Family fun

Get into the mind of a trainspotter with our terrific trainspotting trail, guaranteed to entertain the whole family. We also have some great half-term activities on a spotting theme.


half-term activities at the National Railway Museum

Can you be a Super Spotter this half-term?

Trainspotters had all sorts of adventures with their friends. They travelled to new and exciting places all over Britain to see different locomotives. Every trainspotter carried a notebook. They always wrote down locomotive numbers so they could remember what they had seen.

Have a go at trainspotting with our museum trails and see what you discover.

Every Super Spotter gets a Super Spotter badge. There is a trail and a badge to collect in both Great Hall and Station Hall.

During the school holidays experience first-hand the mischief, drama and anticipation of travelling the tracks and sneaking around stations with our half-term family activities:

Platform 4 activities activities at the National Railway Museum

Enjoy a series of specially commissioned theatrical sketches that cast you into the role of an adventurous sixties school age spotter. Interact with a range of characters from a British Transport Policeman trying to deal with persistent 'shed bashers' to a well-to-do lady traveller reminiscing as to how the hobby developed after the age of steam.

Towards the end of the half-term week enjoy a selection of the best 'spotter stories' brought to life in the Great Hall with amazing colour and lighting as our Locos In A Different Light event returns.

Our Steam Rides will also be running in the South Yard.

Half term activities at the National Railway Museum

Get involved from home

Ever fancied naming your own loco? Download our editable nameplate and put your name in then make it really yours by printing it off and colouring it in.


* There is a small charge for our Trainspotting Trail.

Background: Notebook 1967, Trevor Ermel