BBC calls on Doncaster rail enthusiasts to take part in three-day live trainspotting TV show

A three night live broadcast on trainspotters is to be shown live on BBC next month - and Doncaster rail enthusiasts are being urged to take part.

Tuesday, 5th July 2016, 11:26 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th July 2016, 12:27 pm
Trainspotters in Doncaster can take part in a three day live TV celebration of trainspotting.

Trainspotting Live will bring three nights of "spotting, joy and excitement" to BBC Four as Peter Snow, mathematician Dr Hannah Fry and engineer Dick Strawbridge along with a team of rail train enthusiasts revel in the tantalising intricacies, trade secrets and true pleasures of trainspotting... live!

Live from the historic Didcot Rail Museum, Peter Snow will be asking the audience to join the spotting by recording the most frequent to the most elusive trains on the tracks all over country during the three days of live broadcast.

A team of expert spotters will also be waiting in anticipation to catch the full range of British rail stock on camera - from classic steam, to diesel locomotives, to high-speed electric and our rarest beauties - explaining how they did it and delving into their importance in our British heritage.

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Mathematician Hannah will be breaking down the mind-bending equations that go into keeping the thousands of trains on the network every day, while engineer Dick will explore the historic hidden marvels of rail engineering and surprising, rich history of trainspotting as trains whizz past his trainspotting location in the north of England, live.

As the train spots come in thick and fast from the presenters and the Great British public, Peter will be joined in Didcot by collectors, photographers, record holders and poets.

A BBC spokesman said: "This is not just a show for the thousands of trainspotters out there; this is a show for anyone with a passion for British history, travel and engineering. This is a love letter to trains told by trainspotters – the custodians of our train history."

The show will be screened live on BBC Four on 11, 12 and 13 July from 8pm to 9pm