Roanoke RailCam

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Roanoke RailCam

Post by Earle Baldwin » Sat May 15, 2010 7:50 pm

I don't know if this has been posted previously but here is the link to the Roanoke RailCam which looks over the NS main in downtown Roanoke:

It's live video and the image quality is pretty good. Patterns of action are fairly typical for a freight railroad. There are times when you risk fossilization waiting for a train and other periods when they come one right after another.



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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by photorailfan » Mon May 31, 2010 2:47 pm

This is usefull as i plan on venturing into virginia later this year. Thanks for the Link. I see it has a quick refresh rate.

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by Earle Baldwin » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:17 pm

I think so. The only change I've noticed during the course of the day is the image goes to black and white after nightfall.

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by habu » Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:15 pm

Pretty cool cam. I use as a screen saver/desktop background on my computer at work. Pretty good traffic.

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by SEPTAR3kid » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:30 pm

The world needs more railcams like many of the railcams have terrible refresh rates or just dont work at all.

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by frikentrainnerd » Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:04 pm

I didnt know about this webcam. Thanks for the link!
Picture quality is pretty good and has a grate refresh rate.

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by Schuylkill Valley » Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:43 am

Would be nice if there was audio too.

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by Big Bri » Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:51 am

There is!!

"Roanoke Scanner Feed" on


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Re: Roanoke RailCam - autorack derailment ?

Post by etna9726b » Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:58 pm

Looks like two autoracks are orphaned in downtown Roanoke. Crews are gathering.....

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by Jim in S.E. Pa. » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:24 pm

To the host of this Rail Cam..

First of all thank you for the high res/refresh..
To answer a question asked above, along with my own. Why is it nessecary for this cam to switch to BW/IR at sundown? I have noticed a few occasions when this did not happen till much later in the night and the view was much better. The signal colors were clear, as was all else of interest to rail fans. If this camera is being used for other than just rail fanning than the answer is understandable. But just a question out of pure curiousity.



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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by aquadan005 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:14 pm

Kinda sucks right now, cameras facing the sun and its sundown!
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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by drcrf93 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:39 pm

I happened find this railcam today, very cool. Is it located right near a yard or something? Both trains I have seen on there today appear to be switching. Nice how you can see the colors of the signals at night.

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by Mattamtrakpepsican » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:51 am

i have been looking at this cam lately, but yesterday while i was watching (im from the uk so this may be the reason) it went off, and the page keeps crashing everytime i load it, i have tried 3 computers and all do the same.
Anyone else having this problem?

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by toolmaker » Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:11 pm

I just tried it, the webpage is there but the cam is not loading.

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Re: Roanoke RailCam

Post by Mike Doughney » Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:35 pm

If you open up a Windows Media Player and use this link in the 'open url' window, you'll bypass the web page and get the video stream directly...

but at the moment, it does appear that the feed is down, I'm not seeing anything either.

Here's the location of the camera itself:

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