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.
A 181-year-old viaduct designed by railway pioneer George Stephenson has been painstakingly restored to improve passenger journeys in the Calder Valley.
Network Rail has now removed scaffolding to reveal the repainted and repaired Grade II listed Gauxholme viaduct in Todmorden.
The essential maintenance to the 1840-built structure was completed as part of a £3.7m Great North Rail Project investment.
A before and after video released today (Thursday 27 May) shows how the important piece of railway heritage has been brought back to its Victorian splendour.
As part of the same investment, nearby Taylors bridge, which carries the railway over Rose Bank Road near Todmorden station, was completely reconstructed.
Kathryn Berry, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said:“It’s extremely satisfying to finally unwrap this iconic structure from the scaffolding and reveal Gauxholme viaduct once again in all its Victorian glory. Along with the work to Taylors bridge, this is a major investment for Todmorden to improve railway journeys in the Calder Valley.
“We have been working closely with Calderdale Council throughout and thank passengers, road users and the local community for their patience while we carried out this essential work.”
Tony Baxter, regional director at Northern, said:“It’s fantastic that such an important piece of local railway heritage will continue to serve Northern’s customers. The repair and renovation work will give our customers in the Calder Valley better journeys for years to come.”
The viaduct, which spans the Rochdale canal, was strengthened, deep cleaned and repainted black as requested by the local authority.
Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and strategy, said: “It’s great news that work to Gauxholme viaduct is now complete with this historic structure restored to its former glory. “We’ve supported Network Rail throughout the project and we were pleased to provide advice to ensure the works were in keeping with the special industrial and architectural character of the bridge. The finished work looks really impressive and is a distinctive landmark along the Calder Valley line.”
Craig Whittaker, MP for Calder Valley, said: “I am delighted that restoration work on the Grade II listed Gauxholme viaduct in Todmorden has now been completed to its former glory, something which George Stephenson would be very proud of. I am incredibly grateful to the team who have completed the work to a high standard. Even in the rain , the structure now looks magnificent. I am equally delighted that the Taylors Bridge has been completely reconstructed.”
The canal towpath is now also fully reopened to pedestrians after the major upgrade.
The largest operational mechanical signal box in the world has just had its biggest refurbishment in more than a decade with work on the 117-year-old, Grade II listed Severn Bridge Junction signal box in Shrewsbury now complete.
The historic building has its original 180 levers inside with 89 still in use today and is responsible for signalling around 280 trains every day.
Now the historic building has been given a new lease of life, in keeping with its Edwardian charm, thanks to a £250,000 project carried out by Network Rail and MPH Construction. The project, partly funded by the Railway Heritage Trust, has allowed the entire three-storey building to be weather-proofed.
As part of the huge refurbishment, the original single-glazed windows, installed when the building first opened in 1903, have been replaced with new double-glazed units.
Other improvements include new timber cladding and holding repairs to the external walkway gantry and a full exterior paint job – including the famous ‘Shrewsbury’ signs that greet passengers travelling in and out the historic town by train.
Darren McKenna, asset engineer at Network Rail, said:
“It’s not until you can get up close to this iconic structure that you can appreciate how well built and unique it is. Working on this refurbishment was an absolute pleasure.
“The gantry repair was a big job and involved rope access teams working day and night to strengthen and replace the boards.
“We gave very careful consideration to a sympathetic repair that has managed to maintain the building’s Edwardian character while securing its future for many years to come.
“The mechanical signal box, now the world’s largest operational mechanical signal box in the world, still plays a fundamental part on the railway by controlling safe access in and out of Shrewsbury station.”
Darren Peake, signaller at Network Rail, commented:
“I have been working at this signal box for around 13 years and I can tell you these improvements will make a huge difference to us, including being warmer in the winter with the new windows.
“We used to have to put pieces of paper in the gaps of the old ones. In fact, when they replaced the windows, they found newspaper cuttings behind the frames from the 1960’s.
“The history of this building is fascinating, and I am extremely proud to work from here.”
Gareth Ellis, Construction Manager at MPH Construction Ltd, added:
“We started on site in October last year and knew that this was going to be a challenging project; restoring a Grade II listed building, working at height and being completely surrounded by track.
“However, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work on this iconic piece of railway infrastructure and even carried out some extra works, such as renewing the eye-catching Shrewsbury sign for passengers to see.
“It has been a unique and fascinating project to work on.”
Andy Savage, executive director, Railway Heritage Trust, said:
“We were delighted to give a grant towards the restoration of this iconic signal box, which clearly will have a long-term future.
“We congratulate the Network Rail team for their careful work in restoring the building.”
