Direct Rail Riders

Direct Rail Services (DRS) has named locomotive 66303 “Rail Riders 2020” in honour of the rail members club. 

66303 Rail Riders 2020 ©Railcam UK

Originally running from 1981 to 1991, Rail Riders was reformed into the rail enthusiasts’ club it is today. It relaunched on 29 February 2020 and has had to battle Covid restrictions ever since, while all the while growing to 600 members in just over a year, and this marks the first official naming event to take place in public. 

66303 Rail Riders 2020, York ©Railcam UK

This morning (Wednesday 7 July 2021) DRS’s class 66, 66303 was unveiled at York station wearing its new nameplate to a select audience of Rail Riders members and representatives from DRS. 

Chris Connelly, NTS Deputy CEO and DRS Rail Director, said: “It’s fantastic to work with the rail enthusiast community on this project and it will be great to see Rail Riders 2020 cover Britain’s railway network. 

“66303 was chosen as it can cover the entire rail network and can be used on DRS’s entire portfolio of work from nuclear to intermodal, ensuring the country’s lights stay on and supermarket shelves are full.” 

Rail Riders Simon Buxton with members of the DRS team at York, alongside 66303 Rail Riders 2020 ©Railcam UK
66303 Rail Riders 2020, York ©Railcam UK

Simon Buxton, Rail Riders Director, added: “We’re thrilled to be working with DRS and would like the thank them for their support. It’s been a long time coming, having been originally planned for last year but to have the locomotive actually named in York station is incredible. I look forward to seeing photos of this special locomotive on social media travelling around the country.  

“We’ve now got two named locomotives flying the flag for the club which is beyond my wildest dreams when I first started the process of bringing it back to life. The club will go from strength to strength over the next 12 months and the response we have received across the railway family has been outstanding.” 

66303 Rail Riders 2020 & 66175 Rail Riders Express, York ©Railcam UK

Scarborough Spa Express Brings Steam Back To York

West Coast Railways first charter since the enforced closure due to Covid-19 is upon us, and brings steam back to our ever popular York ROC Cameras.

The Scarborough Spa Express is a firm favourite with our viewer as we get some fantastic views of steam at the historic York station, as well as the bonus of seeing the locomotive being turned on the turntable after her days work.

©Jamie Rowley

Thursday 30th July is the date for your diary as we see West Coast Railways return to the rails, passing a number of our cameras throughout the round trip from Carnforth-Scarborough-Carnforth, those all important camera pass times can be found below….

1Z24 Carnforth to Scarborough (Diesel hauled Carnforth to York)

06:14 – Bolton-Le-Sands Camera

06:35 – Preston Camera

08:20 – Todmorden Camera

11:18 – York ROC Camera 1

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=16055595

1Z27 Scarborough to Carnforth (Diesel hauled York to Carnforth)

17:44 – York ROC Camera 1

20:55 – Todmorden Camera

22:13 – Preston Camera

23:01 – Bolton-Le-Sands Camera

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15874636

©Jamie Rowleuy

Additional Locomotive Movements….

5Z22 York National Railway Museum to York Holgate Sidings

West Coast Railways Steam Pool Locomotive + Support Coach

10:13-10:16 York ROC Camera 1

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15874639

5Z23 York Holgate Sidings to York National Railway Museum

West Coast Railways Steam Pool Locomotive + Support Coach

18:39-20:15 – York ROC Camera 2 (Locomotive turned on turntable)

20:26 – York ROC Camera 1

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15874642

In addition, the diesel locomotives will be stored in York Parcels Sidings once the steam locomotive takes over, arriving 10:27 (0Z21)and departing 17:21 (0Z23) on York ROC Camera 1.