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The best stations for trainspotting in the UK

Train enthusiasts rejoice! We’ve found the best train stations in the UK to help you get your trainspotting fix. From modern locomotives to old-fashioned steam trains, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re wondering how to get there, may we suggest jumping on the train? When you book train tickets through you can save an average of 51% on the price of your tickets. Happy travelling.

Train stations for trainspotting
Train stations for trainspotting

York Train Station

A mere stone’s throw away from the National Railway Museum, it’s no surprise that York railway station is a favourite amongst trainspotters. Thanks to the sheer number of trains that pass through the station on a daily basis, it’s a great place to settle down if you’re on the lookout for more modern locomotives.

Clapham Junction Train Station

Much like York, Clapham Junction is no stranger to modern trains. Trainspotters hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the southern region’s suburban trains need to head to Clapham Junction. Known for being one of the busiest stations for passing trains, plus depot-sidings nearby, you won’t leave disappointed.

Middleton Train Station

The world’s oldest working railway, found in a Leeds suburb, was found in 1758 and is now run entirely by volunteers. Operating at weekends and on public holidays, it’s the perfect place to get up close and personal with an old steam train alongside the charming Yorkshire countryside.

Bo’ness Train Station

Welcoming over 60,000 visitors a year, the Bo’ness and Kinneil line lies along an attractive Scottish shoreline. It’s known for its historic steam and heritage diesel trains which you’re more than welcome to board should you wish. It’s not too far from Scotland’s largest railway museum, where you can experience operating railway signals and points too.

The Bluebell Railway

One of the most famous heritage steam railway attractions in the country, the Bluebell Railway in Sussex is a favourite amongst steam train enthusiasts. Boasting over 30 steam trains, it’s not hard to see why. The railway showcase only the finest collection of vintage locomotives and carriages and stretches 11 miles along the border between West and East Sussex.

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