A. Likely nothing. While outages happen, they are relatively rare. The biggest cause of user distress is outdated software. We recommend updating the Adobe Flash Player plugin regularly and using a modern web browser, such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, to view the webcam.
Q. Where is this camera?
A. The Trains Magazine Rochelle Webcam is located in Rochelle, Ill., overlooking the crossing of BNSF Railway’s Chicago-Twin Cities main line and Union Pacific’s Chicago-Omaha main line. The camera is situated atop the roof of the shelter at the Rochelle Railroad Park and looks west toward the crossing. For more on train watching, see the Trains Hot Spots guide on Rochelle.
Q. How did you manage to obtain such a great location?
A. The Trains Rochelle Webcam is brought to you by a partnership of Trains Magazine and the City of Rochelle, including the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corp., Rochelle Municipal Utilities, and Rochelle.Net.
Q. What kind of equipment do I need to watch the action on the cam?
A. You will need a broadband Internet connection and a modern web browser, such as the latest version of Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Q. What happened to the still shot images of the locomotives I used to see on the webcam?
A. The new webcam makes use of the latest advances in Internet connections, meaning we can now bring you full motion video and sound! The previous webcam, installed more than 10 years ago, was limited by the Internet connections of the period, which would preclude streaming the high-definition video we now offer.
Q. Why do I have to restart the camera after watching it for a while?
A. Because the new camera offers full-motion video and sound, it takes up a lot of internet bandwidth. To make sure we do not waste bandwidth, the video feed times out after a few minutes.
Q. Why don’t I hear train horns anymore in Rochelle?
A. In late 2016, Rochelle enacted a railroad quiet zone. This means that trains will not sound their horns unless necessary in an emergency, such as for people on or near the tracks.
Q. How come the video is dark at night?
A. Because we want to be the best neighbor we can possibly be and do not want to bother the railroaders and residents with floodlights.
Q. Why can’t I see the trains in the snow?
A. The camera is located on the roof of the park shelter and points to the west, giving viewers the best possible access to the diamond cross. However, this can lead to problems with snow and ice in the winter. Please have patience as we work with our partners in Rochelle to clear the camera.
Q. Why can’t I see the webcam on my mobile device?
A. The streaming technology to view the Rochelle webcam is viewable on multiple mobile devices, but is not compatible with the Firefox browser for Android. We recommend using the Google Chrome browser when viewing the webcam on an Android mobile device and Safari browser for an Apple mobile device.
Q. Something is wrong with the webcam, how soon can you fix it?
A. This depends on the nature of the problem. If it is computer based, our Wisconsin-based staff can usually take care of it from the office. However, if there is a problem with the camera itself, repairs can take longer. Remember, our office is more than 100 miles from Rochelle and traveling there is a significant investment in our time, among the many requirements of producing a magazine.
Q. My company manufactures something that would appeal to the viewers of this webcam. How can I buy a banner ad?
A. If you’re selling a railroad-related product or service, call the folks at the Trains advertising department at 888-558-1544, extension 625 (outside the U.S. and Canada, 262-798-6625), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. This FAQ has been entertaining and helpful, but I have a question that’s not listed here. Now what do I do?
A. Send your question via email to the Trains webcam team at email@example.com. We appreciate suggestions and will endeavor to answer your question promptly.
Q. Will you move the webcam to show the new Union Pacific signals?
A. We want to keep the field of view on both railroads roughly equal, so at this time we are not considering moving the camera.