Literally, spotting trans. Honest, people stand around all day on railway platforms in their anoraks, with sandwiches and flasks of tea, writing down the registration numbers of every train that goes by. Sometimes they take photos and record the sound of the engines. Don't try to understand it, it's a uniquely British phenomenon.
When wannabe DJs crowd the booth to see which track is playing.
Trainspotting is a 1996 Academy Award nominated, BAFTA winning cult film directed by Danny Boyle based on the novel Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. The movie is about a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh and their passage through life. It stars Ewan Mc Gregor as Mark Renton, Ewen Bremner as Spud Murphy, Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy, Kevin Mc Kidd as Tommy, Robert Carlyle as Begbie and Kelly Macdonald as Dianne.
Trainspotting is the first novel by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh. It is written in the form of numerous short chapters narrated in the first person by various residents of Edinburgh who either use heroin, are friends of the core group of heroin users, or engage in destructive activities that are implicitly portrayed as addictions that serve the same function as heroin addiction. The novel is set in the mid to late 1980s, and the protagonists live in the Leith section of Edinburgh.
The Trainspotting Soundtracks are two soundtrack albums released following the film version of Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name. The first was released on July 9, 1996. The comparatively huge fanbase for both the film and the original soundtrack prompted a release of a second soundtrack on October 21, 1997.