Midland Mainline Memories – Railcam salutes the iconic HST

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

©Jamie Rowley

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

©Jamie Rowley

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

©Jamie Rowley

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

©Jamie Rowley

West Coast Railways ‘The Jacobite’ steaming back to life

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

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

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

When and where can I see the Jacobite?

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

Railcam Glenfinnan, Lochaber UK ©Railcam UK Ltd

Times at camera are as follows,

Morning Service:

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

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

Afternoon Service:

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

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

* From Monday 26th April to Friday 29th October

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

Not in the UK, use The Time Zone Converter.

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

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


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

Railcam at Glenfinnan Viaduct

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

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

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

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

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

 Chris Pellow, Locheilnet Manager added:

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

 Find out more about the work of Locheilnet by clicking here

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

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

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

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

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

Railcam Director Adrian Bradshaw added:

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

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

Launch date Sunday 25th April, 10am UK time


About Railcam

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

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

 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube

www.railcam.uk

email – admin@railcam.uk

#SawItOnRailcam

With the continued reduction in Covid related restrictions we expect to see more enthusiasts venturing out to the lineside and spending more time away from the computer, so we are going to put to bed the #SpottingFromHome project and look in a new direction…..

Have you gone out to photo a train because you heard about it through chat, Railcam Data, or saw it on one of our cameras?

Have you visited one of our heritage partners because you saw them on one of our cameras?

Have you stopped in any of the lineside guest houses that are hosts to one of our cameras?

Have you purchased any railway related products we have mentioned on Railcam?

If you have, then please tag us in your posts!

We would love to see how far we are reaching, other than people watching cameras.

Please feel free to keep posting those screen grabs from our cameras, and as you did with #SpottingFromHome, keep tagging us and and TOCs that are featured, but use the new hashtag.

In your posts simply tag Railcam (@railcamlive on Twitter, /railcamlive on Facebook & railcam.uk on Instagram) and include the hashtag #SawItOnRailcam

Let’s see where Railcam has taken you…….

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.

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.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube

www.railcam.uk

Email – admin@railcam.uk

Railcam Data allocations, an update…..

Why does my name no longer appear against an allocation in RCData?

Sadly, some people seem to treat RCData as some sort of competition as to who can add the most number of allocation (often leading to people guessing based on what ‘my mate said’, where a loco was last reported, services it usually runs etc….). We’ve had numerous cases of people removing then re-adding identical information under their own name, which in turn seems to upset people whose names are replaced. Likewise, the Notes section seems to be treated by a minority, as a sort of chatroom, flooding it with discussion rather than clear, concise information. That’s not what the Notes section is for – we have a chatroom for that!

RCData is all about information. The only thing that matters is that the information is reliable – really, there is no need to know who added it. Username information is still added in the background and is available to the Admin team in case of dispute or misuse.

We are saddened to have to take this line of action, but we have been left with no option as the number of complaints are stacking up and as a small admin team, we have better things to be dealing with.

Railcam Senior Admin Team

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway cameras come to Railcam

We are absolutely thrilled to finally announce the addition of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway webcams to Railcam.

Another project that has been long in the making, and was made even longer by the Covid pandemic, has finally come through. We welcome the already very popular trio of cameras at Porthmadog Harbour Station, Minffordd and Tan Y Bwlch to our already extensive heritage offerings from across the UK.

The Ffestiniog Railway is the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, taking you on a 13½-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round tight bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it.

The Welsh Highland Railway is the UK’s longest heritage railway and runs for 25 miles from Caernarfon, past the foot of Snowdon and the picture postcard village of Beddgelert, then through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog. Passengers ride in some of the most comfortable carriages on any heritage railway in the UK, including first class Pullman luxury and freshly-cooked food delivered to your seat.

Porthmadog Harbour Station
Minffordd
Tan Y Bwich

The webcams are available to all Railcam members now, and also via the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway website at www.festrail.co.uk, where you can also keep up to date with all the very latest news from the railway.

Fingers crossed for the return of services to both the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, and all our heritage partners, later this year.

Railcam Sheffield is LIVE!

We are delighted to reveal our latest installation, Railcam Sheffield.

For the last 10 months Covid-19 has limited us to very few installs and upgrades, dodging between lockdowns and travel restrictions, we have struggled to keep up with the mountain of locations we have to install with brand new cameras, or upgrade existing equipment.

One shining light has been the small number of hosts who are able to self install pre-configured equipment, and our host at Sheffield is one of those.

Shipped just last week, our host has got the equipment set up in his office window in no time, and we now have a stunning overview of the north end of Sheffield station, which has the added bonus of the Sheffield SuperTram thrown in for good measure.

Due to the camera being inside, we unfortunately can’t offer audio, but the PTZ (Pan, Tilt & Zoom) functionality of the camera gives us the option of the stunning images displayed below,

Railcam Sheffield will be available to Railcam Supporters from 10am on Friday 29th January.

Fancy becoming a Railcam Supporter?

For £4 a month or as little as £23 for the entire year, you can take advantage of many addition features, including Live Signalling Diagrams, addition Premium Cameras, Schedule information and much more…..

Find out more at https://railcam.uk/whatyouget.php