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Photos for TRACKS

In order to provide up to date information to members in TRACKS we constantly need photos of the current railway scene, topical issues, new liveries, unusual movements plus often just quality shots of the mundane everyday normal activity. You never know when that activity suddenly ceases. Photos of infrastructure changes are particularly welcome and the current phasing out of signal boxes is an example, where if the current scene taken for granted is not recorded then in a few years it will all be gone. See Signal Box Appeal.

What are acceptable photos ?
We will consider all photos of any railway subject primarily within the UK or the wider world if as part of a GLOBETROTTERS report. The photos must be your own work and we will not accept photos where you do not hold the copyright. We will not normally accept photos that have been manipulated or altered and you should advise us when submitting your photos if any alterations have been made to the original image.

How to submit photos for inclusion in TRACKS:
Photos can either be sent via email or if a large quantity via Dropbox or ideally WeTransfer to Trevor Roots at editor@intercityrailwaysociety.org These later file transfer methods are far quicker these days than the traditional method via a CD-ROM, memory card or memory stick, though if you need to then do so to Trevor Roots, Mill of Botary, Cairnie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 4UD.

Good quality photographs are always welcome, preferably high res jpeg digital photographs via email (not compressed / thumbnails or photoshopped please). With regards to submitting photos can you please provide all details, subject, location, times, working if known and your name in the body of the email not the subject header. If you use a smart phone then make sure you include your name !! It would also really help the editing process by giving the photos a descriptive file name rather than just a number allocated by your camera. Many already do it but it takes far too long to add file names before they can then be edited. You may ask why bother, but without details they can’t be filed and then easily found when inserting into the magazines, or for future reference. Note several photos may be received from different members with the same file nos. eg 001, DSC_001, IMG_001, image1.

Here is an example of a standard file name: 37218 on 6G94 Crewe Basford Hall - Bescot, Stafford (13.01) 08.06.22. If you supply more than one of the same subject with the same time/date then add (1) (2) etc at the end as with the following example: 90029 + 90039 on Mossend - Daventry, Stafford (13.18) 21.07.22 (2). Note the + sign is used for double heading etc. If it is a top and tail situation then just use t&t eg. 59005 t&t 66589 on Wembley - Merehead, Reading (14.02) 10.08.22 or 37421 t&t DBSO 9702 on 5Z63 Bristol Kingsland Road - Derby RTC, Swindon (13.23) 19.06.22 When adding the particular diagram / working please be succinct, no extra words. If not added in the caption, then please include in the email or when submitting a report. If you want to add a number in front of the caption which corresponds to a fuller description in an email or report then that is fine, eg 1. 66009 .... For photos of steam locos please add the wheel arrangement before the number eg. 4-6-0 44871 ... or 0-6-0ST 4612 ... Please stick to the style of the examples, no extra dots, dashes or other symbols which then have to be removed.

For several low-res photos or 3 or 4 hi-res photos, one email is fine, but more than that it's a pain with you sending multiple emails and me downloading them (trying and failing sometimes !!). So another way of saving both me and you time regarding emailed photos is for those that send me bulk photos to use WeTransfer by far the easiest, or Dropbox allowing you to send multiple photos in one folder and for me to download in one go. Creating an account is quick and free. Please send photos in a single folder not separately or it is worse than emailing them. With Dropbox once I have downloaded the photos the folder is deleted to free up space.

Please send all photos as originally taken (highest resolution), do not compress and please provide full details: stock numbers, working, date, time and location and your name, especially from smart phones !!!

Please attach photos with your email, NOT in the body of the text as that makes the email annoyingly hard to work with

Will you accept prints ?
Although we prefer to have all photos submitted by email we will accept colour or black and white prints but please only send those with clear detail, as deep shadow around the bogies in particular cannot be altered after scanning unlike a digital photo. Please include full contact details with any submissions, including your first name. Please send an SAE if you wish them returned though ICRS cannot accept any responsibility for prints damaged or lost in the post.

How and when will photos be published to the website ?
Currently no uploading of photos can be done to our Flickr site due to lack of time.

Do I have to be a member of ICRS ?
Yes, we will only accept contributions from members. As we are all volunteers our time must be spent providing a service to our members alongside our excellent monthly magazine TRACKS and well respected spotting books. As membership is extremely good value why not JOIN.

If I submit photos will you provide a link to my website ?
We try to provide a comprehensive list of links to all good railway related websites and this includes photo galleries. If you would like us to link to your website please provide the web address and we will consider this and if deemed suitable, the link will be added to the Links page.

I have a question that is not answered by the above
Please email Trevor Roots at editor@intercityrailwaysociety.org if you have any further questions.

Return of submitted images.
We will return discs, other media and prints if requested provided sufficient postage and suitable packaging for their return is included with your submission. ICRS cannot accept any responsibility for images or media damaged or lost in the post.


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