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6 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From €5,00 per issue Download Traction magazine, which celebrates classic diesel and electric locomotives from around the UK and Europe. .. read more This magazine is bi-monthly.  read less


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Traction  |  July/Aug 2023  

It is often fascinating to to hear about events which were not generally public knowledge at the time. In this issue we look at the often complex decision making when procuring new locomotives and, using original source material, we reveal how BR decided to build the Class 90s and 91s electrics during the 1980s.
We return to the East Coast Main Line near Doncaster in the 1980s, this time concentrating on freight operations.
A former senior BR manager, describes the recovery of two Class 31s that crashed down onto the North Circular Road in London. .. read more It’s a hair raising tale!
There are several articles about freight traffic starting with the final years of mail trains in Devon and Cornwall. The sand traffic from Holmethorpe in Surrey is looked at in depth together with details of the wagons used on these trains.
In our main photographic feature we concentrate on the Basingstoke to Salisbury line.
We continue the story of the early years of a railwayman’s career when he was a lowly apprentice at Bristol Bath Road depot.
In TRACTION MODELLING our featured layout is inspired by the West of England with track work in EM Gauge.  read less
Download Traction magazine, which celebrates classic diesel and electric locomotives from around the UK and Europe. This magazine is bi-monthly.
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I love to see vintage diesel and electric locomotives from different decades, wish Traction would take me back through the 1960s Green livery and into the 1970s white roof electrics EM2 s to more BR Blue etc.
Would like to also see the days of turntables and gated level crossings with early signal boxes and stations featured too. Love the model railway sections these could also compliment the period featured.
Apt please as well specially as Hornby are releasing a brand new tooled model soon ow and the old 1960s and newly painted HST Blue Pullman comparison
Thank you love the magazine.
Reviewed Mittwoch, 25. November 2020


Quite good Reviewed Sonntag, 22. November 2020


Excellent magazine, espeially if you grew up during the BR era & also worked on the railways during the BR era. Reviewed Mittwoch, 14. Oktober 2020


Very glad that I have subscribed during the pandemic Reviewed Donnerstag, 4. Juni 2020


I particularly enjoy the articles written by former railway workers who describe their life on the railways in the 1980s and 1990s. Reviewed Freitag, 22. Mai 2020

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