Trainspotting

Discover the adventure, mischief and drama of trainspotting, through a fascinating season exploring the much misunderstood hobby.


Parallel Tracks

Our commission by acclaimed artist Andrew Cross presents the experience and method of trainspotting in a new way. Andrew's film explores the anticipation of train watching across a number of international locations.

Spotter Stories

We asked you to get in touch with your spotter stories and received some wonderful tales. Browse a selection of them here and feel the adventure, thrill and mischief of the spotting pastime.

Love Me Tender

We have commissioned world-class poet Ian McMillan to write a trainspotting poem specially for our season. Read 'Love Me Tender' or view a creative film of Ian reading his poem.

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.

Curator finds

Want to know a bit more about the history of trainpotting? Browse our timeline, or come along and attend one of our curator short talks in the museum.

Locos in a different light

Your chance to see our collection after dark using some of our Spotter Stories as inspiration. Part of Illuminating York 2014.

Background: Notebook 1967, Trevor Ermel