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Backtrack Magazine August 2013 Back Issue

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Backtrack is Britain's leading historical railway journal, covering every era of railway history from its earliest days and infancy up to the more recent events of around ten years ago. Backtrack magazine takes you back in time and is packed with all aspects of the railway’s past throughout Britain and Ireland.

The nostalgic magazine’s pages delve into the earliest days of the railway in the era of horse-drawn tramroads up to locomotives (whether steam, diesel or electric) and the rolling stock of more recent years. Backtrack also looks at the history of particular lines, as well as considering the social, political, financial, engineering and labour aspects of the railway’s history. In addition to archive black and white photographs, each issue contains quality historical colour coverage of the railway scene, all reproduced to the highest standards that will look great on your device with a Backtrack digital magazine subscription.

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Backtrack  |  August 2013  

Polkemmet Colliery - a double spread of industrial steam at this site in Lanarkshire.
The Closed Stations of Wirral's Passenger Railways - surveyed by Rowan Patel.
The Bodmin Branch - a local history by Alan Bennett.
The Great Western Railway '56XX' Tanks- three pages of colour photos.
Changing Times on the Chesham Branch- Michael J. Smith presents a brief history up to the changeover from steam to electric traction.
Was the LMS too big? - Peter Tatlow discusses an alternative scenario.
Meanwhile, Back at Carlisle - five more pages of colour from the Border City.
An 'Oglo' at Helsby - Tony Robinson describes the moving of an out of gauge load, a nuclear power station transformer, to Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1961.
Baltic Mysteries - Philip Atkins describes the genesis of the ill-starred Tilbury 4-6-4 tanks.
The 'Juice' comes South - Jeffery Grayer relates the story of the 'Portsmouth No.2' electrification scheme to Littlehampton, Bognor and Worthing.
Seeing Double (or more!) - David Cable's colour shots of two or three trains passing each other on the GW main line.
Progress and Problems on the North British Railway 1845-6 - Jeffrey Wells goes back to the beginnings of the East Coast Main Line from Edinburgh.
Grime Time at New Street - four colour shots of steam at the old Birmingham station in 1955.
Cheshire Lines - four pages of archive photos on the Cheshire Lines Committee system.

The specialist magazine was first published in 1986 for the purpose of ‘recording the history of Britain’s railway’ - the magazine’s strapline - and it is now published by Pendragon Publishing. Dropping every month, Backtrack magazine is your monthly dose of railway nostalgia and historical insight.

35 years later and Backtrack has firmly established itself as the authority on topics such as the history of Britain and Ireland’s train stations, railway bridges, signalling, biographies, train services and staff recollections - all of which regularly appear in the magazine. Backtrack's contributors include many of today's leading railway history writers and the magazine has a reputation for being of the highest quality.

With a multitude of unmissable monthly features, every issue aims to chronicle and record part of the history of Britain’s railway system. Every issue contains a dozen or so large articles that focus on a particular line or area in British railway history.

Whether you’re into early railway history from the 'pre-Stephenson' era, steam, diesel or electric locomotive you’ll find every era covered in minute detail - from railway company history, railway carriages and wagons, railway stations, railway ships, hotels and road vehicles, railway economic and social history and railway publicity and advertising.

A Backtrack digital magazine subscription is your go-to for railway history:

  • Britain's leading historical railway magazine
  • Delving into the era of horse-drawn tramroads up to locomotives and rolling stock 
  • History of lines, the social, political, financial, engineering and labour aspects of the railway
  • Archive black and white quality images and historical colour coverage of the railway scene
  • The history of train stations, railway bridges, signalling, biographies and train services
  • Contributors include many of today's leading railway history writers
  • Delivered directly to your device every week

You'll receive 12 issues during a 1 year Backtrack magazine subscription.

Note: Digital editions do not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with printed copies.


I originally bought a few issued for a specific topic I was researching, but am finding more of interest. Reviewed Friday, 21 August 2020


Would like - pay for - access online to some of the earler issues of Backtrack Reviewed Thursday, 19 March 2020

Excellent quality

Simply the Best of it's kind on the market Reviewed Saturday, 25 January 2020

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Highly entertaining Reviewed Tuesday, 30 January 2018

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