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Train spotters

Young boys collecting train numbers as they pass by at speed. Date: c, 1915

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Media ID 14252419

© Mary Evans Picture Library/Peter & Dawn Cope Collection

Collecting Numbers Pass Speed


EDITORS COMMENTS
In this photograph from the early 1900s, a group of young boys eagerly gather around the railroad tracks, their eyes fixed on the distant horizon. The year is 1915, and the advent of the railway era has sparked a newfound fascination among these young minds. Train spotting, as it came to be known, was a popular pastime for children and adults alike, who would meticulously record the numbers and details of passing trains. The boys in this photograph, dressed in their Sunday best, appear both excited and focused as they prepare to jot down the numbers of the approaching trains. Their expressions are filled with anticipation and wonder, as they watch the powerful engines chug along the tracks at breakneck speed. The steam billowing from the trains creates a mesmerizing backdrop, adding to the sense of adventure and mystery that comes with the railway. The photograph captures a moment in time when the simple pleasure of observing the world around them brought joy and excitement to these young boys. It also serves as a reminder of a bygone era, when the wonders of technology and the thrill of discovery could be found in the most unexpected places. The photograph is a testament to the enduring allure of trains and the sense of wonder they continue to inspire in people of all ages. This evocative image, taken from the extensive collection at Mary Evans Prints Online, offers a glimpse into the past and invites us to reflect on the simple joys of childhood and the enduring allure of the railway.

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