Railway Photography is more than just Trains

Railway Photography is more than just Trains

When you tell someone that your hobby is railway photography I bet that they think you only photograph trains. Some photographers may only just do that but I expect that most also include photographs from the following list in their collection.

Stations

Signal Box

Depot/Yard

Signals

Railway Workers/Staff

Viaduct/Bridge

and more!

In my railway photography collection I have thousands of train photos but I also have a lot that do not include a train in them. The reason I do this is because over the years a lot of things can change. It may be a little or major change, but whatever it is, it is worth taking a photo of it. This can happen on both heritage and the mainline railway.

I would suggest that when you have the spare time go out to your local train station and take some photographs of everything there. Then in 10 years time when you view those photos again you will probably say to yourself, “blimey look how different it is today”.

If you are a young trainspotter and have a camera then you should definitely have a go at doing this. That way you could look back at your photos in 40 or 50 years time and see how different everything is.

You could even make your own website called something like ‘Plymouth Station Then and Now’. I am pretty sure something like that will draw a lot of railway enthusiasts and local people in to the website.

Here are two examples of mine:

I took this photograph back in 1991 at Staverton on the South Devon Railway.

Athelney signal box

The Athelney signal box was originally based at Athelney in Somerset before being transported to Staverton on the South Devon Railway in 1991.

What it looks like today……

Bishop’s Bridge signal box

Today it is the beautiful looking Bishop’s Bridge signal box at Staverton on the South Devon Railway.

This photo shows the footbridge over the mainline at Totnes station in 2017.

Footbridge at Totnes Station

In the Summer of 2018 a new footbridge had been put up in a different location at the station.

New Footbridge at Totnes Station

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