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.
Times at camera are as follows,
(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*
(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**
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For many, the return of Class 90 hauled MK3s on the WCML is something of a delight, throw in the first outing for a full privately owned HST on the charter circuit, and you have a ‘modern classic’ day to remember.
Locomotive Services Ltd have been putting together a superb fleet of modern classic stock for their charter portfolio in recent months, which included MK3s forming part of a regular service on the Settle & Carlisle Line on the Staycation Express during the summer. Now the long awaited return of Class 90 hauled MK3s (along with DVT) on the WCML, and the first outing of the superbly done Midland Pullman HST are just around the corner.
Both the Midland Pullman and Royal Scot make their debuts on Saturday 12th December, details below…..
This inaugural train will offer a circular tour following as closely as possible the original route travelling between London and Manchester through Kettering and along the Midland Main Line and the Erewash Valley. At Chesterfield we join the Hope Valley through the stunningly beautiful Derbyshire Peak District National Park offering amazing views of picturesque villages, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.
We continue through Romiley and Guide Bridge to Stockport and across the agricultural Cheshire Plain with views over the Sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge to Crewe and then travel down the West Coast Main Line via Stafford and Tamworth to Nuneaton where we branch off to pass through Hinckley to Leicester where we join the seldom used rural line through Britain’s smallest county of Rutland passing Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Corby and Kettering.
5Z43 Crewe Holding Sidings to St Pancras International (Empty Coaching Stock Move)
Crewe Camera 5 (05:59-06:15), Bedford Camera (08:03) & Flitwick Camera (08:08).
1Z43 St Pancras International to Crewe
Flitwick Camera (09:49), Bedford Camera (09:54), Chesterfield Cameras (11:07) & Crewe Cameras 2 & 5 (13:53).
1Z45 Crewe to St Pancras International
Crewe Camera 5 (13:59), Bedford Camera (17:41) & Flitwick Camera (17:46).
5Z46 St Pancras International to Crewe Holding Sidings (Empty Coaching Stock Move)
Flitwick Camera (19:42), Bedford Camera (19:46) & Crewe Camera 5 (21:50-22:00).
We are pleased to offer an unmissable bargain priced day tour with travel all the way from London to Glasgow in First Class comfort on our modern air conditioned inter-city train, hauled by celebrity Class 90 electric locomotive 90001 ‘Royal Scot’ as it whisks us north for a journey up the West Coast Main line, over the Cumbrian fells with magnificent views of the Lakeland Mountains and across the border, thence through the Scottish Lowlands and the stunning climb to Beattock Summit.
We are due to arrive in Glasgow Central around 12.30 for a 30 minute leg stretch and at 13.00 we will depart for the journey south returning over Beattock Summit in daylight to Carlisle with an arrival around 14.15 and the opportunity to discover the border city in an afternoon sightseeing break.
In Carlisle we expect to have at least 2 hours available for some pre-Christmas retail therapy or perhaps visit the Castle and Cathedral, prior to a departure around 17.00 for our homeward journey south over Shap Summit and a fast run through historic Lancaster.
5Z89 Crewe Holding Sidings to London Euston
Watford Junction Camera (06:00) & Camden Junction Camera (06:25)
1Z90 London Euston to Glasgow Central
Camden Junction Camera (07:16), Watford Junction Camera (07:26), Crewe Cameras 2, 3 & 5 (09:20), Crewe Camera 4 (09:22), Leyland Cameras (09:58), Farington Junction Camera (10:00, Preston Camera (10:10), Bolton Le Sands Camera (10:24), Beattock Camera (11:46) & Thankerton Camera (12:03).
1Z91 Glasgow Central to Carlisle
Thankerton Camera (13:24) & Beattock Camera (13:48)
1Z92 Carlisle to London Euston
Bolton Le Sands Camera (18:05), Preston Camera (18:21), Farington Junction Camera (18:32), Leyland Cameras (18:34), Crewe Camera 4 (19:05), Crewe Cameras 2, 3 & 5 (19:06), Watford Junction Camera (21:23) & Camden Junction Camera (21:41).
As always, we would love to see your screen grabs or photos you get in person, just tag us in on your social media posts and we will give them a like, and share some of our favourites.
Locomotive Services Ltd stunning Blue/Midland Pullman HST has arrived home to Crewe after a fantastic paint job by Arlington at Eastleigh, and driver training will commence week beginning 2nd November with a daily Crewe-Carnforth-Rugby-Crewe circuit, giving the old girl a good blast on the WCML as crew and staff get up to speed.
Made up of former East Midlands Railway power cars 43046 & 43055 and MK3s 41176, 41108, 41162, 41059, 40801, 41182, 41169 & 44078, the set will depart Crewe Holding Sidings and pass a number of our cameras throughout its journey.
Monday 2nd to Friday 6th November.
5Z43 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carnforth Down & Up Goods Loop
The superb Staycation Express, operated by Rail Charter Services, runs its final services for the 2020 season this coming Saturday, the 12th of September.
A combination of heritage diesel traction and comfortable MK3 First Class carriages has made The North Pennine Staycation Express a massive success for tourists and enthusiasts alike, with the added bonus of the stunning scenery along the world famous Settle & Carlisle Line.
With a promise of some ‘special traction’ for the final day, tickets are selling fast. On Saturday 12th September all trains are reservation only, tickets are NOT being sold on the day due to very high interest so please don’t turn up without a ticket and reservation. You can still book at http://railcharterservices.co.uk
If you don’t manage to get a ticket, you can catch the action from our cameras along the line at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Kirkby Stephen and Ribblehead, times as follows,
5Z40 Appleby North East Sidings to Skipton
Kirkby Stephen (07:14), Ribblehead (07:41), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (07:45)
1Z40 Skipton to Appleby
Horton-in-Ribblesdale (09:12), Ribblehead (09:21), Kirkby Stephen (09:50)
1Z42 Appleby to Skipton
Kirkby Stephen (10:49), Ribblehead (11:17), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (11:22)
1Z43 Skipton to Appleby
Horton-in-Ribblesdale (12:51), Ribblehead (12:58), Kirkby Stephen (13:22)
1Z44 Appleby to Skipton
Kirkby Stephen (14:51), Ribblehead (15:17), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (15:22)
1Z45 Skipton to Appleby
Horton-in-Ribblesdale (16:43), Ribblehead (16:50), Kirkby Stephen (17:19)
1Z46 Appleby to Skipton
Kirkby Stephen (18:12), Ribblehead (18:37), Horton-in-Ribblesdale (18:42)
Today we see steam back in Devon with a very special ‘double-headed’ run between Cardiff and Plymouth.
Saphos Trains ‘The Devonian Express’ departs Cardiff under diesel power before switching to steam at Bristol with LMS Royal Scot Class 46100 Royal Scot and BR Standard Class 7 70000 Britannia (running as 70022 Tornado) taking the tour forward.
From Saphos Trains:
‘We recreate one of the classic steam hauled holiday trains of the golden age of railway travel for a journey around the beautiful Devon coast with time available to discover the many charms of maritime Plymouth. The train is diesel hauled from Cardiff to Bristol and then departs double headed with two of our famous steam locomotives for the journey across the lush Somerset levels, then through the remote Blackdown hills and down the Exe Valley to Exeter, before heading along the estuary with its pretty fishing boats and stunning views across to Exmouth and the Jurassic coast. Continuing past Powderham Castle and along the famous sea wall line we race through tunnels and cuttings of red rock and beside beaches and coves with the sea keeping company with the train.’
You can capture this on our Teignmouth Cameras, as well as our good friends at Dawlish Beach Cameras, at the following times,
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,