Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway cameras come to Railcam

We are absolutely thrilled to finally announce the addition of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway webcams to Railcam.

Another project that has been long in the making, and was made even longer by the Covid pandemic, has finally come through. We welcome the already very popular trio of cameras at Porthmadog Harbour Station, Minffordd and Tan Y Bwlch to our already extensive heritage offerings from across the UK.

The Ffestiniog Railway is the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it.

The Welsh Highland Railway is the UK’s longest heritage railway and runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foot of Snowdon and the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, then through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. Passengers ride in some of the most comfortable carriages on any heritage railway in the UK, including first class Pullman luxury and freshly-cooked food delivered to your seat.

Porthmadog Harbour Station
Minffordd
Tan Y Bwich

The webcams are available to all Railcam members now, and also via the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway website at www.festrail.co.uk, where you can also keep up to date with all the very latest news from the railway.

Fingers crossed for the return of services to both the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, and all our heritage partners, later this year.

Railcam Sheffield is LIVE!

We are delighted to reveal our latest installation, Railcam Sheffield.

For the last 10 months Covid-19 has limited us to very few installs and upgrades, dodging between lockdowns and travel restrictions, we have struggled to keep up with the mountain of locations we have to install with brand new cameras, or upgrade existing equipment.

One shining light has been the small number of hosts who are able to self install pre-configured equipment, and our host at Sheffield is one of those.

Shipped just last week, our host has got the equipment set up in his office window in no time, and we now have a stunning overview of the north end of Sheffield station, which has the added bonus of the Sheffield SuperTram thrown in for good measure.

Due to the camera being inside, we unfortunately can’t offer audio, but the PTZ (Pan, Tilt & Zoom) functionality of the camera gives us the option of the stunning images displayed below,

Railcam Sheffield will be available to Railcam Supporters from 10am on Friday 29th January.

Fancy becoming a Railcam Supporter?

For £4 a month or as little as £23 for the entire year, you can take advantage of many addition features, including Live Signalling Diagrams, addition Premium Cameras, Schedule information and much more…..

Find out more at https://railcam.uk/whatyouget.php

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

Isle of Wight Camera update….

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….

©Railcam UK Ltd

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 would like to thank the team at the Royal Esplanade Hotel for a wonderful stay. Find out more at https://www.royalesplanadehotel.co.uk.

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.

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.