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
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.
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
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.
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.