TRAINS and Polar Bears on webcam

 
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  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Polar bears and passenger trains on the same web cam. Churchill, northern Canada is reputed to be the polar bear capital of the world

The town is accessible only by air or train. A webcam shows both bears and trains
TRAINS and Polar Bears on webcam



lots of information on churchill in canada but where is the link to the webcam for the train?

has an interesting definition of the word "gunzel" in http://rodjenks.org/bears%20album/BROOKS%20BEARS/Churchill/Churchill%20train%20page4.html

a question. churchill being on hudson bay do cp pick up and drop off and do they have a rail barge in operation?

a map of the hudson bay railway is in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Route_Map_of_Hudson_Bay_Railway.svg#mediaviewer/File:Route_Map_of_Hudson_Bay_Railway.svg

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  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
Hi Guys
re Churchill Conductors Club
http://rodjenks.org/bears%20album/BROOKS%20BEARS/Churchill/Churchill%20front%20page.html
The link to our cam
guardians of the sea: beluga whales - sky cam
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I did not post it directly so I can get a count of how many hits we have  - 86  so far !!
The next passenger train is due at midnight Tuesday, East Oz Time it has been up to 40 mins early and 4 hours late
An interesting thing is that it turns on a triangle just out of camera range - and the cams ops have great fun looking for it ,before going into town backwards !
Scroll down on the cam page to see the comments section and join in the chatter.
Your screenshot might even make it into the monthly Hall OF Fame ?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
If you watch the camera now you will see a freight train arriving. I captured some images.












Regards
Brian
  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
Hi Bevan
The aim is to get 8000 wagons of grain onto ships this season so there are plenty of freight trains coming and going  
The passenger trains arriving backwards are a real treat,
the next one is midnight EST tonight - Tuesday
The cam op starts looking for it about 11pm , because it has been early, if you see a line of trees they are looking for it coming out of the triangle
We hope some of the 102 visitors to our CCC site yesterday
will jump on board with us via the comments section -scroll down from the cam pic
http://rodjenks.org/bears%20album/BROOKS%20BEARS/Churchill/Churchill%20front%20page.html
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Maybe you can add it to the website
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
hey rod. good link.

what are the tank cars on the left hand side of the images from bevans?
  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
hey rod. good link.

what are the tank cars on the left hand side of the images from bevans?
JimYarin

Hi Jim
Oil/Diesel?  tankers for the fuel depot   pic 3 march 2014
The cam ops follow them when possible
Please join us in the comments chat
http://rodjenks.org/bears%20album/BROOKS%20BEARS/Churchill/Churchill%20front%20page.html
Scroll down past the photos tp see and make comments
Looking forward to seeing you there
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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
That camera does love around a bit.

For the sake of clarification how often does grain arrive and how is it loaded ? Does the camera also cover this process ?

Is the goods a daily service ?

As for the grain is this export grain or intra Canada grain ?
  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
That camera does love around a bit.

For the sake of clarification how often does grain arrive and how is it loaded ? Does the camera also cover this process ?

Is the goods a daily service ?

As for the grain is this export grain or intra Canada grain ?
freightgate

Hi FG   Bear in mind that the camera is provided by explore.org , an organization devoted to education about wildlife.
This one is for beluga whales and polar bears in season.
We are lucky that camera operators Kat,Kim and Bob  are volunteers who are also train enthusiasts. They show us the trains as a bonus.
The grain comes from central Canada by rail , to the silos and looading pier in Churchill . Hudsons Bay is only ice free  for 3-4  months So they have to load as much as they can in a short time. It is exported to Mexico and Europe  - much shorter that way.
The camera is mounted on top of the wheat silos and can look down on the wagons and at the ships at the pier loading
The grain and freight  trains do not operate to any timetable. We call the FFTs Frustrating Freight Trains for that reason
Hoping to see you in the comments
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
That response makes anlotnof sense. It is good I the explore people to cover the trains in addition to the wildlife.

Between which dates is the grain shipped ?

Mexico ?  I would have thought the grain would be cheaper on rail to
Mexico as CN have trackage right to the gulf from memory ?
  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
That response makes anlotnof sense. It is good I the explore people to cover the trains in addition to the wildlife.

Between which dates is the grain shipped ?

