Re: New railcam in RS territory

Tom Roise

I’m partial to junctions with multiple roads and preferably a short line for variety. I’m very bored with the same ol GE MODEL or SD model flying by.

That leaves maybe Texarkana and dallas junction. Reunion tower would be nice, but yes a lot  of auto noise. 

A fun one for variety sake would be Pittsburg. But, they need to face the junction to include the feedmill. For switching interest. KCS and UP. But boring motors.

I used to watch a lot in saginaw as well. But only BNSF. Average train volume. Declining coal. Seasonal grain and a lot of cofc/tofc.

I was in temple last two weeks. BNSF only again. Average train volume. A lot of overhead grain heading to export.

Tom Roise

On Oct 26, 2020, at 9:55 AM, Jim King <jgking@...> wrote:

I’m more partial to rural locations with trains moving at speed. Saginaw might be pretty good. I don’t know enough about the traffic at Temple.


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From: Dan Loy
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2020 9:40 AM
To: Jim King
Subject: RE: [Railspot] New railcam in RS territory


Good Mornin Guy’s! How about Saginaw and Temple?




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From: Jim King
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2020 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Railspot] New railcam in RS territory


One of the great things about Big Sandy is the nature of the junction provides a variety of trains and movements, including the use of connecting tracks. You also get to see trains at track speed, and there is sufficient traffic to maintain interest, including the occasional Amtrak. To my thinking, these factors are the key components of a good location for a VR camera. So…based on track speeds, train variety, frequency, connecting movements and Amtrak, what other sites in RS territory would offer this combination? I’ll offer….


Milano – a junction of two different railroads with trains moving at speed with adequate frequency; but no connecting tracks or Amtrak


Rosenberg – three different railroads, Amtrak, frequency; not sure about connecting tracks or track speeds


How ‘bout a camera on the Pavilion at Flatonia?


Other suggestions? If we found the right location, we might have enough Railspotters to raise the funds to get it going.




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From: Tom Roise via
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2020 11:30 PM
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Subject: Re: [Railspot] New railcam in RS territory


Never knew big sandy had a camera ??


I used to railfan there every week ten years ago when I covered East texas

Tom Roise



On Oct 25, 2020, at 3:40 PM, mardechris via <mardechris@...> wrote:

$4,000 to $5,000 are their estimates for installation.  We have discussed a couple of locations on the Depot and near the Ginocchio for cameras.  It is $3,000 a year to keep the cameras free after the first year.  They will still be available to the paying VR customers if you choose not to pay that cost.  


I feel this would be a huge benefit to the Marshall Depot Museum and the local area.  The data for the first five weeks of cameras at Big Sandy is impressive.  

-Total Views: 637,800

-Total Hours Watched: 88,000 (10 years!) 100+ Viewers at any given moment.

Plus, I have seen comments from many people who have gone to visit Big Sandy who would have not visited without the Virtual Railfan cameras and website bringing attention to them.  




On Oct 25, 2020, at 12:36 PM, bwasinger@... wrote:

According to the VR site, sponsoring an existing cam on their platform runs $3500 a year and sponsoring a new camera runs $5,000 a year.


That said, I saw the Dunsmuir, CA Depot is doing their own railcam stream, though I have no idea how much it costs to put your own stream on YouTube.


Another, more affordable option would be a Google Nest outdoor cam and purchase of a Nest Aware subscription (which is $10/month I think). One could then host that stream on their own site (though it would lack the viability of a YouTube stream).


Bill in OKC


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On Sunday, October 25, 2020, 11:51:50 AM CDT, Skip Waters <wgcrush@...> wrote:



What kind of costs are we talking about?


Skip Waters

Dallas, Texas


On Sunday, October 25, 2020, 11:37:46 AM CDT, mardechris via <mardechris@...> wrote:



I am working really hard to get Virtual Railfan cameras at Marshall.  Unfortunately, the museum can’t afford to host these so we need sponsors.  




On Oct 25, 2020, at 8:50 AM, Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...> wrote:

Good to know about this one!
There are also Virtual Railfan cameras at Texarkana, Big Sandy, Tower 55 (Ft. Worth) and Belen--all in Railspot territory.

Until the SOUTHWEST CHIEF went tri-weekly I used to watch the railcam at La Plata MO in the evening about 7:30.





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