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!
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
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.
Most of you will be aware of our recent ‘pop-up’ camera on the Isle of Wight, overlooking Ryde Esplanade, Ryde Pier and the hovercraft landing area, if you missed it you can view some of the footage below….
This temporary camera, streamed via iPad from our teams hotel room window, was a huge success with upwards of 500 viewers at once logging in to our YouTube stream to see the famous Island Line stock, hovercraft, shipping and bus action.
Since that visit our admin team have been in discussions with the hotel, and we are delighted to reveal those discussion have been very positive and we plan to visit the site again in the next couple of weeks to survey for a possible permanent camera.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Devon coast once again tomorrow when 70000 Britannia 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, 70000, running as 70022 Tornado (TBC) 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.
Those important camera times and working information is as follows,
West Coast Railways first charter since the enforced closure due to Covid-19 is upon us, and brings steam back to our ever popular York ROC Cameras.
The Scarborough Spa Express is a firm favourite with our viewer as we get some fantastic views of steam at the historic York station, as well as the bonus of seeing the locomotive being turned on the turntable after her days work.
Thursday 30th July is the date for your diary as we see West Coast Railways return to the rails, passing a number of our cameras throughout the round trip from Carnforth-Scarborough-Carnforth, those all important camera pass times can be found below….
1Z24 Carnforth to Scarborough (Diesel hauled Carnforth to York)
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,
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