Monthly Archives: June 2013

Update 771. 5643 enters service on the Severn Valley Railway, 09/06/13

Having arrived a few weeks ago, it worked its first train on this date, a 9 coach load which included the Venturer dining set. The first clip shows it leaving Arley on the way to Kidderminster, the second (and also third) on the return run as it heads for Bridgnorth.

Link to videos

EDIT – another clip has been included now, showing 5643 arriving at Arley on the return from Kidderminster. A bit of editing has improved my over-exposed shot.

Links to youtube videos will now be on separate pages

Viewing this blog on my smart phone, I got the impression that the youtube links were taking a long time to load on the “updates” page. I then decided to create new pages for each set of video links, hoping it would make the “updates” page load faster. The Stourbridge Junction update from last night has now been modified to link to a new page.

It can only be an improvement, just hope I don’t tie myself in knots!

Recent updates & videos!

Regular visitors will have noticed there have not been so many photo updates recently. As you will have seen from the previous 2 posts, I am learning how to take videos of trains!! Using the same camera for stills & videos, I sometimes forget to switch on the image stabiliser before filming – and the picture is a bit shaky. Youtube can improve some of the clips quite well, but not all of them, so please excuse some of the “mistakes”! Turning or “panning” as a train passes is not easy, as I usually have to shuffle my feet around to follow the train – otherwise I end up twisting my body & swaying about all over the place!

The sound of the blowing wind can be a bit of a nuisance, but after a few ruined videos I have now eliminated much of it by fixing a piece of foam over the microphones – the foam comes from those yellow washing up pads!!

I am filming at 1920×1080 – which is full HD (so the manual says) so the picture quality should be reasonably good. It does take a long time to upload, but I suppose broadband speeds will improve in the near future. Nothing worse than taking low quality videos & not being able to improve them. At least you can choose the quality you view at if you have a slow connection.

Once I get into a routine there should be more regular updates. Hope you enjoy the videos, makes a change to actually hear the trains & see them move.