I owe our community an apology.
The J&C Studios Archive was down for, I believe, over a year. I believe this started somewhere in February of 2019, and lasted right up until April 6, 2020.
The reasons are still not well understood, but we believe it was due to an antiquated server, and also antiquated versions of the various software we use to host this site.
Many of you reached out to me personally to inquire about it, and I thank you for that, and I also apologize for not responding. Around the same time the JCS Archive went down, one of my other projects began to blossum into a world-wide business success, and that consumed not only the time, but also the "cycles" I had to give. I was spread too thin, and simply could not give the JCS Archive the effort it needed to be brought back to life, with properly updated technology.
Recently, we were able to move this site to a new server, with much more recent tech throughout the whole stack, and so I have reasons to be confident this will not result in any more significant down-time going forward.
I would also like to apologize to anyone affected by the loss of some of the photos we were hosting for you. Although the database is backed up every single night, the filesystem - which is what contains the uploaded photos - is backed up only every week. So there are some photos that some of you uploaded that are no longer with us. I had asserted from the very beginning that it was our intent to always keep this archive available forever, and keep its treasured content safe and secure for posterity, and we failed you in that regard. Even though it's a small portion of your hard work, I still feel bad about this, and I hope that you will take the time to upload them again so that all of us may enjoy them.
Lastly, I would like to make a new committment to keep this site up & running, without any more significant interruption, in perpetuity! We have updated the site to more modern pages that, although still have the same look, feel, style, and colors as the original, these new pages are "responsive" to large and small screens. So it should be accessible and usable on everything from large computer monitors and TVs, to mobile phones, and everything in between.
There are still some aspects of the site that are in the process of being updated, converted, corrected to work on this new platform, so please bear with us. I would also be grateful that if you see anything that is not displaying or working correctly, to please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard over the years to help build our archive with such a rich collection of great material. Please continue to do so. Long live O Gauge, and long live the JCS O Scale Archive!