Network Greater Manchester by Martyn Hilbert

Something to spend that Christmas Book-Token on!

The latest in Martyn Hilbert’s series of North-West books is Network Greater Manchester.

Like the previous two excellent titles (Network North West and Merseyrail Electric), this is basically an “album” type book, stuffed full of photos from the authors own camera, stretching back from the 70s up to the present day. Unlike most books of this type though, the captions are detailed and informative, demonstrating Martyn’s depth of knowledge as well as his eye for interesting photographs which capture the infrastructure and atmosphere as well as the trains.

This is highly recommended and an ideal thing on which to spend that book-token / Amazon voucher or Christmas-card cash.

From the publisher…..

Greater Manchester covers an area of 493 square miles and is a diverse part of North West England, it is home to 2.8 million people.

At its heart is the vibrant and ever-changing City of Manchester, the large conurbation having borders with Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Merseyside.

It has a complex, varied and historic heavy rail network that contains ninety-six stations on a 142 mile network, part of which was the first passenger railway in the World.

Greater Manchester is also home to the largest light rail system in the UK – The Metrolink Tram system has a current network of 57 miles and 93 stops, its expansion has aided some traffic reduction in an area that has the highest percentage of Motorway network than any other county in the UK.

Network Greater Manchester is a detailed photographic journey over the system that chronicles the constantly changing scene since the late 1970’s to the present day and illustrates how the services, rolling stock and infrastructure have changed with the passage of time.

Happy New Year from Railcam

We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2020.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of the Railcam story, not just in 2019, but for the entire 10 years we have been broadcasting. This is just the beginning of our journey, and here’s to the next 10 years!

We can’t name everyone, as we would no doubt miss someone out, so keeping it simple,

To our members, supporters, heritage partners, camera hosts, admin and moderators, everyone who has supported us with even the smallest thing, those who have spread the good work we do, liked, shared and commented on our social media posts and supported us in the launch of our news & features section. Thank you, you are all part of our history.


Railcam’s Pick of the Year 2019

From all the Facebook in 2019, we have picked 4 of our favourites from each month, and here is our ‘Pick of 2019’.


Welcome to 2019 – Camden Junction Cameras
Welcome to 2019 – Camden Junction Cameras
LNER diversions with DB Cargo Class 67 piloting an LNER 225 set – Peterborough Cameras
A snowy scene at Ribblehead, with Northern Class 158 – Ribblehead Viaduct Camera


Beast from the East, LNER 225 set in the snow – York South (Holgate Jn) Cameras
ScotRail Inter7City HST Powre Cars – York North (Skelton Jn) Cameras
TransPennine Express Nova 2 – Crewe Camera 4
Railcam admin ‘cabbing’ 86401 as we head for Model Rail Scotland – London Euston


Deltic back on the ECML – York South (Holgate Jn) Cameras
43172 Harry Patch – The last survivor of the trenches, the longest surviving soldier of the Great War – Slough Cameras
Side by side, East Midlands Trains 43059 & Thameslink 700146 – Bedford Camera
Locomotive Services Ltd 47593 Galloway Princess – Crewe Camera 1


Hanson & Hall 50008 Thunderer – Peterborough Cameras
Locomotive Services on Statesman Rail duties, 47593 Galloway Princess leading an ECS move – Peterborough Cameras
60009 Union of South Africa at sunrise – York North (Skelton Jn) Cameras
Double Black 5s – Horton-in-Ribblesdale Camera


Full ScotRail Inter7City HST set heading to its new home – York South (Holgate Jn) Cameras
70000 Britannia with the Royal Scot – Kirkby Stephen Camera
Direct Rail Services 37402 Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954 – 8.6.2913 – Thankerton Camera
The unmistakable 60103 Flying Scotsman nearing home – York North (SkeltonJn) Cameras


Until the launch of our Doncaster Camera, Gronk action was a rare sight on Railcam. Not anymore!
June saw us join Dawlish Beach Cams for Devon in a Day, a cracking day out it was!
In June we also visited the Open Day at Locomotive Services Ltd’s Crewe Diesel Depot.
The Pink ONE, 66587 – Grateley Camera


An early morning capture GB Railfreight 66769 leaving Ribblehead Virtual Quarry – Ribblehead Station Camera
GB Railfreight liveried Class 50s Nos. 50049 & 50007 on charter duties – Leyland Camera
LNER Azuma launch, with a very special guest 4468 Mallard – York ROC Camera 1
Steam on the S&C as 48151 powers through with The Dalesman – Kirkby Stephen Camera


