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Backtrack Magazine December 2018 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.

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

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Backtrack  |  December 2018  

Dec 2018

West of Bournemouth - Michael H. C. Baker takes a reflective journey down the line to Weymouth.

The Failings of the Hadleigh branch - a Suffolk branch line history by Alistair F. Nisbet.

Burying the Beeching Plan - Geoffrey Skelsey considers the Transport Act of 1968 and afterwards.

Dukeries Junction - Bill Taylor describes where the Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway interchanged with the Great Northern.

Reviving the Vale of Rheidol Railway - Former BR Divisional Manager Edward Gibbins recalls initiatives in the 1980s to raise the narrow gauge line's profile.

'There was something in the air that night - night photographs in colour in 1967 by David Rodgers.

Tales from Charlie Marshall - Jonathan Edwards describes life at a halt on the Somerset & Dorset line.

Northern Counties Steam - three colour shots from Northern Ireland from the Colour-Rail Collection

The Contribution of Britain's railways to the Great War - Jeffrey Wells reviews some of the achievements in support of the 1914-18 war effort.

The Dyserth Branch - Tony Robinson tells the story of a north east Wales branch from Prestatyn.

Happy Holidays on the North Bay Railway - archive photos of Scarborough's miniature railway.

The Royal Train Silver Jubilee visit to Scotland - remembered by Allan Trotter.

Placating the Civils - A Balancing Curve: Part Two: The Learning Curve by Miles Macnair.

In the Golden Valley - a pair of colour views on the Gloucester–Swindon line.

The Furness Railway's 'Big Hole' - Jeffrey Wells describes the famous ground subsidence case at Lindal in 1892.

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 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

VGood British Railway History Mag

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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