Expo Narrow Gauge Show held at Swanley, Kent. This is the biggest show in the UK devoted to small scale Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling.
The number of specific viewings of Megantic this year sets a new record for the highest number of views recorded within a calendar year, and it scored more than second and third places combined.
The nationality of viewers was pretty stable, with some 74% of the 2016 viewings being made from the USA, with the United Kingdom in second place with some 7% and Canada in third place with 5%.The blog has recorded visits from 73 different countries around the globe this year.
This year has seen the largest number of new topics posted within a calendar year, apart from our start up in 2013. This can be attributed to our chief scribe using his last year’s Christmas present to himself (50 years of the Gazette on DVD) to satisfy his own curiosity about the early days of commercial On2 in the 1970’s and sharing his findings on the blog.
We hope that our viewers have found the site of interest over the last year.
We have more topics and content in-process, so keep coming back in the coming year.