Announcement: Lineside Photography


We value the group of dedicated lineside photographers and know they share our priority for ensuring safe working along the line for accredited people under the existing permit system and PTS courses.

The pictures taken by lineside photographers provide the railway with high-quality publicity pictures for our own communications including Bluebell News as well as for use in our external promotion of the railway.

The current arrangements for lineside photography are on hold while discussions take place within the railway and also with the rail regulator and our insurers. This is to ensure the system can continue with all the necessary safeguards in place.

While those discussions take place:

  • photographers with an existing lineside permit can continue to use it until the expiry date
  • existing permits will not automatically renew so we will ask anyone without a valid permit to stay within the normal public access areas
  • photographers PTS courses are in abeyance until after the review
  • applications for renewals or new permits are not being accepted

We will provide an update as soon as possible to allow photographers to plan their 2020 heritage railway photography season.

We hope this guidance sets out clearly the current position and that you appreciate the reasons for reviewing the system for lineside photography.