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Photographic Archive

Photographic Archive

Advance Warning - Move to Zenfolio

Next year the way prints are sold from the Photographic Archive will change. Sales will be made through Zenfolio, in a variety of sizes, at prices starting from £2.00 for a 6" x 4" print (plus postage and packing). There will be no minimum order.

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The Society has a collection of images dating from pre-WW2 to the present day. The images, which are mainly the work of late members, are arranged in thirteen lists shown below. These lists are available in Adobe Acrobat format as a download or you can use the search function on this website to select individual images. The full set of lists covers upwards of 55,000 images. Copies of the images can be ordered as digital prints or .jpg files. You can order digital prints or .jpg files online using the search function. Enter all or part of the loco number and/or location into the box above and click "search".

   Cl 9F No. 92249 on an up goods near Shap Summit   Edwin Cowper
   The South African Railways Blue Train hauled by a matching pair of electric locos in 1982   David Caldwell


List 1ASteam locomotives (BR & Miscellaneous Companies)browse steam
List 1BSteam locomotives (GWR & Constituent Companies)
List 1CSteam locomotives (LMSR & Constituent Companies)
List 1DSteam locomotives (LNER & Constituent Companies)
List 1ESteam locomotives (SR & Constituent Companies)
List 2Diesel locomotives, DMUs & Gas Turbine Locomotivesbrowse diesels
List 3Electric locomotives, EMUs & Tramsbrowse electrics
List 4Coaching stockbrowse coaches
List 5Rolling stock (other than coaches)browse rolling stock
List 6Buildings & Infrastructure (including signalling)browse buildings
List 7Industrial and Light Railwaysbrowse industrial
List 8Overseas railwaysbrowse overseas
List 9Miscellaneous Items & Road Vehicles (including Trolleybuses)browse miscellaneous

You can search these lists online by typing some text into the search box at the top of this page and clicking "search". The results of the search will display applicable image details and thumbnail images (if available).

The list of contributing photographers is here.

Ordering prints/images via the website

To order prints or electronic images via the website use the search facility to find the prints you want and click the “Buy Now” button to add each in turn to your shopping cart. When you have finished, you will need to select how you want the prints to be delivered, then click “Go to payments” and then you will be prompted to enter your details, then taken to the PayPal site to enter your Credit Card details. You do not need to have a PayPal account.

Ordering prints/images via Royal Mail

Photos are priced at £ 1.25 per print (postcard, 5.5” x 3.5” approx) inclusive of VAT.

Please use the Order Form

Orders should be for a minimum of 5 prints (postcard, 5 1/2” x 3 1/2” approx), either as 1 copy of 5 different images or multiple copies of 1 or more images totaling a minimum of 5 prints. Please use the order form and list the required images by image number with a brief description e.g.:

     PUL3239 Pullman car 71
     RPP181 Loco 1341

Hard copy orders should be sent to :

"Bay View"
15 Cat Tree Road
LA11 7EB

Please allow 28 days for delivery.

Electronic Orders

All electronic orders should be emailed to the Photo Archive at photoarchive@rcts.org.uk. Please order by negative number with a brief description as shown above. Prices as quoted above for hard copy orders. Images will be scanned at 300dpi and at an image size equivalent to a postcard. i.e. 6" x 4" (15cm x 10cm approximately).


Digital images may be delivered by email (50p per 20 images or part thereof) OR on DVD (£3.50 in P&P).

eg 19 images - delivery by email = £0.50, 26 images delivery by email = £1.00, 65 images delivery by email £2.00.

Payment details (i.e. mail address) will be supplied by email. Cheques, money orders or postal orders (not cash) should be made payable to the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (in full). Please allow 21 days for delivery.

   Cl 2301 (Dean Goods) No. 2549 at Didcot c 1937-39   Les J Hallett
   Cl 41 No. D602 'Bulldog' at Swindon Works c 1962   M J Burnett

POSTAGE RATES effective January 2017 (including packing)

UK, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands

£1.15 per order irrespective of size.

Europe including Ireland (airmail)

1-10 prints £ 2.60; 11-50 prints £ 3.50; 51-100 prints £ 5.20

Worldwide (airmail)

1-10 prints £ 3.30; 11-50 prints £ 5.50; 51-100 prints £ 8.00

Payment must accompany each order. Cheques, money orders or postal orders (not cash) payable to the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (in full). Please allow 28 days for delivery.

last updated: 13/03/17