You Tube Camtruck
Take a ride on your model
train layout from the viewpoint of the engine driver
Below is a list of links to
videos of users of the Branor Camtrucks
00 Gauge Wide Angle videos:
Newton Abbot update Great video by Trevor Tuckley
Around the De Havilland layout in HD
Mike Harris's 'Solderham & Overwood'
Mick Archer's layout A journey back to the end of steam in the 1960s
Birthday video for Alan Davison
Video tribute to a fathers great layout.
Intro by Branor Camtruck
Garry Hall, York Central
on home made 3-rail track 3 rail systems captured on a Branor Camtruck
Bath Green Park layout. By Taunton Model Railway Group
Video by Philip Fowler
Ray Owen's layout (massive)
Michael Rennie's work in progress
Anthony Ace's layout
Alex Cunningham's layout
00 Gauge Narrow Angle videos: These
Camtrucks now obsolete
James Knights, Western Model Railway HO
Mike Robinson's Loft Layout
Trevor Tuckley's magnificent 00 'Newton Abbot' layout
As above but with a very novel use of the CamTruck
Peter's Mahood's Layout in Queensland OZ Part 1
Peter's Mahood's Layout in Queensland OZ Part 2
Mike Wilcox's layout. Clockwise
Mike Wilcox's Layout. Stationary
Richard Ballon's BR blue period late 70's early 80's
N Gauge videos: These
Camtrucks now obsolete
Branor Systems layout 'Branor Vale'
This was the original Camtruck demo
Good example of Camtruck use from Paddy McFarlan
Priory Park set in 1960s
Abindgon & District Model Railway Club's "Ensbury park"
Paul Hull's front side video
Chris Hurley's layout. A slow run
Stephen Grist, Lincolnshire. Good Montage
Customized Cam Trucks:
We receive many requests to mount the video electronics in other
types of trucks. There are several issues here.
Firstly - only 00 gauge trucks will be considered. N gauge is far to
small and difficult.
The Hornby R6422 00 gauge Van was chosen because it has sufficient space
inside to accommodate the electronic module. Many trucks that we have
examined do NOT have sufficient space inside. It requires a clear space
of 30.3mm wide, 45mm long and 15mm deep.
Also, we have made jigs to speed manufacture and these are all
for the Hornby truck. If we did modify a different type of truck it would have
to be totally hand made. This would take extra time and therefore expense.
It is important that the truck can be taken apart without damage
(no glue) and that the internal space is clear with no obstructions and there is
at least 30.3 mm clear width inside.
It is also important to use a short wheelbase truck because the
camera view is fixed and when travelling around a corner the view point moves
away from track centre to the outer edge of the curved rail section. This
effects gets worse as the wheel base increases. If you look at the De-Havilland
demo video you will see the effect of travelling around curves:
The aesthetic appearance of the truck will be effected by the
mandatory apertures that have to be cut in the top and sides to allow access to
the control switches and USB cable.
With the above in mind, if you would like to send us a truck at
your expense that you think would be suitable we will examine it and give you a
report on feasibility and cost. Please don't send a truck without testing it's
suitability from the above requirements.
Expect that it would cost around £25 more than the standard
CTHD002 truck unless they were ordered in fairly large quantities.
Your comments welcome:
CamTrucks for hire:
Would you like to hire a
CamTruck for 30 days for £25 to make videos of your layout and then return it?
This could be your cheap option if you are not planning to modify your layout
any time soon and just want a record of the way it is now. Just pay the full
price and then return it within 30 days, and if still in
condition we will refund your money minus £25. You can of course keep the videos
that you have made of your layout. If you decide to keep the CamTruck, just do
so and after 30 days we will consider it sold.
I am very pleased to see pictures of the results of videos of layouts captured with Cam Trucks. If you would like to see your
modelling results with Branor products shown here, send me some pictures and/or
examples are below:
Camtruck safely received this morning. Thank you for your prompt service.
Truck works perfectly and will enable recording of my embryonic layout as it
develops. It has already shown several areas where attention to track is needed
before further development takes place. A great toy and tool. Regards Edward
Hi bought n gauge cam truck from
you about a month ago. All modelling seems to have come to a full stop as I am
now addicted to your camera. Thanks very much for a great product which is
simple to use and gives great results.
Hope you enjoy my latest effort
and please feel free to add it to your web site. Kind regards Steve Grist,
Lincolnshire. (see You Tube link above)
From the N Gauge Forum www.NGaugeForum.co.uk
I just received a Cam Truck from Bruce Piggott at Branor Systems (http://www.branor.co.uk/
This is the same wagon mounted video camera reviewed in a recent issue of
the NGS Journal.
The cameras cost about £70 and I chose to supply my own VBA van for the
conversion because Farish isn't currently producing VBA van's in BR bauxite
livery, which I wanted mine to have. The Cam Trucks are hand built by Bruce
to a very high standard and they are very easy to operate. Video quality is
surprisingly good for such a small camera.
I was impressed with Bruce's good communications as I live in California and
had to make all arrangements with him via email.
I hope if any of you have been "on the fence" about purchasing one of these
cameras that this little review convinces you to buy one. It is really a
nifty little piece of equipment.
Finally, the usual disclaimer - I have no relationship with Bruce or Branor
Systems other than as a very satisfied customer.
Just writing to thank you for the superfast delivery of
the N gauge CamTruck that I ordered on the 28th. It arrived this morning and has exceeded my
expectations in its neat design and the quality of the video.
Many thanks. Richard Gagen (3/5/2011)
the CamTruck yesterday, great service and a really well engineered and novel
piece of equipment, I tried it yesterday and the results were fantastic, hope to
get a decent video of the whole layout when I've tidied up some tatty scenery.
Many thanks for a great product.
Regards Ian. (19/6/11)
Peter Salmon (Wakefield) 21-6-11: The Cam Truck arrived
this morning safe and sound and I am delighted with it. The finish and build
quality is first rate and I congratulate you on your skills. Needless to say
after charging the battery I have been playing and that has been an eye opener.
Firstly I didn't know I talked to myself when I was doing something and when I
am not talking, I am sighing, why I don't know because nothing went wrong.