Island Line set to reopen on 1 November

  • The upgraded Island Line is due to reopen on 1 November
  • A series of complications have delayed the £26m project, but the new trains and enhanced infrastructure will transform the customer experience

South Western Railway (SWR) has announced that the upgraded Island Line is set to reopen on 1 November.

Once reopened, customers will return to a transformed Island Line, with new trains running along upgraded infrastructure and through improved stations. 

The new trains will significantly improve the customer experience, with upgrades ranging from better interiors to plug sockets, free WiFi and wheelchair spaces. 

As well as testing the new trains, SWR staff have been busy improving the rail infrastructure and stations on the Island. Amongst other enhancements, the Island Line tracks have been upgraded to ensure customers can enjoy a smoother ride. 

The £26 million project, which has been funded by the Department for Transport, Isle of Wight Council and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, has regrettably taken longer to complete than first anticipated. This has been due to several factors including train testing complications, the pandemic and even the flash flooding which engulfed the Isle of Wight earlier this summer. 

During testing, the new Class 484 Island Line trains have been affected by software issues, which SWR and train supplier Vivarail have made good progress in solving through further testing. The final phase of testing is key to the delivery of a safe and reliable railway. 

The first passenger train will depart Ryde St Johns Road station at 05:35, calling at Ryde Esplanade at 05:39 and Ryde Pier Head at 05:41. The train will then head back down the line, departing Ryde Pier Head at 05:45, and arriving into Shanklin at 06:10.  

Commenting, Claire Mann, Managing Director of South Western Railway, said: 
“We are really pleased that the Island Line is set to reopen on 1 November. 

“When the Island Line reopens, the new trains and upgraded infrastructure will give a real boost to the customer experience, delivering the modern, punctual and accessible railway that people expect and deserve. 

“We are sorry that this project has taken longer to deliver than we first hoped, with a series of complications sadly delaying re-opening. However, we are confident that the transformed Island Line will be worth wait, and we are so excited to welcome locals and visitors back onboard!”

Railcam UK expands European coverage with Railcam Lyon partnership

Railcam are delighted to welcome Railcam Lyon to our now extensive international coverage.

Railcam Lyon, France – AHICF Poste 1 owner Antoine has provided us with this brief history of the site and what we can expect to see…..

This railcam is located on signal tower Poste 1 of Lyon-Perrache station, France. Built in 1930, the signal tower was used until 2016 to control the western part of Lyon-Perrache’s tracks, including the four-track Pont de la Quarantaine bridge on the Saône river. As the building is currently being renovated by AHICF, the railcam is a way to promote the project and provide railfans a breath-taking view over the bridge and river. The railcam is monitored by Railcam Lyon’s team with help from AHICF.

Railway traffic includes plenty of freight trains every day as well as local passenger traffic and shunting on the bridge or to Lyon-Vaise depot. Saône river also has its waterway traffic including freight, cruise, sightseeing and private boats. Trains coming towards the camera are going to the South through Lyon-Perrache station, those leaving towards the tunnel are going to the North.

Please visit and subscribe to the official Railcam Lyon YouTube page at and if you would like to find out more about more about the building renovation project, you can find that by clicking here.

Railcam would like to thank Antoine and the team at Railcam Lyon, France – AHICF Posted 1 for allowing us to share this fantastic live stream with you all, and we look forward to seeing some of the best that the French railways have to offer.

Below is a taster of some of the action you can expect to see…..

Railcam’s support and coverage of #GBRf2021 – This Time It’s Personal Charity Railtour

©GB Railfreight

The mammoth 4-day GB Railfreight charity railtour returns for 2021, and This Time It’s Personal!

A selection of traction will be used over the 4 days, including Class 59, Class 60, Class 69, Class 73/9, Class 86, Class 91 and more….. This is a true enthusiasts dream charter and all in support of

Starting at London Victoria on Thursday 2nd September, the tour takes in destinations such as Harwich International, Southampton Central, the WCML, West Highland Line to Oban, the ECML and finishing up at London Paddington on Sunday 5th September.

Keep an eye out for our admin team on board, plus your chance to win one of two Railcam goodie bags (amongst some superb prizes) as part of the onboard raffle…..

Schedules and Railcam camera pass times are as follows…….


1Z21 London Victoria (09:45) to London Gateway Gbrf (12:09)

Class 66 x 1

🎥 Barking (11:19)

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1Z22 London Gateway Gbrf (12:29) to Harwich International (15:37)

Class 73/9 x 2 (London Gateway to Temple Mills Loop)

Class 66 x 1 (Temple Mills Loop to Harwich International)

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1Z23 Harwich International (15:47) to Harwich International (16:41)

Class 73/9 x 2 (Harwich International to Parkeston Gbrf)

Class 66 x 1 (Parkeston Gbrf to Harwich International)

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1Z24 Harwich International (16:54) to London Euston (22:38)

Class 73/9 x 2 (Harwich International to Ely)

Class 66 x 1 (Ely to Wembley Area)

