Railcam & KJB Models announce Hensall Camera

Railcam UK is delighted to be partnering with KJB Models to bring you live coverage from their base at Hensall. 

Hensall, famously covered by Geoff and Vicki of All The Station back in 2017, is known as the ‘least used station in North Yorkshire’. Don’t let that fool you!

The station may currently only see 3 passenger services calling during the week, but we are blessed with a vast number of freight trains from DB Cargo, GB Railfreight, and Freightliner workings to and from the Drax Power Station.

KJB Models deal in new and secondhand model railways of all gauges. They have extensive ranges in model railways, scenery, craft, preowned, and more. Visit their website at https://kjbmodels.co.uk for more information.

We must stress that the current camera view is only a temporary one. We plan to have a new dedicated camera installed in the near future that is more directly focused on the railway, but please do enjoy this wonderful addition and one of our very first virtually freight only cameras!

What is this strange thing with windows coming past our shop… we never see passenger trains 🙂

Posted by KJB Models New & Secondhand Model Railway Dealer – N Gauge, OO Gauge on Tuesday, 22 September 2020

We would like to thank The KJB Models team for all their co-operation in allowing us to bring yet another camera to the Railcam audience.

Hensall camera is free to view to all Railcam members. Register for your FREE account now at https://railcam.uk

Out and about

As I’ve had a quiet few days on the news front I thought I’d share a few shots I took whilst out and about for Railcam.

Saturday was the final HST working of the Jolly Fisherman Skegness holiday trains. Sadly the first of the two sets was failed at Nottingham with brake issues. It would have been so much nicer to have the side by side but this is the historic moment.

The other photos were taken on Monday as I travelled around the East Midlands for a different project.

Photos are from Skegness, Sleaford, Nottingham, East Midlands Parkway and Loughborough.

For some unknown reason, the slide show below has reordered the sequence to its own liking and not the original order.

Successful Staycation Express final day this Saturday

The superb Staycation Express, operated by Rail Charter Services, runs its final services for the 2020 season this coming Saturday, the 12th of September.

47593, Skipton. ©Jamie Rowley

A combination of heritage diesel traction and comfortable MK3 First Class carriages has made The North Pennine Staycation Express a massive success for tourists and enthusiasts alike, with the added bonus of the stunning scenery along the world famous Settle & Carlisle Line.

47712, Skipton. © Jamie Rowley

With a promise of some ‘special traction’ for the final day, tickets are selling fast. On Saturday 12th September all trains are reservation only, tickets are NOT being sold on the day due to very high interest so please don’t turn up without a ticket and reservation. You can still book at http://railcharterservices.co.uk

If you don’t manage to get a ticket, you can catch the action from our cameras along the line at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Kirkby Stephen and Ribblehead, times as follows,

5Z40 Appleby North East Sidings to Skipton

Kirkby Stephen (07:14), Ribblehead (07:41), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (07:45)

1Z40 Skipton to Appleby

Horton-in-Ribblesdale (09:12), Ribblehead (09:21), Kirkby Stephen (09:50)

1Z42 Appleby to Skipton

Kirkby Stephen (10:49), Ribblehead (11:17), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (11:22)

1Z43 Skipton to Appleby

Horton-in-Ribblesdale (12:51), Ribblehead (12:58), Kirkby Stephen (13:22)

1Z44 Appleby to Skipton

Kirkby Stephen (14:51), Ribblehead (15:17), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (15:22)

1Z45 Skipton to Appleby

Horton-in-Ribblesdale (16:43), Ribblehead (16:50), Kirkby Stephen (17:19)

1Z46 Appleby to Skipton

Kirkby Stephen (18:12), Ribblehead (18:37), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (18:42)

5Z47 Skipton to Crewe Holding Sidings

Clitheroe (20:09), Leyland (21:02), Crewe 4 (22:13), Crewe 2&3 (22:18)

Double Steam for Devon

Today we see steam back in Devon with a very special ‘double-headed’ run between Cardiff and Plymouth.

