Throughout a very testing 2021, Railcam has continued to grow at a tremendous rate, with installations and upgrade projects delayed by Covid-19 and national lockdowns being picked up and completed. The huge backlog saw Railcam take on our first part time employee, in Barking camera host and technical admin Andrew Jebb, who came on board to help get the mountain of jobs slowly ticked off.
The number of outstanding job was only added to throughout the year as more hosts came forward to offer new locations. The quicker we completed pre-Covid jobs, potential new locations were being added, which still means we have much to do going into 2022….
As we all know, more cameras means more site surveys, more installation trips, more maintenance trips and older cameras being upgraded to more modern standards that our supporters expect, resulting in beefing up our servers to withstand the extra loadings. This unfortunately comes at a cost……
Throughout 2021 welcomed new cameras at Keighley, Kidderminster, Sheffield and Wigan. Upgrades were also undertaken at Beattock, Bedford, Bolton le Sands, Crewe, Flitwick, Newark, Peterborough, Thankerton, Todmorden and Watford.
On the heritage side we welcomed a number of new locations, including the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Seaton Tramway and the Severn Valley Railway our ever increasing coverage of the UK heritage scene.
We have also seen additions to the international coverage we offer, with partnerships from Tampere, Finland and Lyon AHICF Post 1, France, both boosting our coverage outside of the UK.
Additional cameras obviously come at a cost, and this year has been no exception. A third server was required to keep the railcam wheels rolling, along with hardware, travel and installation costs, which saw our small team stretched far and wide. Our overheads have risen significantly, which includes rising server hosting and bandwidth costs, plus we have also installed a number of dedicated broadband connections at some of our sites, including the use of commercial 4G connectivity, each of which involves a contact of its own but will bring a more reliable service to our viewers.
Recent months have seen costs from our suppliers rise across the board, mainly driven by the rise in fuel costs. In particular, power-hungry servers are costing more to run and transport costs for installations and maintenance are rising sharply.
We have done what we can to tighten our belts and absorb rising costs, but like all businesses at the moment, we have no option but to balance the books.
With that in mind, we have made the decision to restructure our supporter package pricing from February 1st 2022, the following will apply,
- 12 Months £30
- 6 Months £18
- 3 Months £10
- 1 Month £4, which has remained unchanged to offer an introductory taster to Railcam.
These prices remain competitive and great value compared to similar comparable websites worldwide.
Remember your Railcam subscription is not just for the cameras, our highly regarded RCData package includes schedules, live signalling diagrams and user sourced allocation information, by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts. More information can be found at https://railcam.uk/whatyouget.php
Raising the cost of our supporter packages is a decision we haven’t taken lightly, but we believe we are still offering some of the best value for any enthusiast in the UK – or further afield.
Any subscription taken out before the 1st February will be added to your existing package and will not incur an addition charge until that package expires.