• Webcam coming soon to Horseshoe Curve, Altoona

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in Pennsylvania
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in Pennsylvania

Moderator: bwparker1

  by dwil89
 
On Yahoo Central Pa Railfan, Scott Cessna, the Director of the Altoona Railroader's Museum announced several months ago about an installation of a Webcam at Horseshoe Curve. He has updated this on Thursday with the latest info that he hopes to have it up and running at the end of March if everything falls into place. He indicated that they were running tests on a receiver at the Curve, which was receiving a signal from a tower on Brush Mountain near Altoona, and these tests went well. So, be ready for live webcam views of Horseshoe Curve Train activity. Tree cutting has accelerated, as volunteers have removed a great deal of trees in the center and east end near the snackbar area.....Dave Williams http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nsaltoonajohnstown

  by bwparker1
 
Dave,

Any idea how to volunteer with a tree cutting crew?

Brooks
  by dwil89
 
bwparker1 wrote:Dave,

Any idea how to volunteer with a tree cutting crew?

Brooks
If you mean join a crew that is working there, I would say try walking up to one of the workers involved and asking if they need help. According to Scott, the latest work being done is by loggers or private parties coming up unsolicited and volunteering their own time and labor....beyond the work done a year or two ago funded by the Museum......you could always call the Altoona Railroaders Museum and check with Scott to see if he has contact info for the crews too. Dave Williams http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nsaltoonajohnstown
  by dwil89
 
Curve cam is up and running....Go to the Altoona Railroaders museum at www.railroadcity.com and a link to the cam will be listed on their mainpage. You will have to do a brief upload of an Axis program, it is live streaming video from the Curve....Dave Williams @ [email protected]

  by joshuahouse
 
Theres some sort of bug on the lens, looks like a roach, you can see it moving around, i can't wait for a train to show up, should be very impressive.
  by Richard M. Utter
 
OK. After about two weeks of tuning in CurveCam only to see things at so low a frame rate that it's usually difficult to tell which direction the train is headed, I'll offer two links to sites where people using exactly the same camera and software have figured out how to do it right.

http://cam1.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/view/index.shtml
http://129.210.84.139/view/view.shtml

One's in England, and the other's in California, so you'll have to deal with the difference in time. I'm probably risking someone's wrath by hinting that CurveCam isn't very good. But I really hate to see such a good idea turn out so badly.