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

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.

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway to re-open 4th July

We’re re-opening!

©Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

‘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.

Visit the RHDR website for more https://www.rhdr.org.uk

Locomotive Services Ltd Electric Traction Training continues…

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

#SpottingFromHome or #SpottingFromWork – Let’s stay safe http://news.railcam.uk/index.php/2020/03/28/spottingfromhome/

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Virtual Steam & Diesel Gala

With many enthusiasts looking at galas and railtours they ‘would’ have been on this weekend, the calendar of upcoming events remains bare. One heritage railway is breaking the block of emptiness by bringing you the first ever ‘Virtual Steam & Diesel Gala’, and it is building up to be a wonderful day.

© Steve Town

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Virtual Steam & Diesel Gala takes place on Saturday 16th May on their Facebook page, and features a full day of interactive entertainment for all ages, with the aim of raising much needed funds to help the railway through lockdown and to get up and running again once restrictions are lifted.

Essential to everyone is your Gala e-Guide, which details the events taking place, these can be purchased in advance at https://rhdr.vticket.co.uk/section.php/23/1/support-us along with a number of other ‘virtual’ products that will help out the railway going forward.

During this difficult time the railway’s survival relies on the generous support of our friends. We realise that lots of our regular passengers are missing their train journeys on the RH&DR and are looking for ways to continue to support us.

Supporters Virtual Ticket

  • We’ll send you a printable e-certificate to say thank you – it’s the least we can do! 

Travel and Supporters Ticket

  • An official invitation and ticket to travel on an exclusive train on the first Saturday when we return to service. The invitation will be sent via e-mail so please ensure that your e-mail address is correct
  • A Supporters Virtual Ticket. More information here: https://rhdr.vticket.co.uk/product.php/152/supporters-virtual-ticket
  • This ticket is limited to 100.
  • We’ll send you a printable e-certificate and well as our usual e-ticket to say thank you – it’s the least we can do! 

Virtual Steam & Diesel Gala e-Guide

  • Purchase our e-guide for this event and help to support the railway. (*This e-guide will be e-mailed to the e-mail address used when purchasing.)
  • Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RHandDR to join in the fun and see your favourite locomotives.

Why not add a Virtual Coal Bucket to your e-Guide purchase?

  • In addition to our e-guide this option also includes a Virtual Coal Bucket that’ll be filled and shown on our social media pages. We’ll fill the bucket – label it with your name and fill our locomotive tenders with it LIVE when we can safely return.

How about a Virtual Bacon Roll & a Coffee

  • Get your Gala day off to a traditional start with a virtual bacon roll and a coffee from the Heywood Buffet.
  • Note: you will not receive this virtual bacon roll or coffee – you will be supporting the Railway by purchasing this virtual item.

Virtual Fish & Chips from The End Of The Line Restaurant

  • It’s lunch-time at the Dungeness End of the Line Restaurant and virtual fish and chips are top of the menu choices.
  • Note: you will not receive this virtual bacon roll or coffee – you will be supporting the Railway by purchasing this virtual item.

Virtual Afternoon Tea in Hythe’s Vintage Tea Room

  • Tea for two at the Hythe Vintage Tea Room would bring any visit to the RH&DR to a distinguished close but on Virtual Gala day this will be a special treat.
  • Note: you will not receive this virtual bacon roll or coffee – you will be supporting the Railway by purchasing this virtual item.

All of the above are available to purchase at https://rhdr.vticket.co.uk/section.php/23/1/support-us

© Steve Town

Like many of you, everyone at the RH&DR was looking forward to a busy weekend seeing some of our favourite locomotives travel the line between Hythe and Dungeness.

This year we’re unable to invite you all to visit us so we’ve decided to bring the railway to you.

We’ll be featuring our favourite videos of previous services including parallel runs, multiple headers and visiting locomotives plus live q&a sessions, competitions and more.

Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RHandDR to join in the fun and see your favourite locomotives.

‘Our annual Gala with its unique Romney combination of many locomotives in use on challenging and unusual workings is for me one of the highlights of the railway year. To allow a year to pass without recognising this key weekend in our year is unthinkable. That this year this must be in virtual format is very different and we all understand why. However, I for one am looking forward to it hugely. Danny Martin – General Manager

Look out for a few Railcam Supporters packages on offer to!

#StaySafeStayHome

East Midlands Railway reminds passengers to only use public transport for essential journeys

  • New social distancing measures being introduced at stations and on trains
  • New timetable will be introduced from Monday 18th May
  • Passengers should continue to follow Government guidance

East Midlands Railway (EMR) passengers are being asked to heed Government advice and only use public transport for essential journeys – ahead of the introduction of additional social distancing measures and a new timetable.  

New social distancing information is being added at all EMR stations and on trains in the coming days and weeks. Passengers will be also asked to maintain a safe and sensible distance from other passengers and staff and follow the guidance provided at all times.  In line with updated Government advice, passengers may also wish to wear face coverings while travelling.

To help support social distancing and ensure the rail industry is doing everything it can to support the UK at this critical time, a new timetable will also be introduced on Monday 18th May.

Overall, it will provide an increase in service level of approximately 20 % – meaning EMR will be operating approximately 80% of its ‘normal’ or ‘full’ timetable.

However, to maintain social distancing the available space for passengers is greatly reduced and it is therefore absolutely vital passengers continue to follow Government travel advice and only travel by public transport if it is absolutely necessary.

Passengers who need to travel by train should check their journey before leaving, leave extra time to pass through the station, use contactless payment and, if at all possible, travel at quieter times of the day.

