Railcam Recommends….. The Swan & Railway Hotel at Wigan

Our recently added and hugely popular cameras at Wigan North Western were made possible by Landlady, Shelley and her team at the Swan and Railway Hotel. It is thanks to their kind offer to host the cameras that we can bring you up close and personal to this busy part of the north-west of England.

But the Swan and Railway is more than just a camera host. This delightful hotel boasting views of the WCML and the Wigan North Western platforms, offering fine ales including permanent fixture Bass Bitter, honest food, a great atmosphere and beautiful rooms, including a number with a view of the railway itself.


Built in 1898 this beautiful Victorian pub on Wigan’s Wallgate, immediately opposite North Western Station and just a hundred yards from Wallgate station stands proud retaining many of its original features including a splendid tiled drinking corridor.

We hope we’ve brought you something special as we’ve sought to turn the pub back to how in would have ‘come out of the box’ new in its extravagant Victorian heyday. Bustling and lively but with corners to relax in we hope you enjoy it as a proper pub. At its heart are cask beers served form our magnificent beer engine, complemented by a great range of the finest lagers, stouts, ciders, wines, spirits and a carefully chosen wine list.

Wigan being Wigan we like our pies, so we serve Pieminister pies which are a real treat along with other honest dishes, always with a Vegan option and the best pork pies and Scotch eggs. If you don’t fancy a strong drink we also always offer the best fresh barista coffee or tea and a cake.

If your popping in for a quick escape before or after catching your train don’t worry you can keep an eye on the train times which are on display in the public bar while you read todays papers.

Our ‘Rocket’ juke box is a treat – made in Leeds by the only remaining traditional juke box manufacturer in the world it has a great selection – dig out the Northern Soul if that takes your fancy.

We could hardly call ourselves Wigan’s Original if we didn’t show the Rugby and Football games live and the Rugby League historians amongst you will soon discover why our back room is called the Syd Abram suite.

The Swan & Railway offer accommodation, spread over seven beautifully set out rooms, including two ‘Rail Enthusiast’ rooms, which offer views of the WCML and Wigan North Western railway station.

All rooms have,

  • A luxury en-suite with spacious shower
  • Towel rail razor points
  • Large flat screen TV with Free View
  • Comfy beds with crisp white linen
  • Complementary high speed WI-FI
  • Hospitality tray with kettle, tea/coffee etc
  • Iron, Ironing Board, Hairdryer, Sewing Kit available on request

Check availability and book your stay now by clicking here.


If you are waiting for a train connection or simply passing through and fancy a pint, there aren’t many better places to spend an hour, and with a wonderful selection of local cask ales always available you will be really spoilt for choice. Wines and spirits of course are available, including a large selection of rums and gins. You can check in real time what is on the hand pumps, and also whats in the cellar and even whats coming soon if you are planning a future trip. All this and more is available here.


Feeling peckish? Nothing goes more hand in hand with a pint than a pie, and the Swan & Railway have a wonderful selection of Pieminister pies, including the delicious Moo & Blue. These are served either straight up as a handy snack, or with your choice of mash, peas and/or gravy. If thats not enough, an amazing local patisserie supplies iconic patisserie classic, changing on a weekly basis.


Swan and Railway Hotel Wigan

https://swanandrailwayhotelwigan.co.uk

📍 80 Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire WN1 1BA

📞 01942 375817

✉️ swanandrailwayhotelwigan@gmail.com

Mon – Thu 12 noon – 11pm, Fri & Sat 12 noon – 12am, Sun 12 noon – 11pm

Stunning images unveiled as Wildlife of the Year arrive in Seaton Tramway

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at Seaton Tramway on 11th February featuring exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Using photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 55 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 50,000 entries from all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s award-winning images will embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by well over a million people.  

With a record-breaking number of entries from 95 countries, the judges of the fifty-seventh Wildlife Photographer of the Year have had the toughest job yet. Every entry was judged anonymously on its creativity, originality, and technical excellence by an international panel of industry experts.

The winning images, including the prestigious Grand Title Award winners, were announced on 12 October 2021 during an online Awards show. Broadcast live from the Natural History Museum in London, the free event hosted by BBC presenters and wildlife experts Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin and featured photographers, Museum scientists and special guests.

Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum says,

‘These extraordinary images showcase the rich diversity of life on Earth and spark curiosity and wonder. Telling the story of a planet under pressure, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition illuminates the urgent challenges we face and the collective action we need to take. This year’s inspiring exhibition will move and empower audiences to advocate for the natural world.’

