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You can upload a photograph of yourself to your profile to help other members of your railway recognise you.

Select 'My User Details' from the 'System' menu and then click '[Edit]'.

Scroll down to almost the bottom of the page and there will be an option to upload a new photograph.

*Please note not all railways allow users to edit their own details. Should you find that the '[Edit]' button is not displayed, contact your Railway HOPS Administrator.
The purpose of uploading photos to HOPS is to enable 'putting a face to a name', which is so often a problem on heritage railways.

Passport-style photos are best, just showing head and shoulders. Photos of you under a loco or with a welding mask on might well say more about your personality, but it doesn't help people identify you, especially in a community where everyone's interests are the same! So sensible mug shots here, expressions of your personality on Facebook, please!

The ability to upload photos comes with a responsibility. You must not upload anything:
- for which you do not own the copyright (or have the copyright holder's permission);
- commercially damaging;
- clearly not for the purpose of identifying you to other members of your railway;
- deliberate advertising;
- offensive;
- pornographic.

In most cases, newly uploaded photos won't be displayed on the site until they are accepted by an administrator.
Example of a good profile picture, clearly shows your face in a recognisable way.
Example of a good profile picture, clearly shows your face in a recognisable way.
Example of a good profile picture, clearly shows your face in a recognisable way.
Example of a not very good profile picture, shows something that isn't you. You do have a nice car though.
Example of a not very good profile picture, shows your cat. We love cats too, especially railway cats, but this won't help your colleagues know who you are!
Example of a not very good profile picture, shows you very small in a photo of a steam locomotive or something else. It is supposed to be a photo OF YOU, not a photo that you just happen to be in. Will CoT steam again...?


HOPS is continually being developed and updated. Sometimes the screen shots in these help files might lag behind the most up-to-date views of the screens. Generally, however, the functionality of the page will be the same, albeit with a slightly different format or layout.

Thank you very much indeed to Emma Patrick for writing these support pages.