Saphos Trains ‘The Devonian Express’ departs Cardiff under diesel power before switching to steam at Bristol with LMS Royal Scot Class 46100 Royal Scot and BR Standard Class 7 70000 Britannia (running as 70022 Tornado) taking the tour forward.

From Saphos Trains:

We recreate one of the classic steam hauled holiday trains of the golden age of railway travel for a journey around the beautiful Devon coast with time available to discover the many charms of maritime Plymouth. The train is diesel hauled from Cardiff to Bristol and then departs double headed with two of our famous steam locomotives for the journey across the lush Somerset levels, then through the remote Blackdown hills and down the Exe Valley to Exeter, before heading along the estuary with its pretty fishing boats and stunning views across to Exmouth and the Jurassic coast. Continuing past Powderham Castle and along the famous sea wall line we race through tunnels and cuttings of red rock and beside beaches and coves with the sea keeping company with the train.’

You can capture this on our Teignmouth Cameras, as well as our good friends at Dawlish Beach Cameras, at the following times,

1Z46 Cardiff Central to Plymouth (Track it HERE)

12:37 – Dawlish Warren Camera (via Dawlish Beach Cams)

12:39 – Dawlish San Remo and Blenheim Cameras (via Dawlish Beach Cams)

12:44 – Teignmouth Cameras

1Z47 Plymouth to Cardiff Central (Track is HERE)

17:49 – Teignmouth Cameras

17:52 – Dawlish Blenheim and San Remo Cameras (via Dawlish Beach Cams)

17:56 – Dawlish Warren Camera (via Dawlish Beach Cams)

Saphos Trains – The Devonian Express – Click HERE for more information.

Railcam’s Teignmouth Estuary Camera

Apperley Bridge comes to Railcam

We are delighted to welcome Apperley Bridge to Railcam, courtesy of site host Dan. Dan has recently moved to the property and noticed the wonderful view he has of Apperley Bridge and wasted no time in getting a camera set up and contacting Railcam, providing the stream to us at no cost. Thanks Dan.

It’s hard to believe the camera is situated around 2km from Apperley Bridge, but the zoom capabilities of the camera has given us a lovely scenic view of the line which runs between Leeds and Bradford/Skipton and on to the Settle & Carlisle Line.

Expect to see regular service from Northern, as well as LNER working to/from Bradford Forster Square, plus the odd charter, freight and test train thrown in for good measure.

This camera will be silent due to the distance from the camera to location and will be available free to view to all Railcam members.

Railcam interviewed by Train Talk – Podcast

One of Railcam’s directors and founders, Adrian Bradshaw was invited on to Train Scotland’s Train Talk series.

Adrian spends just over 45 minutes talking about the history, features and future of Railcam during the interview.

You can listen to the interview here on spotify or here via google.

Railcam hits 25,000 club on YouTube channel

Railcam is delighted to announce that it has reached the landmark of 25,000 subscribers on YouTube.

The channel offers taster feeds from some of the popular camera locations available on the Railcam website.

Railcam started broadcasting in 2009 and began its youTube channel a few years later to share some of the highlight videos. Live streams began later as more subscribers boarded the Railcam train.

Moonrise at Teignmouth – stream available on YouTube and Railcam

Viewers have now reached almost 100,000 individuals a month and an incredible 4.5 million have seen something from Railcam over the same period. Around 1,500 have added their support by subscribing bringing that number to the 25,000 mark.

The channel has recently introduced its first foray into scenic cams with the introduction of the Teign Estuary location. The camera is set to pan throughout the day and gives stunning views of the harbour and river mouth up to Newton Abbot. A dedicated railway cam is available on the main website.

The view from NR ROC at York – Currently available on YouTube and Railcam main site

Other popular YouTube streams include Crewe, York, and Peterborough which is another new concept for Railcam. The Peterborough stream offers views from 4 cameras situated at Railworld and changes every 5 minutes to give subscribers the full range of availability.