Engineers worked for more than 300 days, restoring this crucial part of the railway infrastructure which is a vital link for passengers and freight travelling between Wales & Borders and the rest of Britain.
Further improvements are also planned for the interior of the signal box over the next few weeks.
EMR have collaborated with AV IT Media to share the HST story
Documentary features archive footage, stunning new imagery and interviews with numerous EMR colleagues who have worked on and with these iconic machines
HSTs will remain an iconic piece of British engineering and a much-loved part of the railway
One-off bespoke items to commemorate the HST will also shortly be available to purchase
For many people, HSTs are so much more than just trains – they’re part of the railway family, that’s why EMR have teamed up with AV IT Media to produce a one-off documentary, featuring a range of colleagues who have worked with these trains as well as telling the story of how they have changed over their decades of service.
These much-loved trains retired on Saturday 15th May after 39 years of service on the Midland Main Line. EMR was determined to recognise this historic moment and provide the opportunity for people to speak about what the HSTs mean to them, and how they impacted on their career and lives on the railway.
Click below to view the full documentary ‘End of the line – A HST story’ (approx. 24 minutes). It can also be viewed through the EMR YouTube channel from today (Monday 24th May).
Will Rogers, Managing Director for EMR, said: “To this day, the HST remains an iconic piece of British engineering and a much-loved part of the railway. We wanted to celebrate the HSTs, in tribute to the people who have worked on them and loved them throughout their career. A documentary is the perfect way for us at EMR to say goodbye and wish the trains a happy retirement, we hope our customers enjoy watching it too.”
Neil Bamford, Fleet Director for EMR, said: “We were incredibly sad to see the HSTs go, we know this is the “end of an era” not just for our colleagues, but for enthusiasts who have followed the journey of our HSTs through the years. For many, they are much more than just a train. They’ve become a fundamental part of people’s lives.”
The documentary will remain a permanent tribute to the HST and will be freely available online for everyone to view in their own time
EMR is also going further and producing a range of bespoke items for anyone to purchase over the coming weeks and months.
EMR have also teamed up with ‘Brixes’ to create a limited edition ‘build your own HST,’ exclusively EMR purple livery. These will be available to purchase by the general public from July 2021. There is a limited quantity of these items available so any HST fans will need to be quick to purchase.
New national rail flexible season tickets announced as part of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, the biggest shake-up of rail in a generation.
2 and 3 day-a-week commuters given control over their commute and offered potential savings of hundreds of pounds against daily and season tickets
Government’s plans include a new Great British Railways ticket website and app, a retail revolution with simple digital ticketing, contactless pay-as-you-go travel and straightforward compensation
A new national flexible rail ticket, matching modern working habits and saving passengers hundreds of pounds, will be available to commuters across England once travel restrictions are lifted.
As the Government publishes the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail today, setting out the path towards a truly passenger-focused railway, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that “the future is flexible.”
The new flexible ticket will be on-sale on 21 June, for use by 28 June.
The paperless tickets will allow travel on any eight days in a 28-day period, with passengers able to tap smartcards or scan mobiles at the station, with no need to select the days of travel in advance.
The change has the potential to save commuters hundreds of pounds, providing greater choice and flexibility.
Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, said:
“For many, the idea of travelling five days a week to the office is fast becoming a relic of the past.
“The future is flexible: passengers want a simple, stress-free option, and new flexible tickets make fares fairer.
“As we kickstart the biggest reform of our railways in a generation, we’re committed to creating a modern railway that works for its passengers.”
Exact details of savings will be provided before tickets go on sale. However, analysis shows that two day-a-week commuters buying multiple new flexible season tickets could save the following in a year when compared to the cost of daily tickets:
Over £250 from Woking to London
Over £200 from York to Leeds
Over £60 from Southampton Central to Winchester
Over £160 from Stafford to Birmingham
Over £220 from Liverpool to Manchester
Three day-a-week commuters could save:
Over £220 from St Albans City to London
Over £120 from Bromsgrove to Birmingham
Over £90 from Weston-Super-Mare to Bristol Temple Meads
Over £330 from Chelmsford to Stratford
This new national offer also reflects the long-term decline in the use of traditional season tickets, with a change in working practices having been accelerated by the outbreak of Covid-19.
With the pandemic sweeping away the traditional commute and leading to a significant increase in home-working, this ticket reflects the new priorities of the public.
Flexible season tickets and greater discounts are just one of a package of measures to reform the railways to put passengers first. The Government has also announced today it will explore new ‘design and ride’ standards to eradicate ‘ironing-board seating’, and efforts to ensure fewer repetitious and annoying pre-recorded announcements.
Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail to reform Britain’s railways and launch new era for passengers
Biggest change in 25 years sees creation of new public body Great British Railways – a single, familiar brand with united, accountable leadership
Simpler, modern fares delivered starting with new flexible season tickets on sale from 21 June, and a new Great British Railways website for all tickets and clearer compensation
Reforms support delivery of financially sustainable railway as country recovers from Covid-19, with new contracts focused on punctuality and improved efficiency making it easier and cheaper to plan maintenance, renewal and upgrades
A quarter-century of fragmentation on the railways will end as they come under single, accountable national leadership, as the Government today (20 May 2021) unveils a new plan for rail which prioritises passengers and freight.
A new public body, Great British Railways, will integrate the railways, owning the infrastructure, collecting fare revenue, running and planning the network, and setting most fares and timetables.
Great British Railways will simplify the current mass of confusing tickets with new flexible season tickets, and a significant roll-out of more convenient Pay As You Go, contactless and digital ticketing on smartphones. A new Great British Railways website will sell tickets and a single compensation system for operators in England will provide a simple system for passengers to access information and apply for refunds.
There will remain a substantial, and often greater role, for the private sector. Great British Railways will contract private partners to operate most trains to the timetables and fares it specifies, with a model similar to that used by Transport for London in its successful Overground and Docklands Light Railway services.
The new Passenger Service Contracts will include strong incentives for operators to run high-quality services and increase passenger numbers. They will not be one-size-fits-all: as demand recovers, operators on some routes, particularly long-distance, will have more commercial freedom. Affordable walk-on fares and season ticket prices will be protected.
The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, published today, sets out the path towards a truly passenger-focused railway, underpinned by new contracts that prioritise punctual and reliable services, the rapid delivery of a ticketing revolution, with new flexible and convenient tickets, and long-term proposals to build a modern, greener and accessible network.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I am a great believer in rail, but for too long passengers have not had the level of service they deserve.
“By creating Great British Railways, and investing in the future of the network, this government will deliver a rail system the country can be proud of”.
Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, said:
“Our railways were born and built to serve this country, to forge stronger connections between our communities and provide people with an affordable, reliable and rapid service. Years of fragmentation, confusion and over-complication has seen that vision fade, and passengers failed. That complicated and broken system ends today.
“The pandemic has seen the Government take unprecedented steps to protect services and jobs. It’s now time to kickstart reforms that give the railways solid and stable foundations for the future, unleashing the competitive, innovative and expert abilities of the private sector, and ensuring passengers come first.
“Great British Railways marks a new era in the history of our railways. It will become a single familiar brand with a bold new vision for passengers – of punctual services, simpler tickets and a modern and green railway that meets the needs of the nation.”
Keith Williams, Chair of the Williams Review, said:
“Our Plan is built around the passenger, with new contracts which prioritise excellent performance and better services, better value fares, and creating clear leadership and real accountability when things go wrong.
“Our railway history – rich with Victorian pioneers and engineers, steam and coal, industry and ingenuity – demands a bright future. This plan is the path forward, reforming our railways to ensure they work for everyone in this country.”
Covid-19 has caused deep, structural challenges to the railway, with use still far below pre-pandemic levels. This strategy re-emphasises our commitment to growing, not shrinking, the rail network, with tens of billions of pounds invested in more electrification, new and reopened lines and a rail revolution.
Great British Railways will drive significant efficiencies in the railways’ inflated costs, reducing complexity and duplication, increasing flexibility, changing working practices and making it easier and cheaper to invest. Reform is the only way to protect services and jobs in the long term.
In the short and medium term, we will work closely with the sector on measures to encourage passengers back to rail. To reflect changes in the traditional commute and working life, the Government has today announced that a new national flexi season ticket will be on sale this summer, with potential savings of hundreds of pounds a year for 2 and 3 day-a-week commuters. Tickets will be on sale on 21 June, ready for use on 28 June.
The new Passenger Service Contracts will also help to build a more financially stable industry. By removing barriers to new market entrants, including by no longer basing competitions on complex and uncertain revenue forecasts, private operators will be challenged to provide a competitive and customer-focused offer, delivering greater value-for-money for the taxpayer.
Local communities will work closely with GBR on designing services, with local leaders given greater control over local ticketing, timetables and stations. The new model will encourage innovative bidders, such as community rail partnerships who want to bid for the GBR contract to operate their local branch lines.
The journey to this new passenger-focused model has begun today. New National Rail Contracts will be announced this year. These contracts will be in operation for two years and act as a bridge to reform.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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**
If you would like to embed our YouTube stream on your website, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com marking your email ‘Glenfinnan Press Release’
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.”