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
From Saturday 18th July 2020 there will be a small increase in the cost of our Railcam Subscription packages, our first increase in over 2 years.
Any price increase is taken after great consideration from our admin team, and not a decision we take lightly. With increasing camera locations (We have a huge backlog of installs due to Covid-19) and upgrades to our existing cameras, brings an inevitable increase in costs to us to keep everything running, and with that in mind we have made the decision to increase the prices as outlined below,
12 Months – £23
6 Months – £14
3 Months – £8
1 Month – £4
We feel this is still incredible value for money, Subscribing to Railcam give you access to all our “Supporter” extras including :
35 exclusive cameras from around the UK (with more to come…)
Our comprehensive and detailed live signalling diagrams
RC Data – including community-sourced headcodes and TOPs allocations
We have some fantastic ‘high profile’ projects in the pipeline, working with some wonderful partners from within the industry. Both new locations and upgrades are planned, so please keep an eye on our social media pages over the coming weeks.
We’re steaming towards re-opening. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway have been carefully following the latest Government advice and guidance to leisure facilities and will re-open tomorrow on Saturday 4th July.
Re-opening day locomotives: The two steam locomotives chosen for ‘Back on Track: re-opening day’ are locomotive number 2, Northern Chief and locomotive number 5, Hercules. Capturing the sense of such a momentous occasion these locomotives also originally opened the line in 1927. Northern Chief pulled the Duke of York’s train whilst Hercules inaugural train on opening day.
We’ve implemented a range of additional health and safety measures to protect our passengers and teams. On Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th June we successfully ran three trail steam trains per day to familiarise the drivers with the new timetable and ensure the new passenger flow had been practiced, allowing us to be confident in a safe re-opening.
Our world-famous steam locomotives will still be the same, but our journeys will be a little different.
After 89 days, 9 million Tweet impressions, averaging over 100,000 per day, we have decided that now is the time to start winding down the #SpottingFromHome and #SpottingFromWork campaign.
As Covid-19 restrictions have started to ease across the UK, Railcam’s lockdown status is also starting to ease. We are now able to start picking up on our long, long list of camera installs and upgrades (Where safe to do so under social distancing rules), as well as some of our heritage railway partners also planning for re-opening. Our attention will start to shift over to those new/upgraded camera locations, and supporting the heritage railways through what will be a very tricky and possibly stressful re-opening with welcoming back passengers under social distancing guidelines.
Obviously this doesn’t mean everything is back to normal, we still encourage you to stay safe and responsible whilst pursuing our hobby, and we most definitely still want to see your #SpottingFromHome and #SpottingFromWork captures on our social media pages. We will continue to like all of your posts, and will still pick out a few per day for retweets.
On a personal note, I would like to thank every single person who has taken the time to contribute to #SpottingFromHome and #SpottingFromWork. Every single Railcam follower, train operating company, railway based media outlets, social media team member, rail worker (drivers, station staff, train managers, dispatchers, depot workers, we have had them all), people spotting from their back gardens and whilst taking exercise. Thank you for all doing your part to help rail enthusiasts #StaySafeStayHome during these very difficult last 3 months.
As always, whenever we mention new camera locations, we get the inevitable requests to put cameras here, there and everywhere. We have a list of well over 20 locations on our books to start working through now, some will end up as part of the Railcam network, some won’t. A lot has changed in the last 3 months for everyone, so now our task is to get back in touch with potential hosts for our cameras and work through the backlog where safe to do so.
Once again, a huge thank you to all who have taken #SpottingFromHome this far, it’s been a blast! Remember to #StaySafe and stick to #EssentialTravelOnly and we will hopefully be back to enjoying our hobby again very soon.
‘We’re steaming towards re-opening. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway have been carefully following the latest Government advice and guidance to leisure facilities and will re-open on Saturday 4th July. We’ve implemented a range of additional health and safety measures to protect our passengers and teams. Our world-famous steam locomotives will still be the same, but our journeys will be a little different. Our railway can only open in stages and we have invested in changes to our coaches to enable this. We realise the flexibility we usually can offer is not possible, but we really would value you coming to visit. The railway’s survival will be led by how many passengers we see in the days following Saturday 4th July. The details of the revised arrangements are detailed below as well as how to book. If the situation changes we will arrange a change of date for your visit to suit you or a full refund. There will be no admin charges.
Pre-booking is essential.
All journeys will begin from New Romney Station (TN28 8PL) and journey to Dungeness. Passengers will have 20 minutes to spend at Dungeness before their designated return time. This will ensure we can safely meet social distancing requirements. Our usual capacity will be reduced so we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment. www.rhdr.org.uk
Socially distanced queuing and carriage compartments.
We’re following the Governments 2-metre social distancing guidelines. We’ll try to keep queues to a minimum but where they exist you’ll see 2-metre markers. Partitions between carriage compartments will mean you can see those in the compartment next to you but contact will be restricted.
Additional hygiene measures.
You’ll notice some new additions to the station such as hygiene screens at shop/catering counters, new hand sanitising stations and carriage compartment cleaning between each return journey. Our teams have all had additional briefings on social distancing and additional cleaning measures.
Contactless payments are preferred.
Please pay by card in our gift shops and catering outlets where possible. Gift Shops and Catering Outlets will not be open as we restart but will be available in shortly.
Bring a suitable face covering.
We advise all adults to wear a face covering when possible. Face coverings will be available for purchase in New Romney Shop upon arrival.
Hygiene and safety signs.
To help guide our passengers around the railway and assist with hygiene advice new signage has been installed. Please read it carefully.
Some facilities will be temporarily unavailable.
The Model Railway Exhibition and Play Areas at New Romney are temporarily closed.
Toilet facilities will continue to be available at New Romney and Dungeness.
Thank you for your patience and continued support.
Another three days of driver training is pencilled in this coming week for the Locomotive Services Ltd electric fleet, with runs between Crewe and Preston scheduled for Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th June.
Unless 90001/002 have made their way north, we fully expect this to be either 86101 or 87002, and you can catch the moves at the following times,
0Z86 Crewe Holding Sidings to Preston Shunt Line
10:51 – Crewe Cameras 2 & 3
10:54 – Crewe Camera 4
11:44 – Leyland Camera
11:52 Farington Junction Camera
0Z87 Preston Shunt Line to Crewe
12:38 – Farington Junction Camera
12:44 – Leyland Camera
13:30 – Crewe Camera 4
13:32 – Crewe Cameras 2 & 3
0Z88 Crewe to Preston Shunt Line
13:55 – Crewe Cameras 2 & 3
13:57 – Crewe Camera 4
14:49 – Leyland Camera
14:51 Farington Junction Camera
0Z89 Preston Shunt Line to Crewe Holding Sidings
15:15 – Farington Junction Camera
15:20 – Leyland Camera
16:24 – Crewe Camera 4
16:28 – Crewe Cameras 2 & 3
Remember to pop your screen grabs and videos on our Twitter page (@railcamlive) and include the hashtag #SpottingFromHome