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Backtrack Magazine

12 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From $5.83 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  |  June 2013  


Ipswich Class 86s - three colour pages by John D. Mann of electric traction in various liveries on the East Anglian main line.
Ten-Coupled over the Mendips - Jeffrey Grayer recalls the use of BR 9F 2-10-0s on the Somerset & Dorset line between 1960 and 1963.
Anglo-Scottish East Coast Express Freights - by Alan Taylor
Crossing the Nidd at Knaresborough - Jeffrey Wells describes the building of two viaducts on the link between York and Harrogate.
Fireless at the Paper Mill - colour portraits of the industrial locos at the Empire mills at Greenhithe.
Fifty Years On - A Reflection on the 'Beeching Report' - Maurice Hopper offers a perspective from within the railway industry of the day.
Blunders at the Buffers - Michael J. Smith describes two collisions at terminal stations in the early years of the District Railway's electrification.
The LMS Class 4 2-6-4 Tanks - four pages of colour of three versions of these powerful engines.
The Railway in Court: Tickets, Please - Bill Taylor reviews some interesting legal cases involving ticket usage.
The Last of the Hastings Units - Keith Dungate's colour shots during the final weeks in 1986.
Take the 'Port Road' - four colour pages of steam on the Dumfries Stranraer route closed in 1965.
The Changing Craft of the Permanent Way Man - Part One - Michael B. Binks reviews early developments in practices and procedures.
The Southport Extension of the Cheshire Lines Committee 1884-1952 - Ian Travers describes a late and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to tap into traffic to the Lancashire resort.
Wider Still and Wider - three pages of archive photos of the Great Western broad gauge.


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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