Introducing EMR Connect – more seats and a simpler timetable on our greenest ever fleet

©East Midlans Railway
  • EMR Connect – the new electric train service between Corby and London St Pancras
  • Provides more seats and services every 30 minutes
  • Electric trains are quieter and kinder to the environment
  • Launches Sunday, 16 May

East Midlands Railway (EMR) will launch its new all-electric service between Corby and London St Pancras later this month.

EMR Connect, is the company’s first electric route, reducing carbon emissions by 77% and lowering noise levels for lineside neighbours. It also provides EMR’s sixth train to and from London every hour, up from the current five.

The new timetable is made possible by the successful delivery of the £1.5 billion Midland Main Line Upgrade by Network Rail, which includes new overhead line equipment between Bedford and Corby, as well as an additional track between Kettering and Corby.  

EMR Connect will be comprised of eight carriage electric trains serving Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford, Luton & Luton Airport Parkway every 30 minutes on weekdays from 06:00.

Services on Sunday afternoon will also be significantly improved, with a full weekday timetable running after 14:00 – providing better access to and from London and the East Midlands.

It will provide more seats for passengers across the region – with further late night and early morning services – and will allow the reintroduction of peak services between Wellingborough and Bedford, meaning passengers will not need to use the replacement coach service.

The trains which will operate EMR Connect are known as Class 360’s. EMR had hoped to refurbish a number of these trains before they entered service. However, as a result of delays caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, that has unfortunately not been possible. EMR is fully committed to refurbish these trains as swiftly as possible and will share more information on this programme soon.

Passengers wanting to use EMR’s Intercity service north of Kettering will be able to make a northbound connection, twice an hour at the same times, every hour, and with coordinated interchange times, the total journey time to Leicester and Nottingham remain the same as today.

©East Midlands Railway

Will Rogers, Managing Director of East Midlands Railway, said: “We are delighted to be able to introduce our new all-electric EMR Connect service for our passengers travelling between Corby and London St Pancras.

“Not only will EMR Connect enable a significant reduction in carbon emissions and noise levels, it will also provide more seats, later services and more frequent journeys helping to support the communities and businesses of the region.”

EMR Connect will transform the services in the region including the following changes:

Corby

  • More than doubles the current number of services to and from London
  • Providing thousands of additional seats every day and increases the number of trains arriving into London before 9am from one to six
  • Last direct service back from London is now four hours later – making it easier to visit London or meet friends

Wellingborough

  • Average journey time remains comfortably under 60 minutes with a more consistent timetable with services in both directions every 30 minutes
  • First train arrives into London approximately 20 minutes earlier than today
  • A limited EMR Intercity service will operate in the morning and evening to provide direct journeys to and from Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield
  • Wellingborough passengers travelling to/from Nottingham at other times of the day will need to change at Kettering, however connection times are generally under 10 minutes, retaining current journey times in the vast majority of instances

Bedford

  • Reintroduced EMR peak time services and a consistent timetable with services in both directions every 30 minutes
  • Journeys to and from London will take approximately 41 minutes
  • Peak time bus between Wellingborough and Bedford replaced by train services every 30 minutes
  • A limited EMR Intercity service will operate in the morning and evening to provide direct journeys to Nottingham and Leicester
  • Bedford passengers travelling to/from Nottingham at other times of the day will need to change at Kettering, however connection times are generally under 10 minutes, retaining current journey times in the vast majority of instances

Luton

  • Reintroduction of EMR peak time services for Luton with services in both directions every 30 minutes
  • Journeys to and from London St Pancras will take approximately 25 minutes
  • Bedford passengers travelling to/from Nottingham will need to change at Kettering, however connection times are generally under 10 minutes, retaining current journey times in the vast majority of instances

Luton Airport Parkway

  • Non-stop services form London St Pancras International, every 30 minutes
  • A consistent timetable with services in both directions from 06:00 with journeys to and from London taking just over 20 minutes.
  • When complete, the new DART service will provide a rail link from Luton Airport Parkway to the airport terminal

Look out for the East Midlands Railway Class 360 on our Bedford and Flitwick cameras, let’s see your screen captures #SawItOnRailcam

Seaton Tramway receives Prestigious Award for their TRAMATHON 2020 24 hour LIVE appeal.

The team at Seaton Tramway tuned in live to the 2021 Heritage Railway Association (HRA) awards on Wednesday 28th April. Joined by other heritage railways across the UK, the Association makes awards in only 10 Categories.

