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Backtrack Magazine

12 issues per year Write Review From $5.33 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  |  August 2013  


Polkemmet Colliery - a double spread of industrial steam at this site in Lanarkshire.
The Closed Stations of Wirral's Passenger Railways - surveyed by Rowan Patel.
The Bodmin Branch - a local history by Alan Bennett.
The Great Western Railway '56XX' Tanks- three pages of colour photos.
Changing Times on the Chesham Branch- Michael J. Smith presents a brief history up to the changeover from steam to electric traction.
Was the LMS too big? - Peter Tatlow discusses an alternative scenario.
Meanwhile, Back at Carlisle - five more pages of colour from the Border City.
An 'Oglo' at Helsby - Tony Robinson describes the moving of an out of gauge load, a nuclear power station transformer, to Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1961.
Baltic Mysteries - Philip Atkins describes the genesis of the ill-starred Tilbury 4-6-4 tanks.
The 'Juice' comes South - Jeffery Grayer relates the story of the 'Portsmouth No.2' electrification scheme to Littlehampton, Bognor and Worthing.
Seeing Double (or more!) - David Cable's colour shots of two or three trains passing each other on the GW main line.
Progress and Problems on the North British Railway 1845-6 - Jeffrey Wells goes back to the beginnings of the East Coast Main Line from Edinburgh.
Grime Time at New Street - four colour shots of steam at the old Birmingham station in 1955.
Cheshire Lines - four pages of archive photos on the Cheshire Lines Committee system.
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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   Excellent quality Reviewed January 25, 2020
Simply the Best of it's kind on the market
   VGood British Railway History Mag Reviewed November 23, 2018
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   One of the best in the market Reviewed January 30, 2018
Highly entertaining
   Britain's leading historical railway journal Reviewed January 2, 2018 SUBSCRIBER
"Britain's leading historical railway journal" is the claim and strapline which appears at the top of the front cover of every issue. As a subscriber who has been "hooked" on the magazine for a decade now, I consider that to be true. Other magazines cover the history of Britain's railways to greater and lesser degrees but I believe that Backtrack does it best.
Each issue contains an eclectic mix of articles covering many and varied aspects of railway history, not just locomotives or line histories and not just steam, such as others concentrate on. Such byways as signalling and ticketing receive attention from time to time and the selection of colour, as well as black-and-white, illustrations is magnificent.
Finally, modern traction and history (up to about a decade ago) get a share of the attention too and particularly interesting are those articles which look at the social history and the political background.
This is the only British historical railway journal with referenced articles.

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