The 100 photos will be on display at Seaton Station from 11th February – 8th April. You can extend your visit by taking a tram trip as well from 19th -26th February, every weekend in March, and 26th March – 8th April. Trams will continue to run until 30th October. Visit tram.co.uk to find out more.

Exhibition information:

Dates and times:

11th February – 8th April.

Seaton Station, EX12 2WD

10am – 4pm

To book tickets: tram.co.uk/WPY57

Prices from: Adult £5, Child 0-15 FREE

Visitor Enquiries: 01297 20375


Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London

Model Rail Scotland 2022

Our favourite model railway event of the year is back after falling victim to Covid restriction in 2021, and we can’t wait to get back up to Glasgow and catch up with all the happenings in the model railway scene that have been ticking along through the Covid era….. There has been a lot of buzz around the hobby in recent weeks and months on social media, with manufactures including Accurascale, Bachmann, Cavalex Models and Heljan amongst those bringing new and exciting products to the market.

The Exhibition is returning the SEC Glasgow on the 25th, 26th & 27th of February 2022 and will be open to visitors from;

  • 1030-1800hrs – Friday, 25th February
  • 1000-1800hrs – Saturday, 26th February
  • 1030-1700hrs – Sunday, 27th February

The list of layout and traders is seemingly endless, and there is guaranteed to be something for your layout or collection from traders including Accurascale, Cheltenham Model Centre, DCC Concepts, Footplate, Gaugemaster, JDM Models, Rails of Sheffield, Rainbow Railways, The Model Centre and many many more….

Layouts covering all gauges and eras are also attending, with examples including:

Barton Road (BR Western 1960s-1970s), Glenochil (Central Scotland 1960s) & Tuerland (German Outline) in N gauge.

Beijiao (21st Century Industrial China), 52nd Avenue (American 1950s) & Smartrop (Sweden 1930s) in HO Gauge.

Darlby Lane (British Outline), Blair Athol towards Drumochter (BR 1980s Scotland) & Humphrey Sidings (Southern 1940s) in OO gauge.

Loch Dubh (Scottish Region), Canal Sidings (British Outline) & Hyde Lane (Late 1960s) in O gauge.

A full list of these and many more beautifully built layouts appearing, as well as all the traders, can be found on the Model Rail Scotland website by clicking here.


CLASS 320 EMU Limited Edition Model

To celebrate the return of the show after its enforced absence in 2021, AMRSS Ltd have commissioned a Limited Edition N gauge model of SPT Class 320 306 ‘Model Rail Scotland’ from Revolution Trains.

On 18th  February 1997 at Glasgow Central station SPT Class 320 306 was named ‘Model Rail Scotland’ which was the first occasion when an item of British main line rolling stock had been named after a model railway exhibition and the ceremony launched the introduction of the new Strathclyde Passenger Transport Carmine & Cream livery.

To acknowledge this important part of the shows history AMRSS Ltd have teamed up with Revolution Trains to bring  320 306 Model Rail Scotland back to life in its SPT Carmine & Cream livery as a limited edition model in N gauge. Find out more about our Limited edition 320.

Further information on how to purchase the model at the show will be announced shortly. This model is exclusive to the exhibition and will be available at the show only from the AMRSS Sales stand at a cost of £295.


Advanced tickets are available here and provide the benefit of a saving on the ticket price along with entry 30 minutes earlier than normal opening times

On the door tickets will be available each day of the show from the ticket desk located outside Hall 3 these tickets are priced:

Adult £15 Child £6 Family £32

New Rail company Lumo impress at official launch

Lumo travel has officially launched their new Hitachi-built, class 803’s into service during an inaugural journey from London’s Kings Cross station to Edinburgh Scotland.

The start of the new open-access operator has been widely viewed as something for the passenger, bringing a whole new way of thinking about the experience rather than a service between points A and B.

Lumo 803001 at Kings Cross London launch 21 October 2021

There is now no need for First class travel. Everyone onboard a Lumo service gets treated the same way. They are important and any division of status due to how much you pay is scoffed at. The class system belongs in the past and in this time of inclusion, Lumo has it right.

Television personality Tim Dunn kindly shows the legroom available.

Lumo is part of First group and they have clearly listened to feedback from the GWR 800/2 stock for this new incarnation. The Lumo 803’s have more legroom, longer extendable back seat trays, 3 pin sockets, and USB points located in front rather than below seats, with adjustable lighting incorporated into seatbacks.

USB and 3 pin charging in front to save breaking those chargers!

