1. A Winter's night in the shed at Didcot Railway Centre, Saturday 16th March 2019
Didcot Parkway Station, Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NJ

A Winter's night in the shed at Didcot Railway Centre, Saturday 16th March 2019

Unlike our normal visits to Didcot Railway Centre this foray will see us not venture outside. It's going to be cold, steamy and full of atmosphere.


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About this event

With these events still in high demand and always an outstanding success with huge amounts of atmosphere and images created to die for we are returning to the shed once again! So come and join us to capture the very essence of what this former GWR shed after dark has to offer.

Our evening starting at around 17.30 will see us concentrate exclusively in the main shed, this time using Burton Agnus Hall as our main focus and to provide the main stay of atmosphere but closely accompanied by smoke & steam machines, period dressed loco crews, cleaners, fitters and a works foremen. We plan to finish around 22.00 which we feel will give everyone plenty of time in a relaxed way to fully capture all the scenes on offer.

The shed has stood on the site for around a hundred years and during itís time has seen many residents from the Great Western Railway to British Railway before passing into the ownership of the current custodians, the Great Western Society. During its time little has changed and to this day it still holds so much of its original fixtures and fittings. The shed is not only a Mecca for railway enthusiasts but is also a huge draw for any photographer that wants to record history and make images that will impress and push the boundaries of any industrial scene.

We plan to set up a number of cameoís around the shed with different engines being used as the backdrop to our evenings photography. Some of these include a Castle, Manor, Hall and 4144, all locoís synonymous with the Western Region in the 50ís & 60ís. The shed has 4 roads that will have different opportunities to capture throughout the evening just as they would have done in the 1950ís & 60ís. We plan to backlight many of our scenes to evoke, stimulate and enhance a cold winters night on shed.

This event is going to be limited to 25 photographers so ensure comfortable surroundings and easy use of tripods. We therefore recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, given how popular previous events at the Centre have been.

Event cost £65.00 per person. 




Lenses- suggest bringing lens lengths between 16-200mm

Spare batteries

Memory cards


Photography Knowledge:

Basic to Advanced 

Fitness Level:

Low - Medium



Appropriate outdoor clothing and walking shoes, torch may be useful


Images courtesy of Andrew Shapland and Peter Zabek.                

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