Thank You Ian

No funny or witty title for this one.

Hi everyone.

As you may or may not know, we have lost a camera recently, unfortunately in my homeland of Scotland. It was jokingly nicknamed ‘unit cam’ but despite being in a location that one wouldn’t expect or think of when you would suggest a camera in Scotland, it was one of our most popular cameras on the site. I am of course referring to Railcam Dalmuir.

I think the reason why so many liked it was even though there wasn’t a massive variety, in fact when you look at was just the same in those regards as the likes of the more mainline cams, Dalmuir was busy. It was almost constant traffic. We had a wee variety of units and as the very vast majority of our members are not from Scotland it gave a lot of folks a look at our liveries and traffic here. What the cam did give us was things to look forward to because there wasn’t the same freight traffic day in day out to get complacent about. It actually gave us a little more than you think…..

Not the best shot ever taken but I like it because of the atmosphere in it so I’m glad it was kept in the archive.

It allowed us all a look at the first 56 hauled service on the WestHighland Line!

Even a small variety of 66’s.

However I think the reason most really liked this camera would have been for the following….

The Fort William – Edinburgh portion of the Highland Sleeper….

Some 37’s in a variety of liveries…


And of course the Black 5 steam locos of the Jacobite…

So as you can see, yeah it might have been 334’s…314’s…320’s…up and down all day, at least they were frequent and mixed up. I for one is already missing it quite a lot.

Now if i may I’d like to move on to the crux of this post. My ramblings on Dalmuir cam are both to eulogize and lament the loss of a camera on a website, but also the reason why. Our host at Dalmuir, Iain Barr, has fallen ill. Despite the growth of our site, I always feel like it’s still a little community and family. I think because a camera on the site is a process of finding, collaboration, friendship and nurturing (maintenance) we feel an emotional connection to them and the people involved. It just so happens that there is an actual family connection between Ian and Railcam which makes it even more poignant as a result. With this in mind I personally, and I’m sure the entire family of Railcam, would like to extend my/our gratitude to Ian for providing us with our first Scottish camera and being a generous and willing host. I/we would also offer our best wishes, thoughts, prayers, sentiments (however you may wish to express it) as he deals with and fights against his illness. And lastly, a simple…Thank you sir.

I wanted to write this post with another message included as a tie-in to the above. It’s basically this…..

Cameras, cables, servers, equipment etc. can all go wrong. Technology always goes wrong. There is however a human aspect too. Despite all the wonderful tech, and wonderful donations and cost of equipment etc…ultimately behind all of this are everyday folk with everyday problems and issues. Everyone, even our amazing team of guys who run this thing, are human beings who are dealing with who knows what both on our site but their own lives. Please never lose sight of the fact we are mere mortals, each and all, and respect, understanding and consideration aren’t that difficult to adhere to. Whether we like someone, or they annoy us, remeber they are just like you and I….human, and we all come with our faults and foibles. I know that’s slightly off-topic (let’s not go there either! haha) but I hope it’s relative in the context of the whole post.

Thank you as always for reading, just like your membership and support it’s massively appreciated. Take care everyone, and until next time…. ‘mon the trains!

Steven (Cheggs1978)


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