PHOTOGRAPHS of tourist attractions are being used to promote train travel. The images, taken by members of Blythe Bridge Camera Club, have been used in a poster campaign at stations along the North Staffordshire line. Six posters have been created for stations along the Crewe-Derby route, showcasing attractions within walking distance of each stop. The photographs were commissioned by the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership and funded by East Midlands Trains.
Donna Adams, stakeholder and community rail manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “To have the option to work with a local group on this project has bought a wealth of local knowledge to the end product.
“Not only will they display the camera club’s photography, but it will also help to promote the wide variety of attractions along the North Staffordshire route.
“With them being in such close proximity to the railway stations they are easily accessible when travelling by train.”
The posters advertise different attractions that are easily accessible from the stations, with the message “Things to see when you go green” promoting the environmental benefits of rail travel.
Foxfield Railway will be featured on a poster at Blythe Bridge station, with Uttoxeter Racecourse chosen as the destination at Uttoxeter train station.
Longton station will sport a poster showcasing Gladstone Pottery Museum, while Westport Lake and Middleport Pottery will both feature at Longport Station.
Claire Sandys, community rail partnership officer, said: “There are so many wonderful attractions within easy walking distance of our stations; it makes sense to travel to them by train.
“We want to encourage people to top and tail their visits with a relaxing train ride through beautiful countryside and industrial heritage.
“Better for them and better for the environment. We are very grateful to Blythe Bridge Camera Club for their gorgeous photographs.”
The sixth poster will feature an appeal – More Volunteers Needed – and gives information on how to become a volunteer station adopter and join existing teams which look after the stations.
Blythe Bridge Station is looked after by a dedicated and hard working group of station adopters who plant, weed and water the flower baskets and beds, paint fences and walls and pick up litter. To find out more about the station adoption programme and to get involved with adopting a station along the North Staffordshire route visit: www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/stationadoption
Blythe Bridge Camera Club is a friendly and accommodating club and welcomes all abilities from the beginner to the more advanced photographer.
It meets every Monday evening at 7.45pm, from September to April. Meetings are held at Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook Village Hall, and club treasurer, Alan Lovatt, said: “We were delighted to be given the opportunity to display our photography in a public space especially as that public space is Blythe Bridge Station as that is where our club originally held its meetings at Cyril Bradshaws Hairdressing Salon in the 1950s.
“It has been a pleasure to visit or revisit some of our local attractions in order to take the photographs. We were spoilt for choice.”
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