We have partnered with the famous East Lancashire Railway in Bury to offer unique steam train photography days (covering diesel engines as well). To book your place visit the booking page at the East Lancs Railway CLICK HERE
Our new video explains what the day entails
We go behind the scenes to areas not usually open to the public to see the engineering teams hard at work repairing and maintaining the magnificent collection of engines and carriages, as well out on the trains to stations and settings which will fire the imagination.
The steam train photography day is suitable for photographers of all abilities and the small group size means that there is plenty of opportunity for one to one tuition on exactly what you want from your photographs of steam and diesel trains.
The day is not a structured course in the traditional sense as we may have novices alongside very experienced photographers. but your tutor is a highly experienced professional tutor, able to spend time with you to develop your technique.
We begin at the ELR main station in Bury with a safety briefing and then we begin in earnest, developing your technique on subjects around the platforms and out on the network as we travel up to Rawtenstall, stopping off at vantage point close to Irwell Valley station to capture engines in full steam with a scenic background.
After a quick lunch in the station buffet (included in the price) we go ‘behind the curtain’ to let you into areas the public cannot see and we spend a good amount of time with the maintenance teams at work on the engines, getting up close to the trains and providing you with priceless opportunities to take photographs of the trains and the historic workshops.
Subject to the schedule on the day we will also take you into the largest working heritage signal biox in the UK.
The final part of the day is returning to our classroom on the platform where we can review our work and ask those final few questions before the day ends – perhaps with a visit to the Trackside bar.
The course begins at 08:30 with arrival at Bury and ends at about 16.00
There are two ways to book for your photographic experience course:
- Book online on LINK (scroll to the bottom of the page to select the date you want)
- Call the booking office 0161 764 7790 (lines open daily, 10am – 4pm)
What to bring on our steam train photography days
- Bring your own camera, fully charged battery with a spare and plenty of memory card space. Tripod and flash not essential.
- Due to the nature of the East Lancashire Railway and the surrounding landscape, suitable outdoor clothing for being outside for several hours is essential. This especially includes appropriate footwear for walking over uneven and wet tracks and pathways. Not being properly dressed may mean that you are unable to join the course so please err on the side of caution.
- Disabled access is available in the areas open to the public though the nature of the track, engine sheds and signal box means that disabled access is not practical in these areas. If you have mobility concerns please contact the East Lancashire Railway on 0161 764 7790 before booking.
- Course is not suitable for under 18s
- You will receive (and be asked to indicate that you fully understand) a safety briefing as you will be on a working railway and visiting industrial facilities.
- You will be asked to keep a close eye on time during our time on the network, so it is important that you have a watch or phone with you to keep to the timetable to avoid missing any trains which would disrupt the course for others.