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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  |  March 2013  


To Portsmouth by Class 50 - David Cable's colour photos record the short period in the late 1980s when these locos were used on the Portsmouth Plymouth services.
Railway Participation in the Royal Agricultural Shows - Jeffrey Wells looks at the extent of railway activity, particularly the Great Eastern at Cambridge in 1922.
Acton - Twilight of a Marshalling Yard - Part One - Brian Ringer explains the operation and traffic of this freight centre in West London in the 1970s/80s.
Malton: Memories of a Yorkshire junction 1950-67 - recalled by Tony Kirby.
The British Steeple Cabs - R. A. S. Hennessey reviews an early period of electric locomotive history.
Saint Pancras and his station - Peter Butler reveals who he was!
At Carlisle - five colour pages at the border city's station and depots, mostly steam with a few more recent diesel locos.
South by South West - archive photos of steam on the former LSWR lines in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.
Some Railway Recollections 1900-14: Part Three: Principal features of railway travel - the final part of R. E. Charlewood's survey takes in passenger accommodation, dining and sleeping cars, through trains, refreshment rooms, hotels and publicity.
A Return Ticket to the Pre-Grouping Era - Clive Baker offers some observations of a journey from Portsmouth to Shanklin just before the end of steam traction on the Isle of Wight.
Stationary Locomotive Testing - Part One - Adrian Tester begins this series by looking at some early test plants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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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