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Rail Cameramen: An exhibition by the Rail Camera Club at Locomotion

Rail Cameramen, an exciting new exhibition featuring the photographic artistry of many of the UK’s leading railway photographers, will be on show at Locomotion from 20 January to 4 March 2018.

The exhibition is by members of the Rail Camera Club, who have been familiar figures at the lineside for many years. The display features images from 36 RCC members, including material from past members such as WJV ‘Bill’ Anderson and Eric Treacy. 

Some original Eric Treacy prints will be displayed, in addition to his cameras. Some very early images from the Science Museum Group archive and the Paul Getty Collection will also be on view.

The Rail Camera Club had its origins in the prestigious Railway Photographic Society, which Maurice W Early formed in 1922 and continued until 1976 when ‘MWE’, its Secretary throughout its 54 years, decided to ‘retire’. 

Membership of the Railway Photographic Society was by invitation only, and over the years, virtually all the top railway photographers were members.

As a result of the circulation of ‘boxes’ of prints for fellow members to see and comment on, the standard of railway photography improved significantly.

In 1976, Stephen Crook, the respected Carlisle-based photographer, decided that the RPS should be resurrected under the guise of the Rail Camera Club. Several ex-RPS members were interested, and once again ‘boxes’ of pictures of railway subjects began circulating.

Although the age of digital photography really took off in the mid-1970s, RCC members favoured the opportunity of taking time to examine and comment on colleagues’ prints in details – and two Folio Boxes, packed with pictures, were circulated about six months’ apart, a practice that continues.

The 100th RCC Folio began circulating in December 2017 – and this exhibition at Locomotion is one of the activities which commemorate this milestone.

The exhibition opens at Locomotion at 2pm on Saturday January 20, 2018, when many of the RCC guests and other distinguished guests will be present. The 128-page hardback book “Rail Cameramen” published by Silver Link Publishing which features not only all the images in the exhibition, but many others too will also be launched.

A number of associated events and activities linking in with the exhibition will be available at Locomotion during the display period – information will be listed on

The exhibition is sponsored by Hitachi Rail Europe; Bachman Europe plc; the Bluefin Group; the Railway Magazine; and the Bahamas Locomotive Society.

Locomotion, in Shildon, County Durham, is open daily from 10am to 4pm (excluding December 24, 25, 26 and January 1) and parking and admission are free. For more information, please contact Locomotion on 01904 685780.



About Locomotion

  • Locomotion offers visitors the chance to see highlights of the national collection of railway vehicles in Shildon, the world’s first railway town.
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  • Locomotion is a partnership between the Science Museum Group and Durham County Council, which is a major funder of the museum.
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Pam Porter, Events Officer

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