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BNSF and Union Pacific in Rochelle IL

By | October 19, 2020

A exclusive webcam located in Rochelle IL, capturing live action as the BNSF and Union Pacific mainlines cross.

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Watch live railroading action 24 hours per day on! Our Rochelle Web Cam captures live action as the BNSF and Union Pacific main lines cross.

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52 thoughts on “BNSF and Union Pacific in Rochelle IL

    1. Roger, EarthCam has cameras located all over the world and this location is not posted on EarthCam’s website as it’s exclusive to (and I just recently checked it over at but they have a network of webcams at other places you can see like WTC in New York or Dealey Plaza in Dallas (you can see some action from DART, TRE, BN and UP)

  1. The old web site for Rochelle was much better !!! This new one does NOT do it for Me. Its a pain in the Behind to get to work !! I think YOU have LOST ME !!!!! Bmascol..

  2. I have no interest in this new trcomcomainscom eature. As ffar as I am concerned it is garbage and ruined a fine website. Please give me back my old

  3. I hate the new format. I’ve been a trains subscriber for many years and this just about makes this my last subscription to Trains Mag. Give us back the old rail cam.

  4. Absolutely hate the new format. New web cam is like viewing a postage stamp and it is ridiculous trying to navigate the news wire. The old web page was a thousand percent better and easier to navigate.

  5. I don’t *hate* the new format, but at the least please restore the webcam to its old size (about double the dimensions of the new format).

  6. What did you do to the Cam?? You had a very good format and was easy to view. I cannot even turn on the sound. If this is the direction you want to take then I guess I can show my displeasure by not renewing when the time comes. I have been a subscriber for many years.

  7. It really is bad for us … I can’t get the cam to show any picture … large or small!! It is just a small black square … none of the buttons work!! Please fix … take a step bak and give us the old format!!

  8. The new Trains at Rochelle is very bad. Too small video, no way to turn on sound. Please go back to the older large screen.

  9. Have to agree with the criticism of the new layout. The old larger screen was w-a-y better. Why fix something that was really good? Please go back to the old screen view.

  10. Still not fixed … must click back and forth on play & pause & full screen to eventually get it to show anything!! Go back to the old way … MUCH BETTER!!!

  11. People – press/click the BUTTON to take the view to full screen. Press/click the small SPEAKER icon to turn on the sound. As much as I don’t care for the new website, change can be alarming and, as long as other than being a subscriber I don’t have to PAY for access to News Wire or the webcam it’s not that bad.

  12. I have figured out what to do for sound, but when I go to full screen, I do not get the full screen and the picture clarity diminishes. Plus in a round about way we do “pay” for it through our subscriptions. If I had to pay additional for the service now, I would decline based upon the quality received. Not a very well thought out change.

  13. Good advice, Ronald, but I want to do other things with my computer than watch a single webcam.

  14. I just cannot get over what an astounding mess you folks have made of your web pages. A total failure. The web cam page is much worse. The photo of the day, worse. The News Wire page is just terrible. What are you thinking here, Trains? Who came up with this? PLEASE return to the previous style which was vastly superior to the mess you’ve created here.

  15. I agree whole heartedly, news wire (on an iPad, anyway) and the webcam resolution on full screen is indeed, pun intended, a train wreck.

  16. Please restore the old layout of the Rochelle webcam webpage.

    The new page layout shrinks the actual webcam window and crams in a large ad. Full screen mode does NOT solve this issue, as I want to have other windows opened along with Rochelle in my daily work. This has been my default desktop for 6 years. Your recent change has ruined it.

    The convention on the Internet is that if you pay for a website (as we all do for and the Rochelle webcam), then ads are REMOVED. Please do so on this webpage.

    1. Update: for those who want the Rochelle webcam window larger but not full screen, display the window and then tap CTRL-SHIFT-+ (CTRL, SHIFT, and + key together) several times. This zooms that browser window and grows the webcam window. You can then center the webcam window, eliminating the ads.

  17. Getting used to navigating the new sight – and while different, I can certainly live with it. Except: Could we please get a link (button maybe) from news wire to the web cam? In order to make the jump I have to relaunch the browser.

  18. Do not like the new format. Why mess with something that worked. It looks like something the government would do.

  19. Why does the Rochelle cam work with Edge, but with Firefox, all I see is a black screen with the Earthcam logo?

  20. How does the “Share Image” with the camera icon at the bottom middle of the picture work? I clicked it and nothing seemed to work.
    Plus, I think it is annoying that the cam no longer works with Firefox and I have to use Chrome.

  21. Ok, I hate to pile on but the new webcam t’aint any good. No audio, too small a screen and, and, well I can’t find anything else wrong with it but I’ll keep looking. Website leaves a bit to be desired, too. Why is it folks have to “fix” what isn’t broken 😠?

  22. Has anyone ever given any thought to the notion of nighttime lighting to be able to identify the trains at night?

  23. Hello all,

    Sorry if you’ve been experiencing difficulties. We’re having some teething pains with the new site. As of today, the web cam is function as it should, with sound. There is a pop-up tool bar on the bottom of the screen that allows you to turn sound on and off, as well as enter full-view mode.

    We are still in the “pardon our dust” phase of the site launch, so I simply ask for your patience. Have a good day!


  24. Came back to this site today, May 22nd and see that the “new” view is still terrible. Guess I’ll try in another month and see if it has been returned to the “old” view or I am dumping this one! This is one of the big reasons I subscribe to the the magazine.

  25. Today I saw what looks like homeless man and two unleashed dogs living in the lower park. I sure hope no one gets bit. I have seen him before without the dogs at different times of the day.

    1. There are a couple people handing around. Today, 05/28, Just saw them come up from the lower level. I thought they had left a few days ago.

  26. Well now a homeless man is moving concrete ash blocks into the lower viewing section. Waking back and forth across BNSf main tracks and throwing them over the fence.

  27. The site is fine…and I enjoy the train watching. The ‘old view’ was definitely better. Meanwhile, there are a couple of things that could be improved on the ‘new’ look. It appears that some sort of plexiglass protective shield had been added and the result is a lot of strange distortion in the picture in the late afternoon hours. Also, the overall focus doesn’t seem to be as sharp.

  28. One other thing…there is a low level hum or buzz in the audio. It’s not terrible but could probably be easily eliminated.

  29. This site is the only web RR camera I watch that does not have history, only a live picture. Need a better camera and the ability to browse through at least 12 hours of past action.

    For a new, improved website, certainly still has many challenges still unsolved as of the end of July.

  30. Can’t make the webcam work. I have no problem with webcams all over the country, some in Europe. Why do I only have a problem with Rochelle?????

  31. Is it a misperception or, in most instances do the BNSF trains seem to be rolling right along while the UP trains seem to . . . . . um, PLOD along? Just asking . . . . . . . .

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