Trainspotting is a widely established and popular Hobby!
It is practised by many railway enthusiasts and of course there are variations as to procedures, but in essence, they like to note the model numbers of as many different trains on their network as is possible.
Each engine has a model number and the trainspotter makes a note of where they saw the train, which date and on what line. Some enthusiasts like to stick to one particular rail company whilst others may focus on different types of engines for example.
Memorabilia is also an important factor for those who enjoy this hobby and there is much associated with Trainspotting in the form of tickets, schedules and even some pieces of equipment can be collected.
One of the joys of Trainspotting is that the whole family can become involved and enjoy days out on the train to various different locations to view different models. Equally the hobby can be enjoyed in a solitary aspect although because there are so many others who equally enjoy visiting various stations to enable them to complete their tick list of different trains, it is easy to strike up a good rapport with others who experience a simple pleasure at being around trains.
There is a great deal of information available for those who are curious about trainspotting in general and this is fairly easy to source just by going into a good book shop and looking for books under a transportation heading. Also, much information is available on the internet at the click of a few buttons and having some basic information to start with, will help to make the hobby so much more enjoyable.
Most trainspotters carry a notebook, pen and sometimes a tape recorder so as to record details of any sightings. There are those more serious spotters who will also phone other like-minded individuals to tell them of specific trains.
Many enthusiasts also have an interest in photography as they can then record their sightings in a more visual and satisfying way and trains as a central subject can make for some quite dramatic photographs.