The GCR operates a lineside photography permit system. Permits are available to purchase for members of Friends of the Great Central Main Line who are aged 18 or over. Without a permit, you are not permitted to access the GCR lineside.
Holders must be in good health and have a good knowledge of trackside safety procedures. A health declaration must be signed and the safety knowledge is tested by means of a self-assessment form.
Railways can be dangerous places so adherence to all safety notices is essential. The GCR has a double track section and all lines, both single and double, are signalled for train movements in both directions.
Permit holders are responsible for their own safety and must not take actions or be in places that endanger themselves, others on the trackside or those on the passing trains. A safety video and the latest safety information are available through the links below. There are certain areas which are always out of bounds - and others may be notified from time to time. The GCR may sometimes temporarily withdraw access entirely depending on operating need.
Before exercising the privileges of the permit, holders must sign on at any open station. A book provided for the purpose will carry any relevant notices for the day.
Passes are only valid on normal operating days and are issued for a period of 12 months and (with effect from 1st October 2015) cost £45 for new applications and £35 for renewals. New applications are charged at a higher fee to cover the cost of a special numbered Hi-Vis vest.
Download a Lineside Permit application form now or pick one up from Loughborough Station Booking Office. The completed forms must be returned accompanied by a passport style photograph, the appropriate fee and proof of identity. Passes and a special Hi-Vis vest can then be collected from Loughborough Booking Office after two weeks. For enquiries about the scheme please contact the scheme co-ordinator / Friends membership officer on 01509 632338
Download the latest safety briefing for Lineside Photographers here (updated August 2016).
When you receive your lineside permit, you'll get a copy of our briefing DVD. You can also view it here. It lasts 15 minutes and its well worth refreshing your lineside knowledge regularly.