43081, in special branding to mark 11 years of East Midlands Trains – Bedford Camera
A TransPennine Express full house! – York ROC Camera 1
A rare Caledonian Sleeper daylight working north of the border, 92010 in charge of a rake of new MK5 coaching stock – Thankerton Camera
Colas Rail 70817 on the logs – Clitheroe Camera


A Colas Convoy – Chesterfield (Hasland/Sth Jn) Cameras
Lots of LNER, Azuma, Flying Scotsman DVT and Class 91 – Doncaster Camera
TransPennine Express Nova 2 on test – Thankerton Camera
Classic traction still earning its keep, as DCR employ Class 20s – Crewe Camera 1


Quad 20s, a wonderful sight in this day and age – Chesterfield (Hasland/Sth Jn) Cameras
First outing for the recently repainted 60026 – Doncaster Camera
6233 Duchess of Sutherland attracting the crowds with a splendid arrival – York ROC Camera 1
61306 Mayflower – Slough Cameras


Back to Back! ScotRail Inter7City HST Power Cars – Chesterfield (Hasland/Sth Jn) Cameras
The iconic 91111 For The Fallen – York North (Skelton Jn) Cameras
A frosty morning as 43048 leads an East Midlands Railway service to London St Pancras – Chesterfield (Haslnad/Sth Jn) Cameras
Blending into the background, A frosty morning for ‘all-white’ Virgin Trains Pendolino – Thankerton Camera


Another fresh from the Toton Paint Shop – DC Rail’s first Class 60 in to service – Chesterfield (Hasland/Sth Jn) Cameras
Double Steam at York, Clun Castle and Tornado delight the gathered crowds – York ROC Camera 1
Certainly the first time we have seen this lash up, Freightliner Class 70 hauling a TransPennine Express Nova 3 set – Crewe Camera 4
We couldn’t sign off without the LNER HST Farewell tour, simply stunning! – Edinburgh Waverley

Happy New Year from us all at Railcam UK.

Last Call for Railcam Shop Orders….

Last orders for Christmas delivery will be 18:00 UK time, Thursday 19th December.

All orders will be upgraded to first class post, and orders over £6 (exc postage) will include a free gift.

Orders for Railcam Subscription Gift Vouchers will not have a cut off date, as they are distributed via email.

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Merry Christmas.

Winter Collection now available

The Railcam shop has been stocked up and our Winter Collection is now available to order.

The old favourites are back, in the shape of Hoodies, Fleece Jackets, Beanie Hats and the stunning Whisky Tumbler.

New lines include an Insulated Tumbler, Scarf, Gloves and a ‘Man Bag’!

Get your orders in NOW via the Railcam Shop at

Railcam Remembers ‘Seahill’

The week just gone marked the first anniversary of the passing of our dear friend Jon Condell – “Seahill” to all at Railcam.

Please take a moment to read the first piece in Cheggs Corner, for a personal view on Jon’s passing and what he brought to Railcam before he was taken by cancer one year ago.

Railcam Store – Winter Collection **Coming Soon**

As the weather is turning colder our online store turns towards our winter collection.

Returning are popular items including branded fleeces and beanie hats, which sold out very quickly last year.

New items this year will include scarves, Thinsulate gloves and a superb Railcam branded insulated tumbler, which are sure to fly off the shelves.

Another addition is a handy shoulder bag, or mini reporter bag to give it its proper name, ideal for the small items when you are out on a journey, or by the lineside.

Our stunning engraved whisky glass is also still in stock, enjoy your favourite tipple as you watch the snowfall (possibly) across our cameras this winter.

Some items are already listed on our special ‘Winter Collection’ page, which can be found at

Competition Announcement!

Last week we launched our News & Features pages with the Lincoln Azuma article.

As part of the launch we ran a competition with the First prize being sponsored by

The very easy question was …. What does Azuma mean in Japanese?

The answer contained in the article ….. The name Azuma is derived from an archaic word used to mean ‘east’, originally applied to the fifteen northern and eastern provinces of Japan. According to legend, the hero Prince Yamatotakeru, on his mission to conquer the eastern barbarians, was badly homesick and cried ‘Azuma wa ya!

We thank you all for taking the time to read our feature and for taking part in the competition.

The winner is Charlotte Saunderson.

Our Second prize of an exclusive LNER goodbag…..

The winner of the Goodybag is …. David Mitchell

Joint Third prizes were of Railcam Merchandise

The Mug batch goes to Sara King and the Cap batch to Antony Edinborough.

Winners need to forward their contact details to by 2pm on Friday 15th November 2019 to claim their prize. Any unclaimed will be redrawn.

Once again many thanks for supporting Railcam UK