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    Photographing Trains
    Caption: Photographing Trains
    Old Steam Engine
    Caption: Snapping a Steam Engine

    Capture memories to treasure forever!

    The thrill of capturing the perfect photograph, from the opportunistic lucky snap to the carefully composed shot that took hours, or even days of preparation, is something that we have all experienced at some point. Through our Photographic Experience courses we hope to give our visitors the opportunity of learning, improving or simply enjoying this vibrant art form in the beautiful surrounds of the Irwell Valley.

    Suitable for photographers of all abilities, from complete beginners to veterans, courses are closely led by expert tutors from our partners at North West Photography Courses. Make use of as much or as little support as you need to make the most out of your day with us.


    • Morning debriefing on the Platform, including a safety briefing and some basic hands on tuition tailored to the needs and ambitions of each attendee.
    • A light lunch provided during the day.
    • A heritage steam or diesel train ride for location shots where the focus will be photography of the trains, architecture and the local flora and fauna.
    • Train ride back to Bury for a unique behind the scenes visit to the locomotive sheds where you will have the opportunity to get up close to the engines and see the ongoing work needed to repair and maintain them.

    Dates and prices

    Date Price Per Person Book Now
    14 September £120 Book Now
    17 September £120 Book Now
    8 October £120 Book Now
    12 October £120 Book Now


    Attendees will need to bring their own camera with charged battery, a spare and plenty of memory card space. It is recommended that suitable outdoor clothing is worn, including appropriate footware for crossing rough ground. Course is not suitable for under 18s. Disabled access is available throughout though limited in some areas. If you have mobility concerns please contact the East Lancashire Railway prior to booking.

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    • East Lancashire Railway Photography Courses

    • More ways to book

      Pre-booking is essential and early booking is recommended. To make a booking simply select one of the following options:

      Telephone: 0333 320 2830
      (daily 9am - 9pm)

      Pop into our Information Office
      Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, BL9 0EY (daily 10am - 4pm)

      See our Terms and Conditions. Online booking fees apply. Payment can be made by credit or debit card or cash. Cash payments can be made at Bury Bolton Street Station only.

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