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Backtrack Magazine

12 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From £3.75 per issue Backtrack was first published in 1987 with the aim of presenting British railway history. At first quarterly and then bi-monthly, Backtrack went monthly in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, justifying its founder’s identification of a niche in the railway publishing market for a high quality historical journal.
Backtrack’s remit is to cover all aspects of railway history throughout Britain and Ireland, from its earliest days in the era of horse-drawn tramroads up to around ten years back from the present. Locomotives (whether steam, diesel or electric) and rolling stock feature prominently, but Backtrack also looks at the history of particular lines as well as considering the social, political, financial, engineering and labour aspects of railway history. Topics such as stations, bridges, signalling, biographies, train services and staff recollections therefore regularly appear in the magazine.
A strong pictorial content is an important feature of Backtrack and 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.

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Backtrack  |  October 2021  


Time Travels on the Somerset & Dorset - colour spread of Alan Reeve's photos on this much-loved line.

At risk on the Permanent Way 1890-1922 - Jeffrey Wells traces some unfortunate happenings in a hazardous aspect of railway work.

BR Motorail Trains: Formations and Finances: Part Two - Clive Carter concludes his review of BR's car carrier service.

Cruising by Train and Circular Tours - Alistair F. Nisbet reviews some activities promoting railway tourism from the 1920s onwards.

From the Mersey Railway to Merseyrail - Geoffrey Skelsey describes how Liverpool got is modern Metro.

The LNER L1 2-6-4 Tanks - three colour pages of these useful locomotives from the end of the LNER era.

Wight Summers - Gavin Morrison's colour photographs of the Isle of Wight O2 Class tanks and the Ryde Pier Tramway.

The Flockton Waggonway - Richard Lee delves into early industrial railway history in the West Riding of Yorkshire coalfield.

A Great Western Tenancy 1937-40: Part Two - Mike Fenton continues the story of the GWR's Camp Coach scheme.

Tyson takes to the Hills - archive photos from the Alan Tyson Collection on the Shap and Ais Gill routes.

Battling Beeching in the High Peak: The Campaign to retain Buxton's rail service - In Part Two of his article Stephen G . Abbott tells how the former LNWR route to the town was saved but the Midland line lost.
Backtrack was first published in 1987 with the aim of presenting British railway history. At first quarterly and then bi-monthly, Backtrack went monthly in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, justifying its founder’s identification of a niche in the railway publishing market for a high quality historical journal.
Backtrack’s remit is to cover all aspects of railway history throughout Britain and Ireland, from its earliest days in the era of horse-drawn tramroads up to around ten years back from the present. Locomotives (whether steam, diesel or electric) and rolling stock feature prominently, but Backtrack also looks at the history of particular lines as well as considering the social, political, financial, engineering and labour aspects of railway history. Topics such as stations, bridges, signalling, biographies, train services and staff recollections therefore regularly appear in the magazine.
A strong pictorial content is an important feature of Backtrack and 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.
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