Are you getting the most out of your Railcam subscription….?

We have seen comments many times in the past from Railcam members and subscribers saying ‘Oh, I didn’t realise I could do that’ or ‘I didn’t realise that was a feature on Railcam’. So we have put together our first 3 tutorial videos to explain a few of the options you may not realise are available to you…

Firstly we look at Registration, Login and Subscriptions….

Secondly we explain all about the cameras and chatroom options….

And finally we look into the often daunting Diagrams and Schedules…. (It’s a lot easier than you think!)

Are there any other parts of the Railcam site you would like explaining in more detail? Drop a comment below and we will see what we can do.

#SpottingFromHome & #SpottingFromWork 2.0

Once again we move into ‘lockdown’ restrictions across the UK, and many of us now find ourselves at home for at least the next few weeks…… We have already been asked if we intend to resurrect #SpottingFromHome / #SpottingFromWork to enable rail enthusiasts who are now restricted to where they can safely travel to, to continue enjoying the hobby from the comfort of their armchair. Well we can, but it will be on a smaller scale…..

#SpottingFromHome hasn’t ever really stopped, the hashtag has been ticking over slowly on Twitter since we officially called an end to the campaign after the first national lockdown in March 2020, but we have been delighted to see members still sharing their captures from across our cameras as Covid-19 has still left many of us unwilling or unable to travel, except where necessary.

So, will we bring back #SpottingFromHome? Well the answer is of course yes, but it won’t be on the scale of last time. With home schooling and people working from home, our social media team are not sat at their desks all day, we have children to teach and commitments we have to attend to away from Railcam, so #SpottingFromHome 2.0 will work a little differently……

We will continue to like each and every post, as we did last time around, but the retweeting will be a little different. We will retweet a number of posts throughout the day, as time permits, but we won’t be able to go into the detail we did with all the retweets previously, this time we will pick a selection to retweet in detail.

What do we ask when you share your #SpottingFromHome or #SpottingFromWork captures? Simply tag Railcam and the TOC in your capture, and include the hashtag #SpottingFromHome or #SpottingFromWork, it’s that simple. If you want to add detail of the number and working of the train then please feel free.

We must stress that you follow all social distancing measure set out by the government, and do not make unnecessary journeys to take photos to share with us. #SpottingFromHome is exactly that, you are using our cameras to screen grab images to share with fellow Railcam members, from your home.

If you are #SpottingFromWork, please do so by following your companies safety guidelines.

Railcam to celebrate Midland Mainline HSTs with #HSTonMML

**POSTPONED**

© @HiPa_IC125_

Who doesn’t love a HST? No, I didn’t think there would be many hands raised to that question. Well, this Saturday, 3rd October, Railcam will be celebrating the iconic High Speed Train. We plan to head out to the Midland Mainline, between Leicester and Derby/Nottingham to feature a number of live streams of these famous beasts in action via our YouTube channel.

We also plan to feature live photos across our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, but we need your help! Throughout the day we would like to see your own historical photos of HSTs working on the Midland Mainline, alongside the hashtag #HSTonMML.

Along with the hashtag, we would also ask that you tag Railcam, East Midlands Railway and We are EMR across any of the platforms you choose to post to. We will like and share as many as we can throughout the day.

That’s it, it’s that simple……

Despite the wet forecast, we still plan to head out and cover as much as we possibly can. With that in mind, here are the scheduled* HST workings for Saturday 3rd October (* Subject to change)

SET 1 – 5B23, 1B23, 1D28, 1B48, 1D53, 1B73, 1F77, 5F77.

SET 2 – 5B28, 1B28, 1D33, 1B53, 1D58, 1B78, 1D81, 5D81.

SET 3 – 5D13, 1D13, 1B33, 1D38, 1B58, 1D63, 5D63.

SET 4 – 5B13, 1B13, 1D18, 1B38, 1D43, 1B63, 1D68, 5D68.

SET 5 – 5B18, 1B18, 1D23, 1B43, 1D48, 1B68, 1F70, 5F70.

You will be able to track the movements of all of these services on the day by using our RC Data tab on the Railcam website. Type the headcode in the appropriate search box. Allocations can also be added, along with set and coach information.

Note. We are not encouraging gatherings of enthusiasts and we urge that social distancing measures are still followed, when travelling and on stations.

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!

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

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)

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.

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

#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)

The Architecture The Railways Built visits the Settle-Carlisle

To coincide with the latest episode (Tuesday 19th May) of Yesterday’s The Architecture The Railways Built, hosted by Railcam member and avid supporter Tim Dunn, we are streaming all four of our cameras from the Settle-Carlisle Line LIVE on YouTube for the entire day.

© UKTV/Yesterday

Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Kirkby Stephen, Ribblehead Station and of course Ribblehead Viaduct will stream throughout the day for you to enjoy during the buildup to the airing at 8pm on TV channel Yesterday (Freeview 19, Sky 155, Virgin Media 129).

© UKTV/Yesterday

Watch the Yesterday preview here https://bcove.video/2TgRjE1

As well as the beautiful Settle-Carlisle Line, York station is also featured in this episode, and you can watch our camera overlooking the grand old station on our YouTube channel or via the links below…..

Horton-in-Ribblesdale Camera
© Railcam UK
Kirkby Stephen Camera
©Railcam UK
Ribblehead Station Camera
© Railcam UK
Ribblehead Viaduct Camera
© Railcam UK
York ROC Camera (Station)
© Railcam UK