I was nine in 1959 when I was walking past the station in my home village of Barow on Soar, on the Midland Main Line, and saw a train rush through pulled by a diesel engine.
I was fascinated - I had only ever seen steam trains before and this was so new and exciting.
I really wanted to see another one so I started to go down to the station to watch trains.
It didn't take me long to realise the error of my ways and learn that it was the steam engines that were the really interesting ones, but I was by now hooked on trainspotting.
I bought my Ian Allen Combined Volume and over the next few years, as well as spotting at Barrow, I would bike over to the Great Central at Quorn to see the Immingham 'Brits' on the evening fish train, would travel to Rugby, Nuneaton and Crewe to see 'Semis' and 'Priggies', and to Peterborough to see 'Streaks'.
Added to that, I started grammar school in Leicester which meant travelling past Leicester Sheds every day and, before our morning train changed to a diesel railcar service, sometimes being pulled tender first by 'Royal Scot' which was shedded at Nottingham before it was withdrawn.
I did, of course, frequently get told by boys on my travels that girls didn't trainspot, which seemed a bit of a stupid comment, because trainspotting was patently what I was doing, but that's boys for you!
Anyway, the trainspotting bug has never really gone away.
I spent part of my first honeymoon in Finsbury Park Diesel Depot, and my second husband and I have been financial supporters for both the 'Tornado' and the new 'Prince of Wales' projects, and well as being Friends of the Great Central Railway.
We have made many forays into Europe by rail, and have visited railway museums in both Europe and the USA.
All that because of a chance glimpse of a train...
Liz’s story is one of 40 stories from around the UK and beyond being featured during the National Railway Museum’s Trainspotting Season. The exhibition runs from September 26, 2014 to March 1, 2015.
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