Seaton Tramway won a brand-new award, Most Innovative Fundraising Idea, for its Tramathon Live Appeal, and were up against Talyllyn Railway, Mid-Hants Railway & Bahamas Locomotive Society and Bluebell Railway.  It is awarded to the HRA operating member that has produced the most innovative fundraising project during the COVID crisis.

© Seaton Tramway

The Coronavirus was unprecedented & created difficult times across industries also shared with Heritage Railways in leisure & hospitality. Railways & tramways like Seaton Tramway survive because of the amazing support from visitors through donations and ticket sales. In a time when people are rightly self-isolating, charities’ futures can be put at risk.

The Tramway celebrated its 50th year of operation at Seaton in 2020, and like other heritage railways saw an abrupt halt to its income that helps keep the trams serviced, the track maintained and its future secure. With excitement about new projects and offers for visitors, bills need to be paid and projects still needed completing. 

© Seaton Tramway

On Friday 11th June 2020, Seaton Tramway went live on Facebook for a 24-hour continuous tram trip, between Seaton and Colyton stations. Starting at 12 midday on Friday, a team of volunteers shared shifts through the 24 hours and streamed the entire trip live online.

The fundraising appeal was a week of live videos which took you behind the scenes of the tramway, introducing you to new projects that will be accessible on reopening, a live Driver’s Eye experience and Q &A’s, seeing out the week with a 24-hour continuous tram ride, all to be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own home. The tramway staff got stuck in, even dressing up in exchange for more donations.

With many generous donations, Seaton Tramway managed to raise over £30,000.

© Seaton Tramway

Chief Executive – Jenny Nunn commented “Tramathon has proved a novel & ingenious way to reach new audiences whilst stuck at home during lockdown and we very much look forward to the next one starting 5th June. My grateful thanks to HRA for the award, to the great public support and to all of those who gave their time freely to make Tramathon such a success”

© Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway has also had support from the Cultural Recovery Fund totalling £657,600. The funds will go directly to support wages, major overheads, such as track & tram maintenance and the creation of new offers and projects with world class partners and exhibitions.

Seaton Tramway recently received the Travellers Choice award on TripAdvisor and won ‘Tramway of the Year’ and ‘Event of the Year’ with British Trams Online.

Seaton Tramway is now open every day 10am-5pm until October 31st
The now award-winning Tramathon Live will return in 2021 on 5th-6th June for another 24-hour live trip, streamed online. This year visitors will be allowed to travel on this unique event.

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You can watch the LIVE Seaton Tramway Riverside camera below…..

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’

The Severn Valley Railway launches livestream camera network

The Severn Valley Railway is launching an exciting new service for supporters and visitors – a network of livestream cameras with a round-the-clock feed showing rolling stock movements at key locations along the line. The camera feeds will go live on the SVR’s official YouTube channel at 9am on Wednesday 14th April.

Head of marketing and communications Lesley Carr explained:
“We’ve worked in partnership with expert livestream consultants Railcam to install and set up our network, which gives viewers a grandstand view at various locations across the railway. Railcam’s expertise has been crucial in terms of deciding on the best positions to site the cameras, and ensuring that the microphones don’t capture conversations but do capture all the excitement of heritage locomotives coming and going.”

“We are thrilled that our livestream service is up and running in time for our first special event of 2021. The Spring Steam Up starts on Thursday 15th April, and you’ll be able to view all the train movements at key locations on our 16-mile line.”

The heritage railway, based in Worcestershire and Shropshire, has two cameras located at Kidderminster station and two at Bewdley. There’s one with a view across the line from The Engine House at Highley, and another at the line’s northern terminus at Bridgnorth station with a view over the loco yard and platforms. As well as providing a fascinating and free viewing facility for the public, the camera network has an important role to play in assisting the smooth operation of the railway.

The SVR’s senior duty officer Dave Brattan has welcomed the initiative:​ “We’ve been hoping for something like this for a long time. These cameras will significantly improve the way the duty officer will be able to manage the day-to-day running of the train service and improve how we deal with any delays, to help keep our passengers happy and more informed. Duty officers will be able to see what’s happening in these locations in real time, which will help us when we are recovering delayed services.”

Railcam’s director Adrian Bradshaw said: “Heritage railways are an important part of what we do at Railcam UK and the Severn Valley Railway has always been right up there on our wish list. For Railcam, the SVR is ideal, offering both steam and classic diesel traction, a busy timetable and plenty of attractive locations to consider. We are delighted therefore, to have been able to work with the fantastic people at the SVR, to bring to our viewers and the wider internet audience, some of the best that the UK heritage scene has to offer.”