Many other features remain the same. But those directly affecting comfort during a longer journey have been well considered. There is always a downside of course. With the Lumo sets, the cabins have been filled with airline seating with just two tables available. Many of those airline seats are forced into random window positions or carriage bodies so be sure to know the best seat numbers before you book.

inside the cabin of the Hitachi class 803 operated by Lumo.

The positives far outweigh the negatives though. Not only the aforementioned points but the ease of booking via their app, free entertainment package, at-seat pre-ordered food options, trolley service for those who forget or want some extras but the biggest plus? of course the price of under £20.

Lets have a more in-depth look at those plus points.

Take yourself to the Lumo site and have a really good look around. Try booking and see the options and how easy it is book. Then take another look! Choose your food. Organise your luggage to be collected and delivered to not just your destination, but your hotel or campsite. Consider which movie or box set you want to watch. Book additional tickets and have it all on one button of your phone.

Catch an episode of Peaky Blinders or the Architecture the railway built on Lumo’s free entertainment package.

Lumo will operate from Kings Cross and call at Stevenage, Newcastle, and Morpeth before arriving at Edinburgh. Initially, they will operate two trains in each direction per day before increasing the services in the new year. The first paying train will be on Monday 25th October. The best prices are available up to 12 weeks in advance and you can even use your railcard to further reduce costs.

Lumo Managing Director Helen Wylde departing the service at Edinburgh.

Lumo fully intends to be the focus of sustainability, inclusivity, and modern-day environmental issues with their fully electric trains and forward-thinking practices. The next time you want to make a journey between the capitols give them a try, you really won’t be left disappointed, more likely amazed.

Lumo operated 803001 arriving into Kings Cross with guest appearance from Tim Dunn and Geoff Marshall

Interview with Lumo MD Helen Wylde during the return to London

Railcam ‘Drivers Eye’ Series, West Somerset Railway

Coming this Friday, we begin rolling out the first videos from our West Somerset Railway ‘Drivers Eye’ camera. A total of 20 videos will be premiered over 10 days and will cover the entire railway in both directions, inc. the Norton Fitzwarren run-around.

British Railways Western Region ‘Manor’ Class 4-6-0 No. 7828 ‘Odney Manor’ takes us from Bishops Lydeard to Dunster. The first 8 videos of the series, capture station to station coverage along the line, with 2 videos premiered each day.

The following 12 videos will feature coverage captured from the Diesel and Electric Preservations Groups’s (DEPG) Class 33 ‘Crompton’ locomotives, D6566 & D6575. D6575 will take us from Dunster to Bishops Lydeard, where we hand over to D6566 for the Bishops Lydeard to Bishops Lydeard section via Norton Fitzwarren, featuring the rarely seen by passengers, Norton Fitzwarren run-around.

The videos will premiere twice daily from this coming Friday (24th September), kicking off with part one at 17:00, followed by part 2 at 19:00. This pattern will continue through 10 days as we cover the entire line from the locomotives lamp brackets!

Parts one and two are attached below, and you can keep an eye out for the rest of the series on our YouTube channel here.

Railcam ‘Drivers Eye’ Series, West Somerset Railway feat. 7828 Odney Manor | Part 1 Bishops Lydeard to Crowcombe Heathfield
Railcam ‘Drivers Eye’ Series, West Somerset Railway feat. 7828 Odney Manor | Part 1 Crowcombe Heathfield to Stogumber

Please remember to like and share these videos to help make sure our friends at the West Somerset Railway and DEPG get some of the best coverage for all their efforts in welcoming us to the railway.

Railway Family Prize Draw and Auction 2021

We are delighted to be supporting the Railway Family Fundraiser 2021 with the donation of a couple of highly sought after Railcam Goodie Bags, adding to a simply stunning selection of prizes which are on offer to the lucky winners…..

Head over to https://gofund.me/8786fd36 to show your support and let’s smash that £5,000 target.


How does a trip for 2 in Scotland’s Railway Helicopter over the Forth Bridge sound? Or an amazing experience with LNER in their Simulator Centre! Or an incredible ‘ride out’ with British Transport Police? Or a behind the scenes look at MTR Elizabeth Line? Or for the chance to take some friends on a behind the scenes tour of Hitachi Rail? There are MANY more prizes and experiences like this that we will list in full in the coming days but for your chance to win, donate £10 for every entry you wish to make.

For every £10 you donate, you will be allocated a unique number. On Thursday 16 September, the day of the National Rail Awards, all numbers will be entered and the draw will be shown on social media. Even if you make your donation anonymously, we will be able to see your name and will allocate you your number.

