Trainspotting brought to life

Super train spotter Elizabeth Stockton at the National Railway Museum in York
Super train spotter Elizabeth Stockton at the National Railway Museum in York
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Three-year-old Elizabeth Stockton jumped on board her very own trainspotting adventure at the National Railway Museum this week.

The youngster from Wheldrake, York, earned a limited edition Super Spotter badge by completing the Trainspotting Trail with the help of mum Melanie.

As part of the York-based attraction’s trainspotting season which runs until March, next week visitors of all ages can learn about the much misunderstood hobby through a range of family activities. The thrill of visiting distant sheds, ‘cabbing’ engines and capturing those elusive, all-important loco numbers will be brought to life. Half-term activities run from October 25 to November 2.

Kirsten Berry, the museum’s learning manager, said: “We hope our family visitors enjoy becoming Super Spotters as much as Elizabeth and her mum. We are trying to dismiss the negative stereotypes that evolved once this great national hobby fell out of fashion.”