I am sure that I once read that the requirement for lowbridge buses was due to the old depot and that it was the move to Stonegravels which removed that requirement. I could be imagining that, though, as I can't recall where I read it.
The routes to Chesterfield via Frecheville were 62 and 64 which had different routings between Eckington and Chesterfield. These were jointly operated by Sheffield Corporation, Chesterfield Corporation and East Midland. Due to the running time being inconvenient for an hourly service I think they interworked with route 26 to Killamarsh, which would have meant Chesterfield and East MIdland buses on that route through Frecheville as well.
Having encountered the 406 error in both Opera and Firefox I was able to remove it quite easily by deleting all the cookies from www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk as suggested by SteveHB some time. All is now well again (in the reduced circumstances of the forum as it is now). I can't understand why it would not work for other users.
The search function only works on material added since the downgrade. This means that unless you can remember where and when material was posted trying to find it is extremely time-consuming. Whether the maps and images currently missing will ever reappear is another matter. As most of what I contribute relies on the maps I am at something of a loose end.
I had to use the mobile version for a while as I encountered the "406 error" on my desktop, and I agree that it is awful. Thankfully a cull of cookies has solved the error problem and I can now see what is left of the forum as before. It also fits my screen with no need for a scroll bar. I would not be surprised to find that there was no back up made before the downgrade of nearly a month ago, as I would have expected that rollback to have happened by now. I would also have expected a thorough testing of the new version to have been done before the wholesale replacement of the old one.
It is possible that the rail could come from France: it depends what type of rail is being used as Scunthorpe and the plant in France make different types of rail. THe rail used on the new Borders Railway line from Edinburgh to Tweedbank came from Scunthorpe, but Crossrail in London is using French rail (made from Scunthorpe steel, however)
At the time of its closure the Workington Steelworks was owned by Corus, an Anglo-Dutch company formed by the merger of British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens. No French involvement at all. The factory closed in 2006 with production moving to Scunthorpe. This was four years after the demise of Railtrack. Rail used in the UK is still made at the Tata Steelworks in Scunthorpe or made in France from steel made at Scunthorpe depending on the requirements.
Opera has been my chosen browser for some time but I am using Firefox for this forum. What Lizziejampot describes is what I was seeing (or not seeing) when trying to use the forum using Opera. I have no idea what other functions do not work with Opera as Firefox is coping adequately.