You can enter as many times as you want, over the 6 weeks that the fundraiser will run. Good luck! Our Railway Family has joined forces to give us an amazing array of experiences and prizes. 

But, apart from the chance to win something truly unique, what are you supporting? Why have I set up this fundraiser?

Meet Jack Jarvis, a serving member of the British Army, who will attempt an incredible feat at the end of 2021, where he will row over 5000 miles, from Portugal to Miami, to raise money for CALM and Brainstrust, two causes very close to his heart. The Rail Industry are proud to support this historical and brave effort, continuing a long and proud association with our military forces.

Both industries share a common passion to promote and support mental health… Please read Jack’s personal motivation for undertaking this challenge. And the very best of luck to everyone entering!

Introduction by Jack:

On the 20th November 2007 my Grandad passed away from a brain tumour, I was absolutely devastated. I want to do my bit to help try and find a cure for this awful disease, if I can stop even one family losing someone from this deadly cancer it will be my greatest achievement.

Brain tumors kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national research spend has been allocated to this devastating disease.

In December 2021 I will row SOLO, 4500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in order to raise as much money and awareness for BrainTrust & CALM. 

I will battle sleep deprivation, salt sores, dehydration, fatigue and loneliness.

In order to raise money for the crossing I, Natasha and Heather will be doing a fundraiser with our friends across the rail industry with all money going towards the Transatlantic row in support of BrainTrust & CALM.

Your generosity will help get me to the start line and save countless lives.


Helicopter Ride over Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland’s Railway Helicoptor
Cab Ride with Freightliner Driver Heather Waugh
2 lots of 2 tickets for Glasgow Central Tours:

‘Behind the Scenes Tour’, Simulator Experience, and Cab Ride with MTR Elizabeth Line

Tour for up to 8 people at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe Facility
Cab Ride with GBRf
‘Ride Out’ with British Transport Police
VIP Tickets to see Tom Jones at SSE Hydro Glasgow on December 5

SEATON TRAMWAYS AWARD WINNING TRAMATHON 24 HOUR FUNDRAISER RETURNS 5th JUNE

Seaton Tramway is excited to announce its Award winning TRAMATHON Fundraising Appeal, which will see a 24-hour continuous tram trip streamed online to help raise money for the charity and secure the future of the Tramway and its industrial heritage.

From Saturday 12 Midday 5th June, Seaton Tramway will be going live on Facebook for a continuous  24-hour tram trip between our Seaton and Colyton Stations. This will all be streamed live online for the full 24 hours as we raise money for our charity. 

The Tramway celebrated its 50th anniversary of operating at Seaton in August 2020 and like other heritage railways has seen an abrupt halt to its income that helps keep trams serviced, the track maintained and its future secure. Reopening in 2021 with excitement about new projects and offers for our loyal passengers, bills continue to need to be paid and projects still need completing. Railways and tramways like ours are supported by visitors and generous supporters that we love welcoming every year.

To combat this crisis, we invite everyone to come together in person or in your living rooms to watch our TRAMATHON live. This fundraising appeal will see a continuous 24-hour broadcast live from the tram as it travels between Seaton and Colyton Stations. With a spread of themed departures and never before seen videos about the tramway, this is an event not to be missed. Visitors can get involved by donating directly to the appeal, purchasing special items like Seaton Tramway signs and sections of rail or by joining the Tramathon team live on the trams on one of the trips.

Tickets for the Tramathon trips are on sale now, and include a Tramathon return trip and all day travel on the date of issue. Trips begin at 12 midday, 5th June  with the 24 trips going through the night and ending on arrival at Seaton Station at 12 midday Sunday 6th June. Tramathon 2020 was award ‘Most Innovative Fundraising Idea’ by the Heritage Railway Association at its award ceremony this April.

With the generosity of donations, we want to give back too. Which is why we will be awarding prizes away prizes and experiences as we hit fundraising milestones, like Driver’s Eye Experiences, Half Day and Whole Day Tram Driving Lessons, Free Tickets and a Years Free Travel. All anyone has to do to be in with the chance of winning is donate a minimum of £5 before June 12th to be entered. Prizes will be drawn live on Facebook during the 24-hour TRAMATHON. Full terms and conditions can be found on our website.

In line with our fundraising appeal, we have also launched our new ‘HERO Ticket’ which can be purchased and redeemed as an All-Day Explorer ticket on any day we’re open to the end of December 2021. These tickets are available now and will go towards our TRAMATHON Fundraiser. 

