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Backtrack Magazine May 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.

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Backtrack  |  May 2018  

May 2018

May 2018

On and Off the East Coast Main Line - colour spread from the 1950s by Robert Sandusky.

Round the Bend - The history of the Metropolitan's Watford North Curve by Michael J. Smith.

Improvement Schemes of Selected Provincial Stations 1925-35 - Jeffrey Wells describes work at Dover Priory, Clacton, Newport, Hastings , Exeter Central and Leigh-on-Sea.

South Pacific - four pages of colour featuring the Southern Railway 'West Country/Battle of Britain' Pacifics by Derek Penney.

Pilots, Parcels and Empty Stock - Glen Kilday looks into everyday locomotive comings and goings around Newcastle in 1960.

Tackling the Gradient: Part Three - Into the Twentieth Century - innovations from 1900 onwards conclude Miles Macnair's series.

No.10000 - archive photos of the LNER's unique 4-6-4 as a water-tube boiler experiment and as a conventional locomotive.

To Hemyock with time to linger - four colour pages of this delightful Devon branch line.

Two Dukes and a Lord: The Nobility and the Railways of Barrow - by David Joy.

Taunton before the signals changed - the last years of semaphores and signal boxes photographed by Dr. M. H. Yardley.

Down in the Vale: Part One - life at Wantage Road station described by Paul Joyce.

Jumping and Falling from Trains - an assortment of intentional and accidental incidents described by Alistair F. Nisbet.

Coal at Tyne Yard - photographed by Trevor Owen in 1978.
Brewood's Lost Chances - Bob Yate relates how a Staffordshire village didn't get a railway.

The Durham Bankers - by David Milburn.

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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