Peter Hadfield's passion for railways probably came from his mother, who as a young woman worked in the control centre at Cudworth on the former LMS system. His passion for trainspotting started at a very young age, watching the local steam-hauled passenger and expresses, along with the freight services, pass near near his house. Indeed, the sight and sound of the steam engine led him to believe it to be the nearest machine to a living thing. As he grew up and was allowed to visit the railway meccas of Doncaster, Leeds and York, the passion grew, only to be somewhat extinguished to a large degree following the demise of steam. However, the passion is now once again reignited when he ventures to see the steam specials, which revive the fond memories forever etched in his mind.