Railcam continues to grow and now offers over 100 different camera streams on its main site from mainline and heritage locations around the UK and the guest streams from around the World. New locations and upgrades are also in the pipeline.

Railcam Data feeds available on the main site

The main site also offers live signalling diagrams, data feeds, daily news updates, and a chatroom to exchange views and information on the hobby. Full access subscription packages are available for £23 a year or £4 a month.

An example of the live signalling diagrams available on the main Railcam website.

Railcam Director, Adrian Bradshaw said,

“”YouTube is a great way to showcase what we do at Railcam – whether it’s clips of the interesting or unusual passing our cameras or the live previews we now provide. Hitting the 25,000 mark is a great achievement for our Social Media team and all our followers, and we look forward to welcoming more of those YouTube viewers as subscribers on our main website, very soon.”

Steam returns to Devon this Sunday…..

Steam returns to the Devon coast this Sunday when 46100 Royal Scot heads Saphos Trains operated English Riviera Express, a return working between Bristol and Kingswear.

Passing the stunning coastline through Devon, including the famous sea wall and our brand new camera at Teignmouth, 46100 departs Bristol at 07:50 with an arrival time of 12:33 at Kingswear. Return working departs at 16:45, arriving in Bristol at 20:59.

Thos important camera times and working information is as follows,

1Z27 Bristol Temple Meads to Dartmouth Kingswear

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15828121

11:38 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (Dawlish Warren)*

11:40 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (San Remo & Blenheim)*

11:45 – Teignmouth Cameras

1Z28 Dartmouth Kingswear to Bristol Temple Meads

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15853818

17:36 – Teignmouth Camera

17:39 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (Blenheim & San Remo)*

17:40 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (Dawlish Warren)*

(* Available with adverts via www.railcam.uk or at advert free at www.dawlishbeach.com )

Our Teignmouth Scenic camera is available to watch for free on our YouTube channel, whilst our dedicated railway camera is available via the Railcam website for our subscribers.

Railcam Teign Estuary Camera

Minehead Station Railway Living Museum Days

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July

Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August 

Take some time out and come and visit us on Minehead Station on one of these days between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.  We will be Covid-19 secure and ready to welcome you. Visits will be in 3 time-slots 10am, 12pm and 2pm, each time-slot will allow up to 2 hours to explore and enjoy the activities on the platform.

The turntable will be in action with the opportunity for some vistors to have a go at turning the locomotive! This will be on a first come first served basis and opportunities will be limited. 

The Turntable Café, Buffer Stop Shop and the well-known second hand Readers Halt bookstall will be open.  Many of our locomotives will be on display, and there will be (socially distanced) access to a steam engine footplate and the driving cab of a Diesel Multiple Unit.  Qualified staff will be on hand to explain how to operate! 

On Minehead Station platform (the longest on a heritage railway) there will be a number of interesting and exciting stalls and stands for you to browse. At the end of the platform there will be shunting demonstrations to observe. 

Conducted tours of our steam engine workshops and depot (normally out of bounds to members of the public) will also be available, so you will be able to get up close to engines under restoration including the Great Western King Class locomotive, which has been hidden from public view for some time.

And there will be free vintage double deck bus rides around Minehead which is included in the admission.

On 1st August (only) Freddie Huxtable will be holding a book signing of his book Taunton to Barnstaple vol 3 on Minehead Station. The booking signing will take place between 10.30am and 3pm.

Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for children (5- 17). 

We would prefer you to book in advance on our website at www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk because numbers will be strictly limited to enable social distancing.

Tickets will also be available on the gate (if there is sufficient space on the station).

Please bring a mask with you, as there will be some areas where a mask will be required, for example, the shop, buffer stop shop, locomotive workshop, footplate or DMU cab. 