Seaton Tramway has operated from Seaton for 50 years and has seen everything from Snow blizzards to storm washouts but Covid-19 has proved one of the greatest challenges that its ever had to face. 

You can find out more about the giveaways and milestones and how to donate at www.tram.co.uk/tramathon

Midland Mainline Memories – Railcam salutes the iconic HST

The final mainline HST service into London is coming to an end with the launch of the May timetable changes, and we couldn’t let this pass without covering social media with your #MMLMemories.

©Jamie Rowley

The HST has been a mainstay on the Midland Mainline for years, operating to/from St Pancras to the East Midlands, and with the May timetable changes we will be waving goodbye to this icon of high speed train travel in the UK from the Midland Mainline.

©Jamie Rowley

Saturday May 15th will be the final day of HST running on the Midland Mainline, and from now until then we want to see your memories of the mighty Midland Mainline HSTs. There have been some wonderful liveries over the years, perhaps some of the best the HST has ever carried, and we would love to see those over the next couple of weeks…..

©Jamie Rowley

Simply share your photos on social media platforms, (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtags #MMLMemories and #HSTonMML, whilst tagging Railcam in your posts (Hey, why not tag East Midlands Railway, WeareEMR and the 125 Group while you’re at it) and lets see as much HST as we can!

©Jamie Rowley

West Coast Railways ‘The Jacobite’ steaming back to life

The launch of our stunning Glenfinnan camera coincides with the return of ‘the greatest railway journey in the world’, The Jacobite.

West Coast Railways Jacobite steam hauled service between Fort William and Mallaig, along the world famous West Highland Line, returns on Monday 26th April with two 84 mile round trip workings per day, 7 days a week, crossing some of the most remarkable scenery Scotland has to offer.

The Jacobite has a global following, in no large part to the feature of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct and the ‘Hogwarts Express’ in the Harry Potter series of films. Our Glenfinnan camera brings you never before seen LIVE coverage as the The Jacobite snakes its way across the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite Monument.

When and where can I see the Jacobite?

Our camera broadcasts 24/7 and our YouTube stream offers a 12 hour rewind facility, so if you have missed any of the action during the day, you can simply rewind and enjoy the sights and sound of steam all over again.

Railcam Glenfinnan, Lochaber UK ©Railcam UK Ltd

Times at camera are as follows,

Morning Service:

(Sunday-Friday) 10:50 Fort William to Mallaig, 15:21 Mallaig to Fort William*

(Saturday) 10:50 Fort William to Mallaig, 15:21 Mallaig to Fort William*

Afternoon Service:

(Sunday-Friday) 13:20 Fort William to Mallaig, 18:11 Mallaig to Fort William**

(Saturday) 15:12 Fort William to Mallaig, 19:50 Mallaig to Fort William**

* From Monday 26th April to Friday 29th October

** From Monday 26th April to Friday 1st October

Not in the UK, use The Time Zone Converter.

If you would like to embed our YouTube stream on your website, then please contact us at admin@railcam.uk (email marked ‘Glenfinnan Camera embedding’) and we will provide you with a short accompanying text strap to include. We would love to know where our camera is being seen!

Remember, if you share it, include the hashtag #SawItOnRailcam and tag us on your social media posts.


If you would like a copy of the Glenfinnan camera press release, please contact jamie@railcam.uk marking your email ‘Glenfinnan Press Release’

Railcam at Glenfinnan Viaduct

Railcam UK Ltd are proud to be partnering Locheilnet to bring live views of the world famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, as never seen before.

Railcam has over 10 years experience in bringing live lineside footage to rail enthusiasts around the world, with locations such as Crewe, Doncaster and Derby, which are rich in railway history, to more scenic locations including Ribblehead Viaduct, Ryde Esplanade & Pier (Isle of Wight), Teignmouth Estuary and York’s historic railway station.

Recently we’ve seen a huge upturn in the use of our cameras, allowing rail enthusiasts to maintain their interest in the hobby during the Covid pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns across the UK, but our cameras have reached beyond the enthusiasts circle, with a number of other uses including keeping children entertained during lockdown, to featuring in early years classes allowing children to recognise different colours of trains, and counting the coaches!

