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08 February, 2024 ( 18:00 - 22:30 UK time) - Didcot

Experience Day: Portraits - Steam Trains Didcot


Nikon School are excited to host an evening in the presence of former railway giants. This event comes with huge amounts of atmosphere and the opportunity to create images to die for! Come and join us to capture the very essence of what this former GWR shed after dark has to offer.

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Experience Day: Portraits - Steam Trains Didcot - Didcot
08 February, 2024
( 18:00 - 22:30 UK time)

Course Contents

Our evening starting at around 18.00 will see us concentrate exclusively in the main shed, with its array of former Great Western Railway Steam Engines, the mainstay of the western region. The atmosphere will come courtesy of smoke & steam machines, period dressed loco crews,cleaners, fitters and a works foremen., all adding to the scenes and recreating a wonderful shooting environment harking back to a bygone era.

We plan to finish around 22.30 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 it’s 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 cameo’s around the shed with different engines being used as the backdrop to our evenings photography. Some of these include a Castle, Manor, and a Hall, all Loco’s synonymous with the Western Region in the 50’s & 60’s. The shed has 4 roads that will have different opportunities to capture throughout the evening just as they would have done in the 1950’s & 60’s. We plan to backlight many of our scenes to evoke, stimulate and enhance what is bound to be a cold winters night on shed.

If you would like to borrow any kit for this course please get in contact with us at [email protected] with your request and we will do our best to bring it along.

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Course Requirements


  • Nikon DSLR
  • Lens(es)
  • Memory card
  • Spare Battery
  • Tripod

Other Essential

  • Warm and wet weather clothing
  • Appropriate walking shoes
  • Torch


Knowledge of:

  • Understanding of Shutter speed, ISO and Aperture.

Activity / fitness
level involved

Low level activity


Course Location

Didcot Railway Centre,
Didcot Parkway Station, Station Rd,
Didcot ,
OX11 7NJ


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