Trainspotting

    Discover the adventure, mischief and drama of trainspotting, through a fascinating season exploring the much misunderstood hobby. Starting 26 September 2014.


    The first spotter?

    Press feature - who was the first spotter?

    Research undertaken by our curator Bob Gywnne has discovered that the stereotyped 'spotter' couldn't be further from the origins of the much misunderstood hobby.

    Find out more | View BBC's coverage



    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. He is also presenting archival material to reveal how trainspotting has become a personal way of mapping time, place and memory.

    Trainspotting Trail

    Get into the mind of a spotter with our terrific trainspotting trail guaranteed to entertain families.


    Spotter Stories

    Discover our Spotter Stories, curated and annotated by world-class poet Ian McMillan on display around our museum. Learn about the camararderie, mischief and adventure of a childhood spent travelling the tracks and sneaking around stations in pursuit of locomotives. You can still submit your story here.

    Curator Talks

    2 Oct 2014 - 26 Feb 2015, 2pm

    Discover trainspotting tales inspired by our collection. Every Thursday only.


    October Half-Term Fun

    25 Oct–2 Nov 2014

    • Thrilling and adventurous live theatre performances
    • Hands-on fun with make-and-take craft activities
    • Getting up close to our locos with special cab access.


    Locos in a Different Light

    29 Oct–1 Nov 2014, 6.30pm–10pm

    See our fascinating Spotter Stories brought to life with amazing colour and lighting. A unique chance to see the locomotives linked to these tales from the tracks as you've never seen them before. Find out more.

    Photos on this page courtesy of Trevor Ermel.

    Background: Notebook 1967, Trevor Ermel