Lineside photographic passes

Steam TrainIf you are a photographer, aged 18 or over, you are welcome to take photographs from the lineside provided that you hold a current annual lineside photography pass.  The railway regrets that for reasons of safety management we no longer issue day passes .


Annual lineside passes are valid from date of issue until 31st January of the following year and cost £75 for non-members and £50 for members of the railway.  Passes can be applied for in advance of the start of the year concerned, up until February 28th of that year.  In order to qualify for a lineside photography pass you must attend a safety briefing at the railway once every three years.


You will notice that it is cheaper to join the railway and buy a members pass.  Membership also brings other benefits; such as one free journey per year, the railway’s magazine and the ability to volunteer is you so wish.


For details of GWR Trust membership please click here.


In order to obtain a lineside photography pass you initially need to download and complete an application form.  On that form you must select one from a number of dates, on which you will be available to attend the railway for a safety briefing.  At this briefing you will be given training in Personal Track Safety (PTS), instruction on where you may and may not photograph and other safety rules for lineside photography.  Once you have successfully completed this briefing you will be presented with and sign for:

  • an instruction sheet detailing where you may or may not photograph on the railway
  • a list of rules for lineside photography
  • a copy of the railway’s PTS (Personal Track Safety) booklet
  • a photography pass card
  • an orange high visibility tabard (printed with the words GWSR Photographer and the year for which it is valid)

If you have attended a safety briefing in the previous two years then you do not need to attend this time.  Simply put the date of your safety briefing on your application form, send it in with payment and your 2018 vest and additional instructions will be sent back to you by return.


Click here to download an application form.


Pass applications for 2019 will be accepted from 1st December 2018.