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Backtrack Magazine

12 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From €5,42 per issue

Backtrack is Britain's leading historical railway journal, covering every era of railway history from its earliest days and infancy up to the more recent events of around ten years ago. Backtrack magazine takes you back in time and is packed with all aspects of the railway’s past throughout Britain and Ireland.

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The nostalgic magazine’s pages delve into the earliest days of the railway in the era of horse-drawn tramroads up to locomotives (whether steam, diesel or electric) and the rolling stock of more recent years. Backtrack also looks at the history of particular lines, as well as considering the social, political, financial, engineering and labour aspects of the railway’s history. 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 that will look great on your device with a Backtrack digital magazine subscription.

Sign up today to an annual Backtrack digital magazine subscription - it’s Britain's leading historical railway journal!

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Single Digital Issue October 2023
6,99 / issue
Annual Digital Subscription €64,99 billed annually
€5,42 / issue
6 Month Digital Subscription €35,99 billed twice a year
€6,00 / issue
Please note that the calculations are for illustration purposes only. Savings are calculated on the comparable purchase of single issues over an annualised subscription period and can vary from advertised amounts. Complete your collection savings are based on the RRP of the latest issue.

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Backtrack  |  October 2023  

We have plenty in store for you in our October issue.

4-4-0 Stalwarts on the Southern - colour spread by Dick Riley of veteran South Eastern & Chatham Railway locomotives at work in the late 1950s/early 1960s.

I. L. Brunel and the Birmingham & Gloucester Railway - Ian Greig looks at how the great engineer planned to be involved, but didn't.

The Hurn Branch: Lost but not forgotten - Stephen Roberts traces a short - and short-lived - London & South Western connecting line in Hampshire. .. read more

The North Wales Land Cruise Train - Malcolm Cowtan recalls a popular British Railways holiday enterprise.

The Dunbar Signalman's Mistake - Alistair F. Nisbet explains how signalling failings caused a North British Railway accident in 1898.

At Banbury - colour photos at this important station on the Paddington–Birmingham main line.

South by South Western - four colour pages of steam on the main line between Waterloo and Basingstoke by Roger Cruse

A Close-Run Thing: The London Passenger Transport Board: Part One - Niall Devitt considers the difficult road to creating what we know as 'London Transport'.

Permanent Way Work - archive photographs of complex track layouts and track gangs at work.

A Manchester Neighbourhood - five colour pages by Gavin Morrison of the adjacent Manchester stations Victoria and Exchange between 1956 and 2005.

Pulverised Fuel for Firing Locomotives - Part Two of Miles Macnair's study of alternative locomotive technologies.

The St. Helens and Warrington & Stockport Railways 1854-1873 - the penetration of competing companies to Liverpool and Manchester described by Ian Travers.
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The specialist magazine was first published in 1986 for the purpose of ‘recording the history of Britain’s railway’ - the magazine’s strapline - and it is now published by Pendragon Publishing. Dropping every month, Backtrack magazine is your monthly dose of railway nostalgia and historical insight.

35 years later and Backtrack has firmly established itself as the authority on topics such as the history of Britain and Ireland’s train stations, railway bridges, signalling, biographies, train services and staff recollections - all of which regularly appear in the magazine. Backtrack's contributors include many of today's leading railway history writers and the magazine has a reputation for being of the highest quality.

With a multitude of unmissable monthly features, every issue aims to chronicle and record part of the history of Britain’s railway system. Every issue contains a dozen or so large articles that focus on a particular line or area in British railway history.

Whether you’re into early railway history from the 'pre-Stephenson' era, steam, diesel or electric locomotive you’ll find every era covered in minute detail - from railway company history, railway carriages and wagons, railway stations, railway ships, hotels and road vehicles, railway economic and social history and railway publicity and advertising.

A Backtrack digital magazine subscription is your go-to for railway history:

  • Britain's leading historical railway magazine
  • Delving into the era of horse-drawn tramroads up to locomotives and rolling stock 
  • History of lines, the social, political, financial, engineering and labour aspects of the railway
  • Archive black and white quality images and historical colour coverage of the railway scene
  • The history of train stations, railway bridges, signalling, biographies and train services
  • Contributors include many of today's leading railway history writers
  • Delivered directly to your device every week

You'll receive 12 issues during a 1 year Backtrack magazine subscription.

Note: Digital editions do not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with printed copies.
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I originally bought a few issued for a specific topic I was researching, but am finding more of interest. Reviewed viernes, 21 de agosto de 2020


Would like - pay for - access online to some of the earler issues of Backtrack Reviewed jueves, 19 de marzo de 2020

Excellent quality

Simply the Best of it's kind on the market Reviewed sábado, 25 de enero de 2020

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