Railway Enthusiast guidelines for the UK

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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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Tom B

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One point, some staff apparently complained about photographers wearing red t-shirts as it could confuse drivers with signals? But if a driver can't tell the difference between a signal and a person, why is he driving...?
 

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Finsbury Park dont like people being there, shall I print it off and show them that we are allowed on any station, even the station manager says 'well if he doesnt want you on the platform then you do what he says' what? shes the manager! not him!
 

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heart-of-wessex said:
... shall I print it off and show them that we are allowed on any station...

The RM article actually recommends this, so I would advise you to do so. It is more than likely that I will carry a copy with me from now on.
 

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heart-of-wessex said:
Finsbury Park dont like people being there, shall I print it off and show them that we are allowed on any station, even the station manager says 'well if he doesnt want you on the platform then you do what he says' what? shes the manager! not him!

I got a few dirty looks at Finsbury Park when taking pics the other day :roll:
 

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I just carried on. Stuff em. I paid for my ticket which gives them the jobs.

But I take note of the rules, especially in this period of high security and I even casually took stuff out my bag just to show them it was "clean" :roll:
 
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tubechallenger said:
Wear a yellow t-shirt instead! :mrgreen:
You should never wear or have anything that could confuse a driver, a railway is a safety critical environment. It's this kind of attitude that gives enthusiasts a bad name with station staff.
 

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Paul said:
tubechallenger said:
Wear a yellow t-shirt instead! :mrgreen:
You should never wear or have anything that could confuse a driver, a railway is a safety critical environment. It's this kind of attitude that gives enthusiasts a bad name with station staff.

I never knew passengers were not meant to wear certain coloured shirts? :?
 
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yorkie said:
Paul said:
tubechallenger said:
Wear a yellow t-shirt instead! :mrgreen:
You should never wear or have anything that could confuse a driver, a railway is a safety critical environment. It's this kind of attitude that gives enthusiasts a bad name with station staff.

I never knew passengers were not meant to wear certain coloured shirts? :?
They can, that was badly phrased by me (it's been a long day). If you're going to be hanging around at the end of a platform near to signals it's probably not a good idea to wear anything that could confuse a driver. If I saw anyone doing that, I'd probably ask them to move.
 

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And possibly be duly ignored! If you are say wearing a bright yellow old Arsenal away shirt, and are standing at the end of Southampton platforms to get in the front coach of the 10 WES down to Weymouth, instead of the rear 5 WES for Bournemouth only, you can't exactly be told off for that.
 
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AlexS said:
And possibly be duly ignored! If you are say wearing a bright yellow old Arsenal away shirt, and are standing at the end of Southampton platforms to get in the front coach of the 10 WES down to Weymouth, instead of the rear 5 WES for Bournemouth only, you can't exactly be told off for that.
It would be easy to tell the difference between a signal and an Arsenal shirt. A plain shirt would be more difficult, especially if it was worn specifically to confuse a driver, as suggested (in jest I hope) above.
 

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Like I said though - if a driver can't tell a red signal from a red shirt, why the flip is he driving a train?!

Edit: Also, I thought that if there was *any* confusion as to what the signals showed, it should be treated as Danger?
 
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