The first train-spotter?

Here’s an article from the BBC website to warm the heart of every gricer whoever stood on the end of a cold, windy platform…..

Was this image drawn by the first member of an exclusive and much misunderstood club? Back in September 1825, Jonathan Backhouse watched the inaugural journey of the Stockton to Darlington railway.

The resulting letter he wrote to his sisters was filled with such enthusiasm, that it could be said to be the earliest documented evidence of trainspotting.

The letter is on show, along with dozens of other photos, in a new trainspotting season at the National Railway Museum, York.

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