If you are intending to take part in either the turntable demonstrations or visiting the locomotive shed, please ensure you are wearing sturdy sensible shoes, open toe or high heels will not be permitted. 

You will be able to see shunting displays on our Minehead Station Cameras via the Railcam website, our YouTube Channel and www.wsr.org.uk

Railcam returns to Devon with its new Teignmouth location.

Devon and in particular the South Devon coastline has long since been a favourite for both rail enthusiasts and travellers alike.

Some days the Railcam volunteers really do have the best views

When Railcam was approached by a potential host living track-side in the area, they took notice and sprang into action! Conversations took place, photographs and videos were viewed, and very quickly a date was penciled in to attend site and install the newest location to the Railcam portfolio.

Railcam is delighted to be offering two cameras. The first will be available via the Railcam site and available to subscribed members. Focusing on the mainline, a few hundred yards from Shaldon Bridge is the first of the Dahua PTZ cameras. Although it is a PTZ, the view will be static for most of the time to give the best vantage point for passing traffic on the rails.

Railcam’s dedicated railway camera is one of two installed on site

There should be plenty of GWR action featuring class 800/802 IET trains, local sprinters, and of course the HST Castle sets! Also featured will be the CrossCountry services using Voyagers and HST sets. Railcam will also be able to show the many steam and diesel tours that pass and return on tours to Paignton, Plymouth, and Penzance.

The second camera will pan from the Ness in Shaldon to the edge of Dartmoor

Railcam’s second Dahua PTZ will be available on YouTube and is the first specialist scenic camera. The stream will cover the Teign Estuary, giving views from the Ness in Shaldon, Shaldon Bridge, and Ringmore as it pans from 7 am until dusk, to the edge of Dartmoor and back. There will be some railway within the view but the focus is based much more on the beautiful scenery.

The Scenic camera is available here https://youtu.be/oifSqg6GheA

Teignmouth to Newton Abbot was opened in 1846 by the South Devon Railway Company and was originally an extension of the Broad gauge Atmospheric Railway. The South Devon Railway was amalgamated into the GWR in 1876 and the broad gauge was converted to standard gauge in 1892.

Both cameras secured and being tested

Teignmouth itself boast’s a little bit of history. Teignmouth was the last place in mainland UK to be invaded by a foreign power when the French raided. Shaldon Bridge was once the longest wooden structure in Europe and is 1671 feet in length, and Charles Babbage, the mathematician who originated the idea of a programmable computer, also lived here for some years. His thoughts on Railcam and the internet would no doubt be very interesting!

This is how much “kit” is involved for a 700 mile, 3 day, 3 installer Railcam location.

Railcams camera installations take a lot of work and equipment to achieve. In all, the installation team had a round trip of over 700 miles, a large car filled with equipment and three team members spending the best part of three days to complete the task. There was also a kind host who not only provided the location but, supplied cups of coffee and bacon sandwiches to keep the team fuelled.

Once on-site final positions need to be agreed, safe working access risk assessed, internet speed checked, routers checked, electricity supplies checked and then the unpacking begins.

Microphones complete with windproof “Rats” are located as near to the line as possible to give some privacy to the host.

An installation is far more complicated than it sounds. Once the cameras and microphones are secured the installers can begin the process of connecting the new location to the Railcam system. Sometimes it’s smooth and other days little glitches are sent to test the most competent installer. From start to finish the team spent around 8 hours on-site for this installation.

The magic of the little black box

The end result is what the Railcam supporter gets to view and has now been achieved many times to provide the huge choice of locations now available.

Railcam Director Andrew Jebb said, ” We are delighted to be adding another new location to Railcam’s extensive UK coverage. The Teignmouth cameras give our viewers the chance to enjoy both the railway and the beautiful scenery of the Teign estuary.”

He continued, ” As always, Railcam and its supporters are indebted to a generous host who has a passion for sharing a personal view with the rest of the World. The launch of our first specialist scenic camera, as well as a railway one, just shows how much Railcam loves this location.”