Photographic Guidelines for Railway Enthusiasts

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Photography
Taking photographs on stations is permitted providing it is for personal use. For any commercial photography, prior permission must be sought from the appropriate train operator or, from Network Rail at their 17 major stations. On busy stations the use of a tripod may cause a dangerous obstruction to passengers and you may be asked not to use one. In addition, tripod legs must also be kept away from platform edges and behind the yellow lines. Flash photography on platforms is not allowed as it may distract the attention of train drivers and train despatch staff and is therefore a potential safety hazard. You are also not allowed to take photographs of security related equipment such as CCTV cameras.

Other rules
Before entering the station
At major stations please inform the Duty Station Manager of your presence. This will ensure that station staff are aware that you are on the station and they can go about their duties without concern as to your reasons for being there. At smaller stations you should ensure that you advise a member of the station staff of your activities.

You may require a platform ticket to allow access to platforms.

On the platform
You should ensure you act safely and sensibly at all times. Please remember the following:
  • Stay clear of the platform edge and behind the yellow lines where they are provided for safety reasons.
  • Do not trespass onto any area of the railway that is not available to passengers.
  • Do not climb on any structure or interfere with platform equipment.
  • Ensure that you do not obstruct any signalling equipment or signs which are vital to the safe running of the railways.
  • Avoid wearing anything which is similar in colour to safety clothing, such as high -visibility jackets, as this could cause confusion to drivers or other railway employees.
  • Avoid congregating at busy areas of the platform (e.g. customer information points, departure screens, waiting areas, seating etc.) or where this may interfere with the duties of station staff.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. We also kindly ask you take note of any unusual behaviour and activities and report anything suspicious to a member of staff or for more serious incidents, to the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40. In an emergency, dial 999. Your presence at the station can be very helpful to us as extra "eyes and ears" and can be a positive security benefit.

Railway Byelaws
To ensure ease of travel and safety on the railway system (which includes passengers, staff, property and equipment), the Byelaws must be observed by everyone. A copy of the Byelaws can be obtained at most staffed stations and is downloadable from the SRA website.

General
A key priority for Train Operators is to ensure the safety of their passengers and staff. You may very occasionally be asked by station staff to move to another part of the station or to leave the station altogether. Station staff should be happy to explain why this is necessary and if you are travelling on by train they may advise you to remain in the normal waiting areas with other passengers. If this occurs, please do so with goodwill as staff have many things to consider including the safety and security of all passengers and are authorised to use judgement in this regard.

Thank you for reading and complying with these guidelines. We hope you find this information useful when you next visit a station.
 
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For London Underground and DLR please ensure you have a "Filming and Photography permit". This can be arranged by Tfl, and as long as you don't use your photo's for commercial benefits it's free. (So you are NOT allowed to have a "Buy" button on your fotopic site for these pictures).

For a Permit for Tfl please visit. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/arts/filming/

When receiving your Permit please read the rules listed on the permit. Most station Supervisors will welcome you on their station and are pleased that you tell them your on the station to make photo's. A nice Tfl keycord is included with the permit ;)

 

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Holland on Rail said:
For London Underground and DLR please ensure you have a "Filming and Photography permit". This can be arranged by Tfl, and as long as you don't use your photo's for commercial benefits it's free. (So you are NOT allowed to have a "Buy" button on your fotopic site for these pictures).

Non-commercial photography is permitted on LUL. There is no need to apply for a permit if the material if for non-commercial use. The main thing to be aware of is that you must never use flash or tripods.
 

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In 'tube' stations, in Central London for example, must you be at one end of the platform? :dontknow: :)
 

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Rich said:
In 'tube' stations, in Central London for example, must you be at one end of the platform? :dontknow: :)

Not to my knowledge. As long as you apply a bit of common sense and don't cause an obstruction, you're 99% sure to be fine.
 
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A permit is recommended when photting on the Tube, they're free and easy to get, you don't necessarily have to sign in, just ask a member of staff if its OK and that you have a permit. Shuts up any you-know-whos. :)
 

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tubechallenger said:
A permit is recommended when photting on the Tube

After the 7/7, I would recomend them greatly as it would look more than suspicious IMO
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Seth said:
As long as you apply a bit of common sense and don't cause an obstruction, you're 99% sure to be fine.

Hard to not cause an obstruction if using central london;)
 

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Even with a permit, you may find that some LUL stations are more sensitive than others regarding photography and what they will and won't let you do. Staff at Westminster are (for obvious reasons) much more twitchy than at the likes of Farringdon.
 

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One is not permitted to take photographs at any point on the Newcastle metro system.

these people need educating then, the reason for such draconian rules is usually based onm ignorance, having enthusiasts on public transport systems only adds to security, I sometimes wonder how these people get these jobs?
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Even with a permit, you may find that some LUL stations are more sensitive than others regarding photography and what they will and won't let you do. Staff at Westminster are (for obvious reasons) much more twitchy than at the likes of Farringdon.

this is understandable of course and we should always support professional transport staff and educate the ones who act inappropriately.
 

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While at Carlisle 8th of May A group of "Snappers" crossed the "Line" on the platform which made a platform manager Very unhappy!! He told them to move back behind the line and to use some common sense as there were pendelino's comming in.

I have to aggree with him, It would take only One acident and we ALL could be banned from the platform's.

My self and a mate of mine went and pulled one guy back as he was leaning over trying to get "The Shot".

Please don't Hog the platform get your shot then move away to let others get there's that way we ALL help each other and keep the Jobsworths happy.
 

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Contrasts in Dainton behaviour, last Saturday: the good natured modern traction photographers, who showed consideration toward one another and who didn't feel the need to trespass onto railway property for that master shot. How sad to witness rather different behaviour from several steam fans, at the same location later in the day; especially the individual from a well-known railway videographic company.
 

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