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Phoenix Railway Photographic Circle

Est. 1970 - 71


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From its inception in the early 1970's, the Circle's aim has been to produce high-quality railway-themed photographs that didn't conform to the more usual front three-quarter views which were, and often still are, the mainstay of railway photography


Holidaymakers’ luggage is neatly laid out on the up platform at Bangor station, as 25.152 waits time with a train of empty parcels stock, August 1983

Wyn Hobson




Phoenix at Worcester Shrub Hill, capturing the new order, May 2018

Terry Callaghan

With membership spread over several countries, the online, members-only Critique Galleries bring members together in a virtual environment to appraise one another’s work. The online dimension supplements the long-established Print Boxes, which have stood the test of time in the digital age. In addition to this, the Circle produces a calendar each year, made up of a selection of the best images produced by members during the year. Various exhibitions have been held over the years, displaying members’ work and helping to engage with the wider public.


The main social event of the year is the Annual General Meeting, and members usually take advantage of the opportunity to get together beforehand and afterwards for a photography field-session. At the AGM, the winners of the Circle’s Photograph of the Year and Photographer of the Year competitions are announced. Occasional organised group visits, and workshops, sometimes hosted on-line via video link, complete the social side of the Circle.

Details of joining Phoenix are available on our Get In Touch page.

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A brand new Azuma train stands beneath the trainshed at York, April 2019

Dafydd Whyles


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