Railway enthusiast schemes in uk

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  1. Cundy66

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    Are there any schemes for railway enthusiasts like there is for aviation enthusiasts?
     
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    Not being an aviation enthusiast, I am uncertain what you mean by a 'scheme for enthusiasts'. Can you explain what you mean, please?
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    I don't understand what you mean either.
     
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    Basically you join a scheme where by you agree to report anything suspicious to police and it was a joint thing between airport authority and police where by registering details and providing passport sized photos you where issued with an ID card that showed you was part of the scheme and a genuine enthusiast so if you where near an airport and someone asked what you was doing you could explain and show the card.

    The point being that not only would it prove what you was doing but it helps to build relationships between the enthusiast and authorities.

    Is there any schemes like this for the railway and enthusiasts?
     
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    I don't believe there is, at least nothing official. In the early post-11th September period, there were a number of issues with enthusiasts being reported for "suspicious" behaviour and so on. Rules were introduced about getting permission before photography trips on stations, and these days most TOCs are fairly fair-minded when it comes to enthusiasts.
     
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    It was called "The Ian Allan Locospotters' Club"
     
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    As the hobby has diversified over the years we now have : -

    Locomotive Club of Great Britain (LCGB),
    Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTS),
    Inter City Railway Society (ICRS),
    Branch Line Society (BLS),
    Preserved Locomotive Enthusiasts Group (PLEG),
    Locomotive and Carriage Institution,
    East Midlands Railway Photographic Society (EMRPS)

    and probably others I have forgotten to mention.
     
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    I carry a copy of that webpage when I'm photting at a station, so that when some jobsworth tells me it's illegal to take photos I can inform him of his ignorance.
     
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    If it was illegal to call something that is legal, illegal, those jobsworths would soon stop!
     
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