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.”

A Tornado due to hit Teignmouth…..(maybe)

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,

1Z27 Bristol Temple Meads to Dartmouth Kingswear

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15876946

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=16268562

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 UK

Scarborough Spa Express Brings Steam Back To York

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.

©Jamie Rowley

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)

06:14 – Bolton-Le-Sands Camera

06:35 – Preston Camera

08:20 – Todmorden Camera

11:18 – York ROC Camera 1

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=16055595

1Z27 Scarborough to Carnforth (Diesel hauled York to Carnforth)

17:44 – York ROC Camera 1

20:55 – Todmorden Camera

22:13 – Preston Camera

23:01 – Bolton-Le-Sands Camera

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15874636

©Jamie Rowleuy

Additional Locomotive Movements….

5Z22 York National Railway Museum to York Holgate Sidings

West Coast Railways Steam Pool Locomotive + Support Coach

10:13-10:16 York ROC Camera 1

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15874639

5Z23 York Holgate Sidings to York National Railway Museum

West Coast Railways Steam Pool Locomotive + Support Coach

18:39-20:15 – York ROC Camera 2 (Locomotive turned on turntable)

20:26 – York ROC Camera 1

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15874642

In addition, the diesel locomotives will be stored in York Parcels Sidings once the steam locomotive takes over, arriving 10:27 (0Z21)and departing 17:21 (0Z23) on York ROC Camera 1.

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

Return of Steam Hauled Charters with Britannia

Steam hauled charter services return to the mainline on Wednesday 15th July as 70000 Britannia hauls Saphos Trains operated ‘The Fellsman’.

Working north from Crewe to Carlisle and back, via the world famous Settle & Carlisle Line, the charter will take in a number of our cameras en route, and you can check all the camera times below,

1Z19 Crewe to Carlsile

Crewe Cameras 2 & 3 (07:50), Crewe Camera 4 (07:53), Leyland (09:18), Clitheroe (10:13), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (11:17), Ribblehead (11:24) & Kirkby Stephen (11:49).

1Z21 Carlisle to Crewe

Kirkby Stephen (17:03), Ribblehead (17:27), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (17:33), Clitheroe (18:55), Leyland (20:00), Crewe Camera 4 (21:23) & Crewe Cameras 2 & 3 (21:26).

Please tag us in on Facebook and Twitter featuring your screen captures and we will give them a like.

Railcam Subscriptions from 18th July 2020

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.

Welcome Back Swanage Railway

©Swanage Railway

RE-OPENING SERVICES

We can’t wait to welcome you back!

View the spectacular ruins of Corfe Castle – and the beautiful Purbeck countryside – from the comfort of our special heritage diesel hauled re-opening train service.

From Saturday, 11 July, 2020, we will be running our re-opening Swanage to Norden and return train service that will be different from what we would normally operate.

Starting at Swanage station, the special return journey does not stop at Herston Halt, Harman’s Cross or Corfe Castle to ensure the safety of passengers and staff.

There will be four departures a day from Swanage station at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00.

Trains cannot be boarded at Norden, Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross or Herston Halt, these stations will be closed.

Our special advanced purchase fare can only be purchased online. 

Capacity is strictly limited with seat allocation to observe Social Distancing regulations.

©Swanage Railway

RH&DR Re-opening in historic style

Did you know we have Visit Britain’s ‘Good To Go’ certification? This ring of confidence shows that we can reassure visitors that clear processes are in place for you to travel safely. 
©RH&DR

Re-opening in historic style

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.

See our safety measures at https://www.rhdr.org.uk/special-events/back-on-track/?utm_source=Trade+Contacts&utm_campaign=cf374848ff-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_07_02_59_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_060fb42a71-cf374848ff-224159165

#SpottingFromHome update….

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.

Thank you for all those 9 million little interactions, you have been amazing.

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.

Jamie (CSK)