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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  |  November 2013  


Give a 'Black Five' a good name - colour shots of the four named LMS Class 5 4-6-0s.
The 1904 Aylesbury Disaster - Michael J. Smith describes an accident to a Great Central train at a dangerously aligned junction.
Georgian Railway Enthusiasts - Bob Yate uncovers an account of a trip to London by three friends in 1914.
Buxton - What might have been - Mike Fell and Roger Hennessey reveal some unfulfilled proposals involving standard and narrow gauge lines, electric tramways and main line electrification.
In Kent Again - more colour photograph of steam by Ken Wightman.
Brighton Line Moments - archive photos of LBSCR locomotives.
LMS Pacifics in Scotland - colour spread of 'Coronations' at work and rest.
Going South with the 'Cromptons' - three colour pages of Michael Mensing's photos of the Class 33 diesel-electrics at work.
Manchester's Lost Electrics - colour shots by J. S. Gilks of the Bury and Hadfield EMUs shortly before their replacement.
The Montrose & Bervie Railway - Alistair F. Nisbet presents the history of a North British branch in NE Scotland.
The 'Square Deal' Campaign - Edward Gibbins investigates the railways' futile pre-war campaign to obtain reform of Government-controlled freight charging.
Green all the Way - Bill Taylor introduces the railway songs composed by loco fireman Dave Goulder.
Just add more Cylinders - Part Three: Power and Prestige - Miles Macnair looks at four-cylinder simple locomotives during the grouping years.
Llandovery - colour photos by Roy Hobbs of this Central Wales line station in 1972.
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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