The lineside of the Bluebell Railway is private property. Unauthorised access is not permitted, for the safety of all. If you wish to access the lineside for photographic purposes you may do so only if you hold a valid Bluebell Railway Photographer's Personal Track Safety (PTS) certificate and also comply with the Railway's rules and conditions. A certificate, valid for one year, is awarded after successful completion of a training session and assessment, including a satisfactory health declaration.
The cost for the Photographers' Personal Track Safety training session and assessment is £30.00 per person.
Separate arrangements for track-side working PTS are in place for staff who need to work lineside as part of their responsibilities on the railway.
Further Personal Track Safety training sessions for Lineside Photographers will be held at Sheffield Park on the following dates:
Saturday 26 January 2013
Friday 22 February 2013
Wednesday 24 April 2013
Saturday 18 May 2013
Tuesday 25 June 2013
Thursday 25 July 2013
Saturday 31 August 2013
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Saturday 19 October 2013
Tuesday 26 November 2013
The course runs from 10am to 1.30pm on each day.
Please note that there will not be a session in March, due to other activities and pressure on resources at the railway at that time.
To book a training session please contact the General Office
For further details, please email safety (at) bluebell-railway (dot) co (dot) uk
1. In places there are public footpaths near the line, and over bridges. These locations are freely available to all.
2. PTS from other railways is not sufficient, since some of the Bluebell's track safety rules are different from those on other lines and the national network, and the Bluebell Photographers' PTS does not permit access to the entire lineside or the tunnel. Thus the Bluebell-specific personal track safety training is a mandatory requirement.
3. Access to the lineside of any railway line without appropriate authority is criminal (not civil) trespass. Around 60 people per year are killed whilst trespassing on railway property in the UK.
4. You should not trespass on private property adjacent to the line.