Skip to content

Photographing Classic Steam and Modern Electric Trains: Professional Tips and Tricks

Photographing Classic Steam and Modern Electric Trains: Professional Tips and Tricks

Are you a fan of the railways? Have you always enjoyed the sights and sounds associated with a locomotive rumbling by? There are countless train enthusiasts across the United Kingdom and capturing one of these behemoths in all of its glory through the use of photography is a common desire.

Still, there are some expert tips and suggestions to keep in mind if you hope to snap a truly memorable photo. Let’s take a look at some practical advice as well as some useful tips.

Regulations to Keep in Mind

Of course, safety is always a concern when photographing any type of train. This is whey there are several rules that need to be followed. These include (1):

  • Do not trespass on the tracks or any other forbidden areas.
  • Always inform the staff of your presence.
  • Avoid taking pictures of security-related elements such as fencing or CCTV cameras.
  • Flash photography is not allowed in most circumstances.
  • Do not wear brightly coloured garments such as those displayed by on-site staff members.

You can always visit the official Network Rail page to learn more about these requirements.

Following the Advice of Staff Members

Remember that you are considered to be a guest at any station. Whether you are a fan of vintage trains or you are hoping to capture the latest Class 807 series, always adhere to their instructions. For instance, you may be asked to move to a different area for a specific reason (such as safety hazards). If you happen to also be travelling by train, you might also be asked to remain within areas solely designated for passengers.

Some stations could stipulate specific provisions that likewise must be followed. For instance, tripods are not always permitted. Privacy issues might also raise concerns, as not every passenger desires to be photographed. In the event of any confusion or should you have additional questions, always make it a point to speak with an official staff member. Photographing trains can be a great deal of fun and it is also a relaxing pastime. Still, let’s keep in mind that it is also a privilege.

Now that we have covered the basics, would you like to learn more about how to photograph the trains themselves? If so, please get in touch with Jonathan at Piers Photography. Much-needed advice is only moments away!