Mexico ? I would have thought the grain would be cheaper on rail to
Mexico as CN have trackage right to the gulf from memory ?
freightgate

Wheat shipping season is august to November
too much ice in Hudsons bay for ships in winter
I guess it is cheaper than rail all the way across USA
PT very late Tuesday night  departure is 10.30 am EST Wednesday
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  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
lots of information on churchill in canada but where is the link to the webcam for the train?

has an interesting definition of the word "gunzel" in http://rodjenks.org/bears%20album/BROOKS%20BEARS/Churchill/Churchill%20train%20page4.html

a question. churchill being on hudson bay do cp pick up and drop off and do they have a rail barge in operation?

a map of the hudson bay railway is in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Route_Map_of_Hudson_Bay_Railway.svg#mediaviewer/File:Route_Map_of_Hudson_Bay_Railway.svg
JimYarin

PT at 12.45 am Tuesday !!!
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
I love the high resolution camera, most web cams look like they have been shot though the bottom of a beer bottle.
  pandem Locomotive Driver

Location: Perth
Hi FG Bear in mind that the camera is provided by explore.org , an organization devoted to education about wildlife.
This one is for beluga whales and polar bears in season.
Rodjenks

Thanks for the link and info. At about 1530UTC 26thAug2014(last night) watched a train arrive and passengers alight.
Towards 1600UTC the camera operator tracked a bear and within minutes it was chased by a chopper.
Not sure sure if there were any whales in the area.

Thanks again
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
I love the high resolution camera, most web cams look like they have been shot though the bottom of a beer bottle.
TheBlacksmith


the resolution is great. i winder what camera technology they are using?
  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
Thanks for the link and info. At about 1530UTC 26thAug2014(last night) watched a train arrive and passengers alight.
Towards 1600UTC the camera operator tracked a bear and within minutes it was chased by a chopper.
Not sure sure if there were any whales in the area.

Thanks again
pandem

Hi Pandem  Isn't it great , we are lucky to have cam operators who go out of their way to show us train activity
Not many other cams where you can count the no of passengers alighting
Next time you see a train please scroll down to comments and say G'day !
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Is there somewhere that you can watch the cameras live? That link only seems to point to a series of pre-recorded items.
  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
Is there somewhere that you can watch the cameras live? That link only seems to point to a series of pre-recorded items.
TheBlacksmith

http://explore.org/live-cams/player/wild-beluga-whale-cam
Is a direct link to the camera it is usually live, look for the live icon on the lower right corner
Our CCC site has a timetable for the passenger trains
http://rodjenks.org/bears%20album/BROOKS%20BEARS/Churchill/Churchill%20front%20page.html
  pandem Locomotive Driver

Location: Perth
Hi Pandem Isn't it great , we are lucky to have cam operators who go out of their way to show us train activity
Not many other cams where you can count the no of passengers alighting
Next time you see a train please scroll down to comments and say G'day !
Rodjenks

Interested in doing the train trip at least one way. Mrs says no she would not go. Is this a problem?
  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
Interested in doing the train trip at least one way. Mrs says no she would not go. Is this a problem?
pandem

Looking for a travel partner ?
doing it both ways is on my bucket list but there have been so many derailments and PT cancellation lately it would be risky.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Looking for a travel partner ?
doing it both ways is on my bucket list but there have been so many derailments and PT cancellation lately it would be risky.
Rodjenks


What is the risk?  Could one be stranded?
  Rodjenks Station Staff

Location: Geelong
What is the risk? Could one be stranded?
bevans

Financial    you could get to Winnipeg and find it has been cancelled due to derailment of freight train.
It did not run for 3 weeks in July . Or worse, get tp Churchill and have to fly out
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
Financial you could get to Winnipeg and find it has been cancelled due to derailment of freight train.
It did not run for 3 weeks in July . Or worse, get tp Churchill and have to fly out
Rodjenks

Shunting activity on cam as I write. Making up a southbound freight it would appear.

I can understand that risk. When we were travelling in Canada last year, we were due to catch the Skeena from Jasper to Prince Rupert. We were fortunate, as we were on the first northbound for a week. One of the locos on the eastbound Canadian had failed the previous weekend, and the stabled loco at Jasper had been requisitioned to get it moving again. No passenger rail service either way for a week until a replacement loco was positioned, again via an eastbound Canadian.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Yep. some shunting. The passenger train is in the closest road. If you look closely trailerail looks in use.








In the setting sun!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia


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