“The SVR project is by far our biggest single install, with six cameras on the SVR and a seventh, which is exclusive to Railcam viewers, covering the main line at Kidderminster. The project has been very much a joint effort between Railcam UK and the SVR, and we would like to thank all involved for making a complex scheme a pleasure to be involved with.”

All six livestream feeds are available from 9.00am tomorrow, Wednesday 14th April, at youtube.com/SevernValleyRailwayOfficial


Railcam partners SVR in our biggest ‘single location’ install

Railcam are delighted to be partnering with the world famous Severn Valley Railway to bring our biggest ever ‘single location’ installation, with a total of seven (thats a coincidence!) live cameras.

Taken from Branch Lines – The SVR Supporters’ Newsletter……

The SVR livestreaming to your home

The SVR will soon launch a new service for supporters and visitors – a network of livestream cameras, operating 24 hours a day, at key locations along the line. As well as providing a fascinating and free viewing facility for the public, the camera network has an important role to play in assisting the smooth operation of the Railway.

Head of communications and marketing Lesley Carr told Branch Lines more:

“The installation of the cameras was completed this week, and we’re undertaking some final testing and configuration. We hope to launch the livestream feeds from our six cameras very soon, ideally in time for the Spring Steam Up event starting on 15th April.

“We have two cameras each at Kidderminster and Bewdley, plus one at Highley and one at Bridgnorth. Using the SVR’s YouTube channel, you’ll be able to see and hear all the comings and goings at these locations. Working closely with our partners RailCam, we’ve made sure that microphones don’t pick up conversations, although you will hear all the excitement of the trains arriving and departing!

The Railway’s senior duty officer Dave Brattan has welcomed the initiative:

“We’ve been hoping for something like this for a long time. These cameras will significantly improve the way the duty officer will be able to manage the day-to-day running of the train service and improve how we deal with delays, to help keep our passengers happy and more informed. Duty officers will be able to see what’s happening in these locations in real time, which will help us when we are recovering delayed services. However, it will still be helpful to the duty officer team if operational staff can continue to inform us about delays, in the same way as they currently do.”

Keep an eye on social media in the near future for an announcement that the cameras are live.

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that totals just six cameras. Well fear not, Railcam have taken the opportunity to install a third ‘exclusive to Railcam supporters’ camera, more details on this will be announced soon…..

Our thanks go out to the entire SVR team, who have worked extremely professionally and promptly to get this project signed off in a very short time frame. Our install team, who prepared everything prior to spending three days at the railway installing a huge amount of kit, giving up their own free time and completing the work ahead of schedule.

An official launch date is still to be confirmed, as a number of back office features are set up between Railcam and the SVR, but a joint announcement will be made in due course.

NYMR to receive £587,000 from Culture Recovery Fund

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) to receive £587,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

©North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • The Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will help to off-set the NYMR’s loss of income due to the latest lock-down and a delayed Spring opening. 

North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Yorkshire has received a grant of £587,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The NYMR immerses visitors in travel over George Stephenson’s historic Whitby and Pickering Railway, opened in 1835; one of the first public railways. Our collections, of railway vehicles, station and signalling equipment and archives are a unique evocation of the distinctive railways of NE England, the birthplace of the train.

Due to the pandemic the NYMR has had to adapt its rail operation by introducing a new operating model for its daily services. Covid-19 mitigations have included capacity management on all services, Zoono fogging, one-way systems and changes to its retail and catering outlets, which has resulted in a loss of income. 

The Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will help to off-set the railways loss of income due to the latest lock-down and a delayed Spring opening.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

NYMR Trust Chairman, John Bailey, said: 

“We are delighted to have received £587,000 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which will inevitably plug the gap from the latest coronavirus lockdown. This grant means that we can now start to look ahead and plan to reopen, welcoming passengers and volunteers back along the heritage line this Spring. 

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the importance of heritage railways and the importance of the age of steam.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.  

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute. 

Seaton Tramway Reopens 12th April

Following the recent Government announcements, we are delighted to say that Seaton Tramway hopes to re-open 12th April at 10am, subject to lifting of government restrictions 

Seaton Tramway is pleased to be resuming its tram service from 10am 12th April with trams running every 30 minutes until 5pm. Journey back in time to a golden age of travel and enjoy the panoramic delights of the Axe Valley. 

