About this Web Site - Rails and Buffer Stops

I have had a passion for taking photographs for many years, but it really started in earnest when I attended Lewes Camera Club during my late twenties. After a few weeks I felt that maybe I should join in the club activities and show off my amateurish efforts, for I was never one to shy away from ridicule and humiliation that the visiting club judges could handout.

Taking photographs of heritage railways began as a day out at the Bluebell Railway with my then two year old son, our first of two boys. On reflection I was taken aback by the fact that I had a historic time capsule just a few miles from where I live. The Bluebell Railway satisfies many of my personal interests, I enjoy history, the 'industrial age' and the walking in the countryside that comes with the ownership of a Bluebell line-side photographic pass.

As I progressed with my photography and this site I have become interested in the local railways especially the London Brighton & South Coast Railway and Southern Railways. Viewing local maps it is easy to trace the routes they once took meandering though the countryside passing villages that once relied on the railways existence to provide employment, transport and fresh produce. Alas those bustling days have disappeared leaving behind a wealth of history to enjoy and savor.

I have had enormous pleasure taking the photographs that appear on this website, and I hope you enjoy scrolling through the pages. I aim to update the pages fairly regularly and add new links to allow you to see photographs from other areas of interest in my life.


Paul Pettitt