RailCowGirl gets a lot of questions every day, and a lot of them very frequently. So therefore we have gathered a collection of all the frequently asked questions here.

Below you will find answers to all of the most common questions asked in the live chat on YouTube or in direct messages to RailCowGirl. The questions are grouped together so it is easier to find what you’re looking for.

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The FAQ has been put together with the kind help from channel subscriber Ariel T.

General

Q: Where are your videos from?

All the videos that RailCowGirl are posting are from Norway. They are from the regional service between Bergen and Oslo, the local service between Bergen-Arna-Voss-Myrdal, and from the Flåm railway.

Q: Do you drive passenger trains or cargo?

Until the end of August 2021 RCG used to drive passenger trains for the company Vy Tog Vest AS. On 1.September 2021 she started in another company, Green Cargo, where she drives freight trains.

Q: What type of trains do you drive?

In the YouTube videos with passenger trains you can see views from EL18 locomotives with B7 carriages and WLAB2. On the Flåm line EL18 with B3 carriages. For local services type 75 FLIRT. When driving freight trains RCG drives these locomotives: ​​Bombardier TRAXX AC2 F140 182.2 (RE), Bombardier TRAXX AC3 F140 (BR187) (Hybrid), Stadler EuroDuale (Hybrid), T44 (diesel).

Q: Where do you go to the bathroom?

RailCowGirl has to use the bathrooms in the stations as there are no toilets on the locomotive.

Q: Do you have accommodation when you stay in other places? / Do you have to stay over?

As RCG is stationed in Voss, she sometimes has to stay over in other places. Her employer arranges a room for her so she can rest or sleep in between the shifts.

Q: Do you ever drive the whole way between Bergen and Oslo?

No, the drivers are not allowed to drive the whole line between Bergen and Oslo because of the rest time regulations.

Q: Is there a way to support your channel?

Yes, thank you very much for asking! You can either click here to donate an amount of your choice, or you can click here to become a member with a monthly membership. As a member of “the Herd”, you also get access to our private Discord server.

Q: Is it possible to buy RailCowGirl merchandise?

Yes, it is! You can click this link to go to the shop in Teespring.

About RailCowGirl

Q: Who is RailCowGirl?

RailCowGirl is a female train driver/engineer from Norway. She used to drive passenger trains, but from September 2021 she is driving freight trains.

Q: How did you come up with the name RailCowGirl?

I have a fascination for cows, and I live in the countryside.

Q: Who is HinduCowGirl and why did you change your name?

HinduCowGirl changed named to RailCowGirl because of a huge amount of questions about religion.

Q: How long have you been driving trains?

RailCowGirl has been driving trains for more than 10 years. She started in the public owned company NSB (Norges StatsBaner) in Oslo, and transferred to NSB in Voss, which is now a private company named Vy. In September 2021 she started working for Green Cargo driving freight trains.

Q: What’s your real name, or how old are you?

I prefer not to reply to personal questions. But my real name was revealed in the National Geographic series “Europe from Above,” the episode about Norway.

Q: Where can I find a photo of you? / Do you ever show your face?

The channel is about train driver’s view, not my face. Here is a photo of me, though. No, seriously, if you want to see who is behind RailCowGirl, you can watch the National Geographic series “Europe from Above” and the episode about Norway.

Location

Q: Where are your videos from?

All the videos on the RailCowGirl YouTube channel is from Norway. Most of them are from the Bergen line and the Flåm railway. You can see a map over the area here.

Q: What is the weather and temperature in Norway right now?

At yr.no you can search for any place in Norway to see the forecast.

Q: How many tunnels are there?

Between Bergen and Voss there are 48 tunnels in total, including all the short ones. On all of the Bergen line between Bergen and Oslo there are 180 tunnels in total.

On the Flåm railway there are 27 tunnels in total.

Q: Is there any webcams from the area?

Yes, there are several webcams from the area. Please click on each of the places to be directed to the webcams (note: none of the webcams are run by RailCowGirl nor do RCG have any connection to these websites. For any issues or troubleshooting, please contact the webcam owner.)

Bergen from mount Fløyen, webcam provided by bt.no

Bergen from mount Ulriken, webcam provided by bt.no

Finse station, webcam provided by bt.no

Q: What time is it in Norway right now?

Here is a link to Timeanddate.com where you can see the current time in Norway.

Filming

Q: What equipment do you use?

