Riding the Rails

In February I found myself travelling by train down to Piccadilly station in London for the start of a 4-day shoot for the advertising agency Stonehaven. The shoot was for one of their clients, Great Western Railway and the aim was to travel by train to a number of the stations in the GWR area and photograph GWR staff, passengers and a few business owners along the network for use in an online promotional campaign by the rail operator.

The journey begin just before midnight as myself, Cameraman Alexander Thompson and from Stonehaven, Charlie Sussman met up on a platform at Paddington Station to board the Night Riviera sleeper train to Penzance.

Over the following days we headed from Penzance to Plymouth, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa and Mortimer and along with the railway staff and passengers we also met and photographed the owner of the open air swimming pool of Jubilee Lido in Penzance, the manager of Plymouth Docks, the owner of a small theatre clothing and prop supply company in Plymouth, the chef on the last running Pullman carriage in the country, the mayor of South West England and a chocolate maker!

Quite a varied trip to say the least but an interesting one. Below are some black and white edits of some the pictures I shot for the client and for myself along the way and the colour ones at the end are some of the more formal shots that formed part of the brief…


Images (c) Ian Forsyth 2018

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