How could we possibly top the wonderful new Chinley camera, with it’s spectacular view of not one, but two viaducts?
Answer… Find one of the most iconic structures on the UK rail network and install two cameras there.
We present… Railcam Saltash – with panoramic views of Brunel’s famous Royal Albert Bridge, the Tamar Suspension Bridge and the River Tamar below.
As a special treat, we’ve arranged for The Flying Scotsman to pass over the bridge on our launch weekend!!! Well OK, it was already planned to do that, so we pulled-out all the stops to get the cameras installed in time. The NRM’s famous locomotive is due to haul The Royal Duchy – Flying Scotsman on Sunday 30th April. Let’s hope the weather is kind.
Camera 2 will be available to all Railcam members – and will also be on YouTube, from Saturday evening.
Camera 1 is the Railcam Supporter camera (available from 12pm Saturday), focusing more on the railway, with pan/tilt/zoom capability to watch trains cross the bridge.
We would like to thank Saltash Council and the Saltash Station Building Refurbishment Project for working with us on this and allowing us to install our equipment.
Thanks also to our two Andrews, who made the trip down to Cornwall and did their usual excellent job on the install.
A bit of background…
The Royal Albert Bridge has always been right at the top of our list of must-have camera locations. After an option at the other side of the river failed to come to fruition, TV railway historian Tim Dunn suggested that we contact the people at Saltash Station, where he had recorded a programme for his series “The Architecture the Railways Built”. That was in 2021, and a lot of water has gone under the bridge (literally!), but we have finally cracked it!
We are sure you will agree that this is a bit special.