Class 73/9 x 2 (Wembley Area to London Euston)

🎥 Camden Junction (21:47)

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1Z25 London Euston (07:26) to Marchwood MOD Gbrf (12:07)

Class 73/1 x 2 – (London Euston to Wembley Area)

🎥 Camden Junction (07:31)

Class 59 x 1 – (Wembley Area to Eastleigh Marchwood)

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Loco TBC – Shunts within Eastleigh Marchwood

1Zxx Marchwood MOD Gbrf (15:22) to Acton Lane Reception Sidings GB Railfreight (19:17)

Class 59 x 1 (Marchwood MOD Gbrf to Eastleigh East Yard)

Class 73/1 x 2 (Eastleigh East Yard to Kensington Olympia)

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FRIDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER (Overnight)

1Zxx Marchwood MOD Gbrf (15:22) to Acton Lane Reception Sidings GB Railfreight (19:17)

Class 73/1 x 2 (Kensington Olympia to Acton Mainline Reception)

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1Zxx Acton Lane Reception Sidings GB Railfreight (19:45) to Mossend Up Yard (05:08)

Class 86 x 1 (Action Mainline Reception GB Railfreight to Crewe)

🎥 Watford Junction (20:05)

Class 92 x 1 (Crewe to Mossend Up Yard)

🎥 Crewe 2 & 5 (00:10)

🎥 Crewe 4 (00:12)

🎥 Leyland (00:47)

🎥 Farington Junction (00:49)

🎥 Preston (01:02)

🎥 Bolton Le Sands (01:12)

🎥 Beattock (03:55)

🎥 Thankerton (04:30)

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1Zxx Mossend Up Yard (05:45) to Oban (10:35)

Class 37 x 2 (courtesy of Direct Rail Services)

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1Z30 Mossend Up Yard (05:45) to Oban (10:35)

Class 37 x 2 (courtesy of Direct Rail Services)

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1Z31 Oban (12:52) to Carlisle (23:15)

Class 37 x 2 (courtesy of Direct Rail Services) (Oban to Mossend Up Yard)

Class 91 x 1 (Mossend Up Yard to Newcastle)

🎥 Cramlington (20:35)

Class 60 x 1 (Newcastle to Carlisle)

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1Zxx Carlisle (10:15) to Preston (11:35)

Class 66 x 1 –

🎥 Preston (11:30)

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1Zxx Preston (12:25) to Bescot Up And Down Goods (15:30)

Class 50 x 3 (Preston to Bescot Up And Down Goods)

🎥 Farington Junction (12:27)

🎥 Leyland (12:29)

🎥 Crewe 4 (13:10)

🎥 Crewe 2 & 5 (13:11)

🎥 Bushbury Junction (13:57)

Class 66 x 1 (Bescot Up And Down Goods to Bescot Up And Down Goods)

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1Zxx Bescot Up And Down Goods(16:00) to London Paddington (19:21)

Class 69 x 1

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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 (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 marking your email ‘Glenfinnan Press Release’

Retro Charter Delight!

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.

Midland Pullman Driver Training

©Joe Bevan

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

Camera pass times: Crewe 2 & 3 (08:50), Crewe 4 (08:56), Leyland (09:37), Farington Jn (09:44), Preston (09:52) & Bolton Le Sands (10:08).

5Z44 Carnforth Down & Up Goods Loop to Rugby

Camera pass times: Bolton Le Sands (11:18), Preston (11:33), Farington Jn (11:45), Leyland (11:54), Crewe 4 (12:38) & Crewe 2 & 3 (12:39).

If you are out to photo this move throughout the week, please share your captures with us by tagging us in your social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Successful Staycation Express final day this Saturday

The superb Staycation Express, operated by Rail Charter Services, runs its final services for the 2020 season this coming Saturday, the 12th of September.

47593, Skipton. ©Jamie Rowley

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.

47712, Skipton. © Jamie Rowley

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

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)

5Z47 Skipton to Crewe Holding Sidings

Clitheroe (20:09), Leyland (21:02), Crewe 4 (22:13), Crewe 2&3 (22:18)

Double Steam for Devon

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,

1Z46 Cardiff Central to Plymouth (Track it HERE)

12:37 – Dawlish Warren Camera (via Dawlish Beach Cams)

12:39 – Dawlish San Remo and Blenheim Cameras (via Dawlish Beach Cams)

12:44 – Teignmouth Cameras

1Z47 Plymouth to Cardiff Central (Track is HERE)

17:49 – Teignmouth Cameras

17:52 – Dawlish Blenheim and San Remo Cameras (via Dawlish Beach Cams)

17:56 – Dawlish Warren Camera (via Dawlish Beach Cams)

Saphos Trains – The Devonian Express – Click HERE for more information.

Railcam’s Teignmouth Estuary Camera

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

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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

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17:36 – Teignmouth Camera

17:39 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (Blenheim & San Remo)*

17:40 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (Dawlish Warren)*

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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.

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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

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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

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©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

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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

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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.