The health and safety of Seaton Tramway’s staff and visitors remain our number one priority. The successful covid safe response which was put in place in 2020 will continue from 12th April in line with Government guidelines. Capacity on trams will be reduced. Hand Sanitising stations will be present at all entrance and exits. The Rule of 6 will be in place until at least 21st June.  Our full covid response can be found www.tram.co.uk/covidresponse

2021 continues the 50th operational year of trams operation in Seaton following its anniversary on 28th August 2020. Seaton Tramway hopes to start introducing new offers to visitors days out on the Axe Valley. The 2021 season will see opening of two new halts across the 3-mile line, Riverside Halt and Wetlands Halt which we aim to open before the summer. Families can include Gilbert’s Trail as part of their visit to Seaton Tramway, with a 14 page booklet full of activities, information and stamp hunt! Visitors will also notice the installation of new interpretation across the Tramway which will increase the exciting things you can learn and discover when enjoying a day out. 

Tickets can be purchased now for your visit Seaton Tramway. You can also purchase the HERO TICKET* before 12th April 2022 for use as soon as we reopen this year, valid through to 31st December 2021. 

Loyalty Cards can be purchased now to save you up to a 1/3 off All Day Explorer tickets plus one other guest! Save with Loyalty Card Off Peak fares on Friday and Saturday service (excluding Red Service).

  • Annual Payment £10.00 Adult and £5.00 Child (2-15). Card is valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. 
  • 10% saving on our Special Days Out programme and Special Events.
  • 10% off at the Seaton Tramway Shops (card holder only).
  • 10% off at the Tramstop Cafe, Colyton Station (cardholder only) which offers an extensive menu of hot meals and snacks.
  • Free return trip when you collect 10 tickets.

Money raised through these tickets will ensure the continuation of our much-loved Tramway as we look forward to once again taking you on a trip through the wonderful Axe Valley!

The majority of our events and experiences will continue after 21st June following updates from the government guidance. Please note that if you have purchased a ticket to an event or experience prior to this date, you will be contacted soon by a member of staff.

The recent lockdown has been devastating blow at the end of an already difficult 12 months for attractions and heritage railways like Seaton Tramway. Once again the tramway is appealing to its visitors through its TRAMATHON 2021 appeal. Donations can be made via the website or added to tickets purchased. Visitors are also reminded to Gift Aid their tickets at no extra cost to them. Gift Aid allows Seaton Tramway to claim an extra 25p per £1, making your money go further.

TRAMATHON 2021 will be celebrated with a 24 hour live tram service 5-6th June. Seaton Tramway will go live online for 24 hours with programmed entertainment planned to support the fundraiser, this time with passengers! More information can be found at tram.co.uk/Tramathon. 

Updates will continue via tram.co.uk regarding tickets, new operational times and our new Covid Safe procedures

Find out more about what we are doing to re-open here: www.tram.co.uk/covidresponse

Culture Recovery Fund grant as Seaton Tramway sets to reopen

Seaton Tramway in East Devon has received a grant of £217,500 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Seaton Tramway in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Seaton Tramway, which is a registered charity, has been operating in Seaton since August 1970 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. The Tramway operates a 3-mile track between the coastal town of Seaton and the town of Colyton and has a fleet of 14 trams. The trams range in age from 1904 to 2007 and include a fleet of heritage trams of which ran on the streets of London, Bournemouth and includes the last surviving tram to run on the streets of Exeter.

The funding comes at welcome time for the Tramway as it has had to endure huge losses during the Covid-19 lockdown, closing from 23rd March to 4th July, 5th November – 2nd December and has been permanently closed since 30th December 2020. The Tramway has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation from Visit England and the AA ‘Covid-Secure’ badge. The trams have been running at a lower capacity since 4th July due to social distancing. However, with the hard work of staff & volunteers, we have successfully kept the site covid secure and welcomed many delighted visitors over the brief summer season.

Seaton Tramway hopes to reopen again from 10am, 12th April. www.tram.co.uk

READ MORE: https://www.tram.co.uk/news

RH&DR to re-open after receiving ‘Culture Recover Fund’ Grant

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway to receive up to £210,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • The RH&DR are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award will be used to keep the railway running and prepared for a positive season in 2021. Critical to this is maintaining all the engines, rolling stock. permanent way and buildings on our unique 94 year old railway still being operated by the original fleet of locomotives. This is undertaken by a dedicated group of paid and volunteer staff who have and will put there all into ensuring the railway continues to operate and entertain the hundreds of thousands of visitors we see each year. This funding will ensure this team can be kept together, their expertise and experience can be utilised at its best and the future of the railway can then be assured.
  • The RH&DR plan to reopen from Monday 12th April pending Government updates.

