Category Archives: Computers

Another update to the app!

6 days later and much thinking and editing, the app now has a box to enter a location code and map url of your choice! It’s getting better, but not really finished yet. I will have to amend the “instructions” to include the new feature but need some time to mess around using it to try and find any problems. I have updated the .apk file to be the new version.

The .apk file can be downloaded from here


My app is improving, this is how it looks now

I’ve redesigned the appearance of the main screen and added links to Traksy maps and National Rail live departure boards.

The .apk file for this version can be downloaded from here

I was using it yesterday when I went to Longbridge and everything seemed OK. I do have further ideas though…. Watch this space!


Instructions on how to install the .apk file are in the earlier posting, the link in that post has been changed to the same as the one in this post

My West Midlands Realtime Trains Timetable app (Android only)

See more recent post, as the app has been updated!!

I usually access Realtime Trains timetables via bookmarks in my browser, but then had the idea of writing an android app to link easily to the tables I am most likely to use. After a couple of hours I had made great progress, although it was working – it was a complicated mess. So I started again and having learnt from my mistakes it only took a few hours to get the basic app working correctly. I then needed to improve the appearance of it and created some coloured buttons for the app. This is now how it looks on my mobile:-


There are 3 options, based on how I normally use it in my browser. All trains for the current hour – handy if I’m briefly at a station or catching a train, then non-passenger 6am – 8pm, which I would probably check at the start of a day, then finally non-passenger over a 4 hour period – useful if I am waiting to see some freights. All options are set to actual times, not WTT.

If you wish to try it, I have created an .apk file which you can download and install on your mobile – Android only though!

You might wish to read the following guide if you have never installed an app from an.apk file:-

Follow this link to download the app file.

Severn Valley Railway 2017 android timetable app (on tablet)

It’s that time of year again. I edited the old 2016 app, added the new calendar and timetables and it seems to be working. I’ve still some testing to do as I usually miss an error or two, but should have it uploaded to Google playstore soon.

Below are 4 screen shots from my Acer 10″ tablet, I’ll try and get some from my mobile phone later.


The above is the basic home screen, the main link being to the timetable. Once installed, no internet or mobile signal is required to access it.

The other links to SVR, SVRLive etc. obviously do need an internet connection but are added as they are useful links.


The page above gives the option to select a month, which will appear as the example below.


Looking at the above, there is a choice of 3 timetables, yellow blue or green, so touching the A B or C buttons will display a timetable like the one below.


That’s it. Tipping the screen sideways will enlarge the print on the timetables, so even the small print at the bottom of the page should be clear.

SVR 2015 Spring Steam Gala timetable – Android app.

Yes, another app. I’ve copied the gala timetable from the site and put it in a simple android app.

It also includes the loco allocations as at 15/03/15. Don’t blame me if there are any changes since then!!

It’s free!


EDIT – it worked well, only downloaded 23 times but seems it was appreciated according to comments people sent me.

SVR timetable app

It was published 2 weeks ago and has been downloaded 52 times. As yet, nobody has pointed out any mistakes, so I am pleased I must’ve got it right.

If you want to try it, the link is in the previous post.

Severn Valley Railway 2015 Timetable Android app.

I’ve completed the app for 2015. It will give you the times for all the regular service trains on the SVR for 2015. The timetable app, once installed, does not require the internet to give you the timetables, but links to the SVRA, forum, SVRwiki etc. do.

It works on my 2 Huawei smartphones and my 7″ Asus & Samsung notebooks. Admittedly that does not mean it will work perfectly on everything, but some positive comments from the SVRA forum mean it works for other people as well.

It can be downloaded from Google play store – and is FREE! Must be worth a try……..

I turned off the “comments” option for this blog, but if you do have problems with it, there is a link to a contact form to email me

Firefox on Windows 8 wouldn’t play youtube, but I fixed it.

I thought everything on a new pc would work perfectly! After installing the latest version of Firefox, I soon found youtube videos wouldn’t play. The videos would stop after a second or two. After a few searches, I found lots of other people had found the same problem. The answer appeared to be updating the flash player, which I did – but still the same problem. The solution was to remove the older version of flash player, which I suppose was installed by Firefox? Wherever it came from, it needed updating, so if anybody has the same problem and does a search & finds this – update your flash player & remove the old version of flash player.