GB 1996 1hr 33mins Dir: Danny Boyle Starring: Ewan McGregor and Kelly Macdonald
Four Scottish friends suffer the highs and lows of heroin addiction
This phenomenally successful black comedy drama of the 1990s includes the famous scene filmed at Corrour station on the West Highland Line with a Class 156 ‘Sprinter’ DMU departing. Other railway scenes do feature though. During the opening sequence as Ewan McGregor is running through the streets of Edinburgh, he passes through the arch that carries Waterloo Place over Calton Road. Lying straight ahead is Edinburgh Waverley station, though it is easily missed. There is also a brief shot of a Class 87 passing on a West Coast main line express. The film is based on the book of the same name by Irvine Walsh, first published in 1993. The title is a reference to a scene (not included in the film) where Begbie and Renton meet ‘an auld drunkard’ who turns out to be Begbie’s estranged father, in the disused Leith Central railway station, which they are using as a toilet. He asks them if they are ‘trainspotting’. 21 years later the film was followed by its sequel – T2 Trainspotting (qv) and in this, the infamous scene is recreated in dream format. On the special edition 2-disc DVD of Trainspotting there is a short featurette called The Beginning which features some very good shots of the cast and crew filming at Corrour station with gay abandon. In these scenes another Class 156 DMU arrives, in the form of No.156496.