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent has received a grant of up to £210,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including [Organisation] in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

Danny Martin (RH&DR General Manager), said:
“Our railway is held very dear in the hearts and minds of its customers, its staff and supporters and the community it serves. The Culture Recovery Fund has ensured we have survived this most challenging winter in good shape. The award just announced will ensure we can provide as many services and great days out as possible from the 12th April.
Our aim is to work towards welcoming 100,000 visitors over the course of the rest of this year and for every one of them to have experienced the nostalgia of steam, seen the wonders of Romney Marsh and Dungeness and become engaged by the very special welcome the people of our railway are famed for. We are all so grateful for this financial help that makes this possible.     

In addition we’re grateful to the RH&DR Association for the support in writing the bid for this grant and the general support of their trustees. “

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
 
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
 
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: 
 
“Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and hope for the future. We are all looking forward to heritage places and other visitor   attractions reopening and I am very pleased that we have been able to support DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal wellbeing.”  

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: 
 
“The value of our heritage sites and the people who run them has been amply demonstrated, as they have provided an anchor for so many of us through the dark days of the last year. Vital grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have helped them survive and will now help them recover, as the places we all cherish start to reopen in the months ahead.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England.

Re-opening information – Click here
 
Steaming Safely information – Click here

It’s Heritage Jim, But not as we know it…..

Heritage railway cameras have always been a very popular side to Railcam, over the years we have welcomed aboard such locations as the Swanage Railway, West Somerset Railway and more recently the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, covering both standard and narrow gauges.

But one thing was missing……. A heritage tramway camera.

We are delighted to announce that we have now ticked off that target with the addition of a camera at Seaton Tramway.

Seaton Tramway is a 2 ft 9 in (838 mm) narrow gauge electric tramway. The 3-mile (4.8 km) route runs through East Devon’s Axe Valley, between the coastal resort of Seaton, the village of Colyford, and the ancient town of Colyton.

It operates over part of the former Seaton Branch Line, which closed in March 1966. The tramway was established in 1970 by Claude Lane, founder of Modern Electric Tramways Ltd, which had previously operated in Eastbourne between 1954 and 1969.

Fourteen tramcars are part of the visitor attraction, which sees about 80,000 visitors per year. All of the tramcars are based on classic British designs, and vary in size between half-scale (1:2) and two thirds-scale (2:3). Most were built from scratch by Claude Lane and/or his successor Allan Gardner, but three were rebuilt from full-size cars which originally ran in London, Bournemouth and Exeter.

3 miles of unspoilt countryside along the beautiful Axe Valley

Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.

The coastal resort of Seaton is now a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst the historic town of Colyton is described as “Devon’s Most Rebellious Town” for its part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.

Our camera is situated on the depot and overlooks the Riverside Halt, with the beautiful River Axe estuary as a backdrop. A truly stunning vantage point which covers trams starting and finishing their days work in the depot yard, services to and from Seaton Station, passing loop and tides coming and going in the River Axe in the background. Something to entertain you whenever you watch!

Our camera, mounted on the depot at Riverside Halt. Give us a wave when you pass……

Josh Castree, Marketing Manager & Project Officer at Seaton Tramway added,

“We are really excited to launch our first ever public webcam in partnership with RailCam. It is the perfect addition to our offer to make Seaton Tramway more accessible onsite and online. Overlooking the Depot yard and our new Riverside Halt with the backdrop of the beautiful Axe Valley, we know people will love getting a little more behind the scenes at Seaton Tramway”

We go LIVE on Monday 5th April 2021, which should see plenty of driver refreshment activity in the lead up to the return of visitors on Monday 12th, with the Orange timetable in operation for the rest of the month,

Booking is not essential but is recommended, You can book now by clicking Booking Information and any questions you may have about the re-opening are answered at Re-Opening FAQ

As things, hopefully, begin to return to normal, the roll out of events and experiences will begin after the 21st of June, but a date for your diary will be the 24 hour LIVE Tramathon on the 5th-6th June, Find out more here

The camera will be available to all Railcam members on the Railcam Website & YouTube channel as well as the Seaton Tramway Webcam Page

Find out more by visiting the Seaton Tramway Website and follow on Facebook and Twitter


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 25k+ Facebook, 15k+ Twitter and 45k+ YouTube followers/subscribers, this to add to 40k+ Railcam members.

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