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Backtrack Magazine

12 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From $3.67 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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Great Eastern Diesels - John D. Mann presents colour views showing a variety of classes at work during the first decade of privatisation.
The Hull & Holderness Railway 1852-1862 - Jeffrey Wells looks at the East Riding of Yorkshire branch from Hull to Withernsea.
Carlisle Kingmoor Marshalling Yards - Alan Taylor describes a modernisation scheme which came too late.
Comrie Colliery - steam and diesel in colour at this Fifeshire mine.
Ditton Junction - 1912 - John C. Hughes investigates an accident on the LNWR to the east of Liverpool.
The Call of the Hills - three colour pages of Alan Tyson's photos of steam on the West Coast Main line from Preston and up to Shap Summit.
The Royal Train of 1953 - Colm Flanagan looks back at a visit to Northern Ireland by The Queen and the railway arrangements made for the occasion.
All aboard the 'Brighton Belle' - colour spread of the celebrated Southern electric train.
On the other side of the Track - a selection of colour photos of level crossings by John Spencer Gilks.
An Appreciation of Performance Writing - Andrew James presents a tribute to the work of Cecil J. Allen and O. S. Nock.
Barnum & Bailey's Circus Train - Part Two - Mike G. Fell concludes the story, with the arrival of 'Buffalo Bill'.
The Infrastructural Consequences of the Demise of Steam Traction - Michael Binks reflects on the physical changes to the railways resulting from motive power modernisation.
The York of Yesteryear - four pages of archive photos of York station in the steam era.
Cambrian Standards - three colour pages of BR Standard locos on the Cambrian main line and the coast route.

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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