First and foremost, I appreciate all of the gratitude that has been expressed here and directed at me. However, John Engs, Steve Forney, and Joe Kanocz and I are a team. No one did any more work than the others. This was absolutely a team-effort, as are all of the Friend's projects.
As neat as this camera is for us fans to see what our favorite railroad is doing, the catalyst for this project was marketing. A TV station in Albuquerque specifically requested an up-close view of the action to use as a backdrop for weather broadcasts. This will put the railroad in front of 10's of thousands every day and won't cost the railroad a cent. I don't know when those broadcasts will start, but I'll pass along any information I get. Eventually, I hope stations in Denver, Amarillo, Kansas, and maybe even Dallas-Ft Worth will pick up the feed.
In addition to the camera, a firewall was finally installed. This required a complete re-engineering of the network and now Chama Yard has a first class LAN adhering to Cisco's industrial standards. This greatly enhances security and remote management.
Special thanks to Steve and Joe for ensuring that all of the gear is grounded. This was a big concern after the outage last spring due to lightning. We also staged spare network appliances so that (hopefully) we can recover quickly from any loss of hardware.
Special thanks to John Engs for designing the mount the camera sits upon. It's brilliantly simple and took almost no time to assemble and install.
For the moment, this camera is opened to the public. However, as soon as I have the free time necessary, I will develop a method that will allow access to Friend's Members only. Being a Member deserves some perks, and this will be a big one. The two coal tipple cameras will remain opened to the public as they always have been.
If you haven't yet participated in a Friend's Work Session, please do so. You won't regret the experience. There is much to do and we need your help.
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