Great Cen­tral re­vokes line­side photo-passes

Steam Railway (UK) - - NEWS FOCUS -

The Great Cen­tral Rail­way has be­come the lat­est pre­served rail­way to ban line­side ac­cess to pho­tog­ra­phers.

In a let­ter cir­cu­lated to mem­bers in late Novem­ber, the GCR said: “In an ef­fort to min­imise risk, and be­cause of in­creas­ing pres­sure from var­i­ous bod­ies, in­clud­ing our in­sur­ers, we have re­viewed our pol­icy for al­low­ing line­side ac­cess for pho­tog­ra­phers. Our board and man­age­ment team have de­cided to re­scind this pol­icy, and as a re­sult we will be can­celling all pre­vi­ously is­sued line­side per­mits with ef­fect from Jan­uary 1 2019.”

Those with per­mits which are valid be­yond that date can ei­ther re­ceive a re­fund for the out­stand­ing amount, or donate it to the rail­way’s sup­port­ing char­ity, the David Clarke Rail­way Trust.

Other lines which have banned line­side passes in re­cent years in­clude the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire and West Som­er­set rail­ways.

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