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Backtrack Magazine

12 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From £4.58 per issue

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.

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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.

Sign up today to an annual Backtrack digital magazine subscription - it’s Britain's leading historical railway journal!

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Single Digital Issue February 2023
£5.99 / issue
Annual Digital Subscription £54.99 billed annually
£4.58 / issue
6 Month Digital Subscription £29.99 billed twice a year
£5.00 / issue
Please note that the calculations are for illustration purposes only. Savings are calculated on the comparable purchase of single issues over an annualised subscription period and can vary from advertised amounts. Complete your collection savings are based on the RRP of the latest issue.

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Backtrack  |  February 2023  

Working Class - colour spread on the LMS Class 3F tank locomotives.

Birkenhead Woodside - Dr. Michael Yardley tell the story of a once important Merseyside terminus.

The North British Railway Atlantics - David. P. Williams describes these impressive locomotives built for the Edinburgh, Perth and Aberdeen expresses.

Bargain of the Month - Peter Butler recalls days out to Sheffield and Manchester using British Railways bargain day tickets 50 years ago.

The RAF Leuchars Railway - the story of a military railway installation in Scotland by Alistair F. .. read more Nisbet.

The First Application of Locomotive Engines in Lancashire: Robert Daglish and the 'Yorkshire Horse' - Nicholas Daunt looks at early railway developments in the Wigan and St. Helens area.

When the 'Deltics' were green - three colour pages from the camera of Gavin Morrison.

Suburban Surbiton - archive photographs by John Spencer Gilks of the 1930s architecture of Surbiton station in Surrey.

Bath Times - colour spread of GWR locomotives around the city of Bath.
Sojourns on the Southern - Mike Fenton concludes his series on camping coach holidays on the Southern Railway and later on the Southern Region of British Railways in the years 1947-67.

Chessington Memories - Michael H.C. Baker's recollections of suburban travel on the Southern suburban system.

James Toleman Revisited - Robin Barnes looks at a curious and completely unsuccessful locomotive built in Britain for the 1893 Chicago Exposition.

The Nidd Valley Light Railway - Mike G. Fell describes a railway originally built for Bradford Corporation's reservoir construction which operated a public passenger service in the Yorkshire Dales until 1929.
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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.
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Based on 73 Customer Reviews
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I originally bought a few issued for a specific topic I was researching, but am finding more of interest. Reviewed 21 August 2020


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

Excellent quality

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

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VGood British Railway History Mag Reviewed 23 November 2018

One of the best in the market

Highly entertaining Reviewed 30 January 2018

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