Will Rogers, Managing Director at East Midlands Railway, said: “I am very grateful for the cooperation of our passengers and the hard work and commitment of our staff right across the country in recent weeks. This has been an unprecedented period for all of us.

“Our new timetable will allow a small increase in the number of passengers we can accommodate. However, we urge everyone to only go by train if it is necessary and keep public transport for key workers and those who must travel.

“To help, we will be providing extra information and guidance at all 91 of our stations and on our trains. I would urge everyone travelling to be mindful of each other and maintain a safe and sensible distance.”

To plan your journey visit https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/covid-19

East Midlands Railway timetable summary

EMR Intercity

2 Trains Per Hour to and from Sheffield:

  • 1 Fast Service
  • 1 Semi-Fast Service

2 Trains Per Hour to and from Nottingham

  • 1 Fast Service
  • 1 Semi-Fast Service

An Hourly shuttle service between Corby and Kettering to connect with Midland Main Line services.

Note: Calling patterns may differ during AM and PM peak periods.

EMR Regional

Circa 80 % of services will operate Monday to Saturday, with selected off-peak reductions compared to normal.

Services on all routes will operate throughout the normal hours of operation, with early and late services reinstated on routes where limited opening hours are currently in place.

Liverpool-Norwich services will re-commence operating between Sheffield and Liverpool, with a small number of off-peak cancellations on the route.

Services between Nottingham and Worksop will operate hourly, calling at all intermediate stations.

Sunday services will continue to operate at current reduced levels.

East Midlands Railway donate vital funds to community café

© East Midlands Railway

East Midlands Railways (EMR) has donated crucial funds and food to a community café in Newark, which is helping vulnerable people cope during the Covid-19 pandemic.

EMR has provided Carriages Community Café at Newark Castle station with £2,500 and more than 50 meals, including food from its supplier Rail Gourmet, to support their efforts.

The money will be used to buy a much-needed new oven – allowing the café to produce more than 200 meals each week.

Carriages has operated a Community Cafe at Newark Castle station for nearly three years. During this time, it has been providing a three-course meal for £3 after the regular cafe closed at 5:30pm, every other week.

It has also operated a successful “pay it forward” scheme meaning people can offer to pay for someone else’s meal, who could otherwise go hungry.

Given the unprecedented circumstances, owner Wendy Baird decided to run the cafe as a takeaway every Wednesday to support the vulnerable during these difficult times. The café provides “a meal in a bag” to be collected and taken home to eat for those that can, or delivered by the fire service to those who are isolating. 

The food includes a cooked meal, a pudding and other food that can be used at home, when available.

Wendy Baird thanked EMR for the donation, she said: “Without donations such as this, we simply could not afford to keep this project going and help support some of the most vulnerable people in this area.

“More people than ever need this service and we really appreciate any donation to ensure that we can carry on for as long as possible. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Caring communities are strong communities.”

Kirsty Derry, HR Director of East Midlands Railway, said: “In these uncertain times, projects such as the one run by Wendy are becoming increasingly important to the communities we serve. We are proud to support her work and hope that our donation can make an important impact in helping those people who might be struggling in these difficult times.”

If you would like to help Carriages please visit its Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/carriagescommunitycafe?utm_term=8DVbqYwwv

East Midlands Railway key workers host ‘Grifftonbury’ online concert for key workers

  • Online concert created by Railway key workers for all key workers
  • Cut & Run reunite to perform on Saturday 9th May
  • Money raised goes to Hospice UK, supporting the NHS

Staff at EMR are performing a socially distanced concert to raise money and awareness for Hospice UK. The online concert, ‘Grifftonbury’, will take place on Saturday 9th May.

The idea for ‘Grifftonbury’ was put together back in 2017 by East Midlands Railway (previously East Midlands Trains) and Samaritans staff as a way to raise money for charity.

As a lifelong Glastonbury fan, Paul Griffin (Griff), Head of Drivers for EMR and a keen Bass player, decided to put a band together.

Just over a year later, ‘Cut & Run’ were formed, consisting of Pete Eddy (Driver, Nottingham), Simon Thorpe (Driver, Nottingham) Paul Griffin (Head of Drivers), Jason Ochello (Driver Depot Manager St Pancras & Kettering), Duane Firth (Driver Manager, Nottingham) and Ashley Wynder (Trainee Train Driver).

After months of rehearsals, marketing, planning and even commemorative t-shirts, Cut & Run performed for the first time back in 2018. Encompassing classic tracks covering four decades; from ballads to ‘Pop’ to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cut & Run performed for their audience who were all on the dance floor ‘strutting their stuff’ and enjoying the party.

Cut & Run have since organised and performed several other charity events and raised thousands of pounds.

After the Covid-19 pandemic sent the UK in to lockdown in March, key workers across the railway and other sectors have been working hard to keep the country moving and what better way for them to enjoy some down time then to tune in to an online concert performed by Cut & Run.

Cut & Run will perform online at 20:00 on Saturday 9th May, if you would like to listen and donate, follow Grifftonbury on Facebook or Twitter for all the details.

Paul Griffin, Head of Drivers for EMR said “With Coronavirus meaning a lockdown in the UK, we wanted to celebrate all the wonderful key workers who are continuing to work every day during this pandemic.

“Cut & Run are going to perform a one off concert, whilst socially distancing of course, to cheer everybody up hopefully raise funds for Hospice UK, who are doing wonderful work in very difficult circumstances.

“We are looking forward to performing again and hope everyone enjoys it”.

 

Grifftonbury Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Grifftonbury/

Grifftonbury Twitter page – https://twitter.com/Grifftonbury