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New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby alexander » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:23 am

I've set up a webcam pointed at the Haverhill Commuter Rail line and Pan Am Freight Main in Andover just railroad east of CPF-FY Frye.

http://shawsheen.com/RobotFoamer/

This is a train-activated webcam that automatically takes snapshots of passing trains and displays photos of the last 15 or so trains to pass by. This is useful for seeing recent activity and finding out if a particular movement has already passed. It isn't a real-time webcam, but does update every 5 minutes if it senses a train.

Train content includes loads of MBCR and Downeaster activity, and also Pan Am freight.

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Re: New Andover RR webcam

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:18 pm

That's like railfan crack. ;-)
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:56 pm

This is really awesome! :-D

I saw all the day pictures earlier, however there's currently mostly night shots now of course, and the night shots are pretty obscured. Any way you could fix that maybe? I think it's the settings for the cam, but I'm not sure what to tell you to do.

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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby mitch3910 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:55 am

I just saw the shot of my train going by as I'm sitting on it. Definitely cool.

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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby alexander » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:32 pm

The railcam night shots will be what they are: Available light photographs of things moving up to 60 MPH in the darkness are going to be blurry smears at best. I'm using it as a tool to count how many freight trains are passing at night because there sure haven't been many in daylight lately. You can tell the freight trains from the shiny trains because they don't have the smear of light from the windows.

mitch3910 wrote:I just saw the shot of my train going by as I'm sitting on it. Definitely cool.


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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby Diverging Route » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:43 pm

alexander wrote:The railcam night shots will be what they are: Available light photographs of things moving up to 60 MPH in the darkness are going to be blurry smears at best. I'm using it as a tool to count how many freight trains are passing at night because there sure haven't been many in daylight lately. You can tell the freight trains from the shiny trains because they don't have the smear of light from the windows.

mitch3910 wrote:I just saw the shot of my train going by as I'm sitting on it. Definitely cool.


Indeed, the future is here. Where is my flying car?


It's here. But the right question (for this board) is "Where is my flying train?"
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby CRail » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:37 pm

aha.... ahhaa.... ain't that just a kick in the pants, Mr. Weatherman.

I have to admit when I first looked at the thread I thought, "Oh, a puke kid that needs a computer and an automated camera to do his dirty work." Then I looked at it and, why it's still really the same thing, it is pretty cool. I've retired from the whole track side thing myself, but still think if you're going to do it, do it right. This is a good way to monitor activity, though, and perhaps catch something rare.
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby mitch3910 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:30 am

There's an image up there now of a front-end loader on hi-rail trucks clearing the tracks. Awesome! :P
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby artman » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:53 am

I love it
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby LLPX2032 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:28 am

A WR webcam, eh? Let's see if I can catch my train on it.
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby LLPX2032 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:12 pm

I saw my train & myself! That's pretty cool.
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby BostonUrbEx » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:25 pm

Woah, what are those two red locomotives! Today at 14:45.

Also, there's about 7 pics with nothing going by.
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby MBTA3247 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:01 pm

Lease units by the looks of them. Without seeing the train it's impossible to tell if it's a Pan Am freight or this job that John mentioned running a few days early.
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby octr202 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:47 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:Woah, what are those two red locomotives! Today at 14:45.

Also, there's about 7 pics with nothing going by.


Assuming the photo I was looking at was the same one, they're just two of PAR's ex-HLCX SD-40-2s. Former lease units than haven't gotten the blue repaint yet, should be in the MEC610-619 range as the lower numbered ones were ex-KCS.
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Re: New Andover Western Route Webcam

Postby alexander » Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:41 pm

BostonUrbEx wrote:Woah, what are those two red locomotives! Today at 14:45.

Also, there's about 7 pics with nothing going by.


Those red SDs are quite a sight. Just a Pan Am eastbound, but interesting in that there were THREE units in red, not a winged globe nor a Big G in sight. Better photo attached.

The pics with no trains in sight happen on party sunny days. The sunlight rapidly coming in and out of the clouds triggers the event counter and the images get saved. These empty frames pile up quickly and force the train pics off the page.

I've tried various pre-emptive settings without success. For example, I can set pre-emptive zones that supposedly deny an event trigger when a change is sensed. I have one of these zones in the trees above the railroad to detect rapid changes in light level. The purpose is that a simultaneous trigger in the track zone AND the little area in the trees should DENY an event, while a trigger on the track area alone should CAUSE an event. No joy.

The track event trigger zone is actually a tiny patch spanning both the main and the runner just to the left of the utility pole.
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