Re: New railcam in RS territory

Ron Roman

Sounds like Tom Roise is volunteering his wallet for Web Cams!!!!
Go Tom Go, You The Mannnnnn, Ooooorahhhhh!!!!! 😃

(Back in the days our old City Emerg Mangr used to say…. Hi!, I’m for the Govrm’t, I’m here to help, got any funding for new radios???)

Skip, that looked like a bad camera angle on yaaaaa…. need to reposition it next year. 😲

As for RS Area WX from Altus to OKC and other  areas of NWS OUN in Norman…
Winter and Ice Storm Warning till 28 Oct till 1pm.
1st ever in the history of being issued this early from OUN… and the wild part is that the leaves are still on most trees, Little Ice + Leaves + Downed Trees and Branches can Equal big troubles in places.
Back in the Nor’East where I’m from, big trees fell across the RR ROW and show stopper till they was cut and removed, track inspected (most of the time the rails stood up to big wooden “Barked Rolling Pins” that fell) and got to the OK to pass.

Should be interesting till Wed… Gennie is ready if we lose Power and I’ll see Internet till we get it back, or I end up at the EOC here working the “Ut-Oh” of Power Loss.

Time for another Cup of Joe after I just had some Beans! 😊

You’ll take care, I’m home Safe (and warm),

Altus, OK

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From: Tom Roise via
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You now have a new job!!!!

Save that cam!!!

Tom Roise

On Oct 26, 2020, at 1:01 PM, Skip Waters <wgcrush@...> wrote:

Saginaw has one... or HAD one... actually, I don't know the status of it since the Chamber moved out of the depot and Covid set in.  But, there was a cam at Saginaw a year ago for sure.

Skip Waters
Dallas, Texas

On Monday, October 26, 2020, 09:55:39 AM CDT, 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


~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~! Oklahoma - Our tornadoes go to F6!



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.





Altus, OK

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