Photos and Video, 196101, Cradley Heath 23/07/20

As far as I know, this was the first real test run in the UK for this new class, Tyseley to Hereford and return. I was surprised it actually stopped at Cradley, but it enabled me to cross over to the other platform to get a better view of it, and I wasn’t bowled!!

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An update on ad revenue and the most popular videos of mine on YouTube

With no new videos to upload, daily views of old videos are only about 400. As a result the ad revenue is very small and showing as £12.12 as I type this. It is interesting to see which videos are the most viewed, the one at the top at the moment doesn’t earn me anything, as it is of a BBC sports report where the presenter didn’t realise she was live on air. Not very many SVR ones this time.

Have made a donation to Severn Valley Railway appeal from some of my ad revenue

My YouTube channel is getting about 700 views a day at the moment, but with no new videos to add that number will probably decrease over the coming weeks. Estimated revenue is £11.49 as I type this, but as I receive no payment until the revenue passes £60 it will be many months before it reaches my bank account. So today I made a small donation, as every little helps, as they say.







The above is from what “you” are helping to raise from viewing my videos.

I will make my own donation sometime – but the amount is just for me to know!

The most popular videos over the past 48 hours are:-

Will be interesting to see how that changes over coming weeks, as the top one will drop down the list soon and others will shuffle around as older videos suddenly become more popular, for whatever reason.

In the meantime, keep watching:-

Donating half my YouTube ad revenue to SVR urgent appeal, you can help!!

Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the Severn Valley Railway, along with all other preserved railways, have had to suspend all services for the coming months. To help, admittedly in a small way, I will donate half my ad revenue. The last 3 weeks generated about £10 but with no filming possible in the coming months there will be no new videos. I have uploaded about 4,000 videos in the last 6 years and it is always interesting to see which videos people are viewing, so I will show the most popular videos over the last 48 hours. To be honest, I have forgotten the content of most of them, but it does bring back memories for me.

If you spend some time watching the events I filmed – some of which you may have attended, you will be helping generate some revenue. Hopefully the ads aren’t too annoying, there shouldn’t be any that you can’t remove within a few seconds. Anyway, hope you find something interesting to watch. Will list the “most viewed” videos on a regular basis, if you can’t locate them, or want to know links to events I might’ve filmed – then just ask.

So much to do, and so much spare time to do it……

…. which means nothing gets done!!

A week has gone by, have walked the dog 7 times and done the weekly shop, er, once!!

I was doing so well, managing a post just about every day – but it is a bit frustrating with nothing “new” to play around with. Still got the final video of units at Stafford to sort through – well that’s not very exciting, is it!!

Hey ho, tomorrow’s another day!!

Photos and Video, 50007 and 50049, Stourbridge 22/03/20

I didn’t know they were running to Reading in the morning, was actually out walking the dog as they passed by not very far away – didn’t hear them though. Fortunately they returned at a convenient time for me to see them. Running as 5Z50 Reading to Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway.

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Doubt if there will be any interesting trains to see in coming weeks.

The local train service from Monday has been cut from 6 trains an hour in each direction to just 2. All railtours are cancelled or postponed and preserved railways have also suspended services for the next month or so. I’m avoiding all public transport and last journey was just over a week ago – doing a lot more walking!!

I’m trying to catch up on a few things, adding past events to the calendar etc. I’ve always something to do, so won’t get bored – but hope things improve before too long.

Old photos, 34053, 5164 and 50135, Arley 27/05/13

Thinking it would be easy working through old videos to add to the index, I have just come across a day when none of the photos were added to my gallery. They have now been added and can be seen below

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Photos and Video, 47805 and 47810, Cradley Heath 18/03/20

I was expecting it to be the 37 which ran the previous day but was pleased it was the 47s instead. I wasn’t sure which platform to film from, as had been bowled many times before. The downhill train was due to depart 3 minutes after the uphill train and if the 47s were close behind that train my view might’ve been blocked. I did cross over the bridge then the doors were closing on the downhill train and I went back over the bridge and was just starting to film as the 47s appeared, obviously checked by signals, then – just watch the video!!!

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Photo and Video, 37521, Cradley Heath 17/03/20

A nice little bonus down the Dark Side running as 0Z73 from Crewe to Worcester. It actually terminated at Droitwich and ran back via the Lickey an hour earlier than planned. My original plan would’ve been to see it again at Smethwick – but I’m avoiding public transport at the moment.

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