Last Sunday we went to Euston Station to collect my sister who was coming down from Scotland. I had my camera and thought a couple of shots of the platform would be quite cool. I also intended to grab a couple of my sister as she got off the train.
I walked down to the platform and started to shoot (high ISO, no flash) Within 5 minutes a man in railtrack uniform approached me and told me that photography was banned on the rail network.
I replaced my lens cap, told him I didn't know ... and then asked him who he was and why there were no signs saying so, I also asked if he could point me towards the station bylaws so I could check.
(This conversation is kinda abridged, but you'll get the idea)
Him - "I'm the station manager and I'm telling you to not take photos"
Me- "All I want is to see the bylaws to see where it is written"
hiim - "If you don't stop I will call the police and have you removed"
Me - "I have stopped, but where does it say that it is banned?"
At this he started waving his arms at me and brought his face right up to me.
Him - "Just fuck off with your attitude or I will remove you myself"
Me - "Excuse me? Are you threatening to assault me?"
At this he got on his radio and signalled for help
Him - "I am with him now and he is refusing to stop taking photos"
Me - "But I have stopped."
Him - "You are telling me that you will not stop"
Me - "No, I am just asking you to clarify the station bylaws - Anyway, have you got any ID, I want your name?
Him - "Are you my friend? Why do you want my name. You are being abusive now get out of here."
Me - "I'm going to make a complaint against your threatening behaviour."
Him - "It is you who is being threatening" (he was shouting at me, I was being quiet)
He turned round and walked off. I decided to leave it; We were meeting my sister and the last thing I wanted was to get dragged off the station by some jumped up jobsworth.
Anyway, When we got home I did a search for the rail network bylaws.
This is what I found.
Quote from National Rail Enquiries
Taking photographs on stations is permitted providing it is for personal use. For any commercial photography, prior permission must be sought from the appropriate train operator or, from Network Rail at their 17 major stations. On busy stations the use of a tripod may cause a dangerous obstruction to passengers and you may be asked not to use one. In addition, tripod legs must also be kept away from platform edges and behind the yellow lines. Flash photography on platforms is not allowed as it may distract the attention of train drivers and train despatch staff and is therefore a potential safety hazard. You are also not allowed to take photographs of security related equipment such as CCTV cameras."
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You can take photographs at stations provided you do not sell them. However, you are not allowed to take photographs of security related equipment, such as CCTV cameras.
Flash photography on platforms is not allowed at any time. It can distract train drivers & train despatch staff and so is potentially very dangerous.
Tripod legs must be kept away from platform edges and behind the yellow lines. On busy stations, you may not be allowed to use a tripod because it could be a dangerous obstruction to passengers.
Like I said, I wasn't using flash, I did not have my tripod and I did not snap any security equipment.
I've emailed a complaint and so far heard nothing, that was just under a week ago.
Oh and these are my dangerous security risk photos