On the back of a recent feature by the popular railway YouTuber Geoff Marshall (of All The Stations fame) featuring our popular Ryde Esplanade & Pier camera, Ali Hodnett, Network Operations Manager with Locheilnet, contacted us regarding the potential of hosting a camera overlooking Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Locheilnet has been providing Broadband to households and businesses in rural Lochaber, Scotland for almost 10 years and today have some 500 customers enjoying Superfast connections. Locheilnet has a robust and well established community business whose local Directors give their time voluntarily to ensure that their customers continue to get great service.

 Chris Pellow, Locheilnet Manager added:

“Locheilnet, a local community broadband provider, is delighted to help Railcam bring footage of a very popular and loved location to the wider world.Apart from serving the nearly 500 customers in the rural areas of Lochaber, Locheilnet gladly contributes to the success of many local events such as the Six Day Trials, Glenfinnan games, Nevis Radio and of course the worldwide attraction of the osprey nest camera on Loch Arkaig. We hope that rail enthusiasts and fans of Glenfinnan all over the word, will enjoy the views through this fantastic initiative.”

 Find out more about the work of Locheilnet by clicking here

Perhaps one of the most famous locations in Scotland, made all the more so after featuring in the Harry Potter series of films, Glenfinnan has alway been a bucket list location for rail enthusiasts and travellers from around the world. The legendary Gelnfinnan Viaduct was opened on 1st April 1901 and has served the northern section of the West Highland Line ever since.

The West Highland Line connects Glasgow with Fort William and Mallaig, and was a crucial artery for the local fishing industry and the Highlands economy in general, which suffered enormously after the Highland Clearances of the 1800s. The line is used by passenger trains operated by ScotRail between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig, usually Class 156 diesel multiple units. Additionally a number of charter services visit the West Highland Line throughout the year.

Friend of Railcam, Rail Historian and host of the popular TV series The Architecture The Railways Built, Tim Dunn said,

“I’ve spent a significant chunk of the last few months travelling to see fascinating railway buildings for ‘The Architecture The Railways Built’ on TV – but now this Railcam has been launched there’s almost no need to go and see Glenfinnan at all! At least I’m not going to get extremely wet, as I have done every other time I’ve been to see this incredibly historically important structure. It’ll be fun seeing Live Chat reactions from all over the world when the ‘Harry Potter’ trains steam over too…”

Harry Potter fans will be well aware of the Hogwarts Express, which crosses the viaduct in the popular films, but the real life service is known as The Jacobite, which is operated by the West Coast Railway Company with their fleet of LMS Stanier Class 5 locomotives, or ‘Black 5’s’. Two return trips per day operate during the season, between Fort William and Mallaig, a majestic sight that is enjoyed by thousands of travellers each year, and one that we are delighted to bring to many thousands more via our live camera stream. Another popular visitor to look out for will bee the luxury Royal Scotsman, operated by Belmond with specially liveried GB Railfreight Class 66 diesel locomotives. You never know, if you look really hard, you may spot a light blue Flying Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe……

Railcam Director Adrian Bradshaw added:

“At Railcam, we have a wish-list of iconic UK railway locations, which we would love to be able to bring to our members. We are delighted to be able to tick one of those off the list today! A few years ago, this wouldn’t have been possible, but teaming-up with Locheilnet has enabled us to broadcast from this remotest of locations – in glorious ultra-HD! We feel sure that the spectacular views will find new audiences around the world, not just from rail enthusiasts, but from anyone with an interest in the fabulous Scottish Highland scenery. For our own subscribers though, the main attraction will be the famous Jacobite steam service which runs over the line every year. No doubt the legions of Harry Potter fans will instantly recognise Glenfinnan and will be able to watch steam services crossing the famous curved viaduct, just as the Hogwarts Express did in the movies. In short, Glenfinnan has something for everyone!

Glenfinnan Camera will be available to ad-free to Railcam Supporters, and free to view for all Railcam members via the Railcam website. There will also be a stream available via the Railcam YouTube page.

Launch date Sunday 25th April, 10am UK time


About Railcam

Railcam UK Ltd operate a network of railway themed live streaming cameras, based in the United Kingdom. Since 2009 we have grown from a small enthusiast group with a single camera in Preston, to a globally accessed rail enthusiast hub with in excess of 100 cameras both owned and maintained by Railcam, and guest cameras from around the world. The Railcam portfolio has expanded to include access to train schedules and live signalling diagrams to accompany the viewing experience. Despite the growth, Railcam UK is still run by a dedicated group of rail enthusiasts and relies on the sterling efforts of its team of volunteers.

An extremely popular social media community has grown over the years and now boasts 45k YouTube, 25k+ Facebook and 15k+ Twitter followers/subscribers, this to add to 40k+ Railcam members.

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