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BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (BMPCC6K)

Canon CN-E 24mm T1.5

Rode Stereo Videomic Pro

Samsung T5 2TB

GoPro HERO8 Black

GoPro MAX

Samsung 256GB SD-card

GoPro Suction Cup Mount

Q: Where do you find the music?

EpidemicSound.com – (Note: this is an affiliate link, meaning that RailCowGirl may get a small commission if you buy something using this link. This will not add any extra cost for you, and is only a nice way of supporting her work.)

Trains

Q: Is there a restaurant car onboard?

On the passenger trains between Bergen – Oslo there is a café car (also see next question). On the local services and on the Flåm railway there is not a café or any other options to buy food.

Q: Can you buy food on board the train?

Yes, the trains between Bergen – Oslo has a café car. You can see the menu at Vy here.

Q: How fast does the train go?

Max speed on the Bergen line is 160 km/h, and on the Flåm line 40 km/h.

Q: What kind of trains do you drive?

Passenger trains or empty trains going to or from the depot.

Q: What type of trains do you drive?

On the Bergen line we operate the EL18 locomotive with B7 carriages and WLAB2. On the Flåm line we operator EL18 with B3 carriages. For the local services we operate the type 75 FLIRT.

Q: How do I become a train driver in Norway?

First, you have to be fluent in Norwegian. Second, you can read about the requirements at Norsk Fagskole for Lokomotivførere’s websites on this link.

Q: Is rail travel in Norway expensive?

Depends on what you think is expensive. Click here to go to the Vy website to check prices.

Q: How many cars are on the train?

On the Flåm railway there are usually 6 cars in the summer, and 2 or 3 in the winter.

On the Bergen line there is usually 7 cars including one café car. And in the holidays and weekends they add so that it is 8-9 cars in total.

On the local trains between Bergen – Voss – Myrdal the standard is one FLIRT set with 5 cars, and sometimes two FLIRT connected with the double capacity.

Q: What voltage is in the overhead wire?

Between 15-17 kV.

Q: If you lose power do you have diesel that takes over?

No, I don’t. But there is a readiness in cases of emergency.

Q: What does the signals mean?

Here is a link to Wikipedia where you can learn about the signals.

Q: What is the speed of the train?

Here is a link to the line speed (external link).

Stream & chat

Q: Is it a game?

No, it is not a game. It is the real pre-recorded footage from a real train driver’s cabin.

Q: Is this fake?

No, it is not fake. It is real pre-recorded footage from a real train driver’s cabin.

Q: Who is the driver/engineer?

That would be Railcowgirl. She works as a train driver/engineer and records her trains.

Q: Why is it daylight on the stream when it is night in Norway?

Because the video are pre-recorded. Most of them were filmed during daytime, and there is a loop of several videos being showed on the stream 24/7.

Q: Where is it?

All the videos on the RailCowGirl YouTube channel is from Norway. Most of them are from the Bergen line and the Flåm railway. You can see a map over the area here.

Q: Is there a way to support your channel?

Yes, thank you very much for asking! You can either click here to donate an amount of your choice, or you can click here to become a member with a monthly membership. As a member of “the Herd”, you also get access to our private Discord server.

Q: Why can I not write in my language? Why is only English allowed in the chat?

English or Norwegian are preferred languages in the chat, because English is the language most people have in common. Norwegian because the RailCowGirl is Norwegian. English is preferred so that everyone can be included in the chat. Please read the chat rules that are stated in the video description.

Q: I subscribed, why is my name not showing on the screen?

Sometimes the banner is delayed, or there could be technical issues with Streamlabs. Sorry about that.

Q: Why was this in my recommendations on YouTube?

YouTube is suggesting videos you may find interesting based on your recent views or search history.

Q: Does the train ever stop?

Yes, the train stops for passengers on stations, for maintenance, for signals showing stop (mostly the red ones, but a few other signals).

Q: Why doesn’t the train stop in all stations?

This is because the stops are all decided in the train schedule, so not all trains stop at all stations. Some stations are even marked with an “X” in the schedule, meaning that passengers will have to tell the conductor if they want to go off at that stop.

Q: Do animals/people ever get hit by the train?

Yes, that happens from time to time. Such images are removed from the video as they are not suitable for YouTube.

Q: When was this recorded?

The videos in the 24/7 stream are pre-recorded, and I try to always keep them as updated as possible. In the beginning of a season, there might be videos that were recorded last season, but most of them are not more than a few months old.

Q: What time is it in Norway right now?

Here is a link to Timeanddate.com where you can see the current time in Norway.

Updated: 17.December 2021