Covid-19 restrictions over the past year and a half have made it difficult for us at Railcam to keep all of our plans on-track. We’ve ended up with quite a backlog of maintenance and new installs that we just couldn’t deal with.
Railcam Directors and Admins have always had to fit their efforts in around “real jobs”, family and other commitments – which has made it very difficult indeed to push Railcam forward as we would like to. We are therefore delighted to announce a major change to how Railcam UK works.
Andrew Jebb, one of the Railcam Directors and Barking camera host, is now officially employed by Railcam on a part-time basis. This enables Andrew to embark on trips around the country to perform maintenance and install new cameras. This is great news for everybody and means that we can all expect to see problems fixed more quickly and a string of new cameras in the coming weeks and months.
Andrew will now formulate plans to put a dent in our backlog of repairs, installs and maintenance which will certainly keep him busy for the next few months.
The new arrangement is for an initial trial period, but we are confident that this will be the beginning of a new and exciting future for Railcam UK.
Railcam are delighted to welcome Railcam Lyon to our now extensive international coverage.
Railcam Lyon, France – AHICF Poste 1 owner Antoine has provided us with this brief history of the site and what we can expect to see…..
‘This railcam is located on signal tower Poste 1 of Lyon-Perrache station, France. Built in 1930, the signal tower was used until 2016 to control the western part of Lyon-Perrache’s tracks, including the four-track Pont de la Quarantaine bridge on the Saône river. As the building is currently being renovated by AHICF, the railcam is a way to promote the project and provide railfans a breath-taking view over the bridge and river. The railcam is monitored by Railcam Lyon’s team with help from AHICF.‘
‘Railway traffic includes plenty of freight trains every day as well as local passenger traffic and shunting on the bridge or to Lyon-Vaise depot. Saône river also has its waterway traffic including freight, cruise, sightseeing and private boats. Trains coming towards the camera are going to the South through Lyon-Perrache station, those leaving towards the tunnel are going to the North.‘
Please visit and subscribe to the official Railcam Lyon YouTube page at http://railcam.fr/ and if you would like to find out more about more about the building renovation project, you can find that by clicking here.
Railcam would like to thank Antoine and the team at Railcam Lyon, France – AHICF Posted 1 for allowing us to share this fantastic live stream with you all, and we look forward to seeing some of the best that the French railways have to offer.
Below is a taster of some of the action you can expect to see…..
New experimental feature added to Railcam….. Auto-panning cameras!
We have 4 cameras (Beattock, Bedford, Newark and Thankerton) all set to pan to face certain types of trains as the approach. The same data as we use for diagrams and “Approaching” indicators, is now used to turn cameras when certain types of headcode are about to pass. Freights, light-engine and “specials” (xZxx / xQxx headcodes), should trigger the moves…
We are not turning the cameras for every train because :
There would be too many conflicts as two or more trains approach at once
It would wear-out the camera mechanisms too quickly
The feature is still under development, but we think it’s a useful feature at some of our camera sites, and we would love any feedback you may have…..
We are delighted to report that an agreement has been reached with Settle & Carlisle Railway Properties Ltd, for not one but two of the S&C cameras to continue.
Sadly, that means that the Kirkby Stephen and Ribblehead Station cameras will cease broadcasting immediately. The broadband at Kirkby Stephen has been so poor of late, that we had considered its removal anyway. A formal contract is now in place to allow the best two cameras – Ribblehead Viaduct and Horton-in-Ribblesdale – to continue indefinitely with minor adjustments to satisfy all parties involved.
Additionally, we are now in discussions with Settle & Carlisle Railway Properties Ltd about the possibility of adding cameras in the future. We already have a number of options being explored with them and other hosts, so we fully expect that there will be additional cameras in the coming weeks and months.
We would like to thank our friends on the S&C – FoSCL, The S&C Trust and now Settle & Carlisle Railway Properties Ltd, for partnering with us to provide these cameras over the past six years… and into the future.
Adrian Quine – Executive Director of Settle & Carlisle Railway Properties Ltd said: “We are delighted to be working with RailCam UK to continue to bring a small snapshot of this wonderful railway to people at home”
We are sorry to have to announce that the Glenfinnan camera will not be returning. Shortly after it went live, it became clear that there had been a misunderstanding between our camera host and the owners of the Glenfinnan Estate, and that the latter would not allow the camera to continue broadcasting. Attempts to negotiate a return of the live stream have unfortunately come to nothing. We would like to thank Ali at Locheilnet for his help, and hope that we can work with him on alternative projects.
We also have to announce that our Slough host will no longer have a lineside property for us, so our hopes that the Slough cams would quickly return, have been dashed. We would like to thank David Jobson at Jarshire Ltd, for hosting the popular cameras over the past few years.
We are hugely disappointed to lose both of these sites, but we are actively looking for alternatives in both areas and hope to have some more positive news soon.
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.
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.
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…..
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!
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’
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.”
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
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.
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
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.”