Lineside Access

The GCR operates a lineside photography permit system. Without a permit, you are not permitted to access the GCR lineside.

Please note that we are not accepting new applications for Lineside Permits.

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.

Download the latest safety briefing for Lineside Photographers here (updated November 2017).

Permit holders will have received 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.

Drones
The use of unmanned aircraft (aka drones) in the vicinity of the Railway is not permitted.

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