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Backtrack Magazine

12 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From €4,17 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.

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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Backtrack  |  February 2022  

Through Sussex via Steyning - colour spread by Gerald Daniels of the Horsham to Shoreham-by-Sea line
'What a lovely job this is' - Andrew Johnston looks back on his involvement in making television documentaries on railway subjects.

Frustrations of Fuel Efficiency: Part Four - Miles Macnair's series continues by considering The Franco-Crostil Boiler and Pre-Heater.

"And it was all yellow…" - three examples of the rare use of yellow as a railway livery.

The Great Western Railway Ruabon–Barmouth route: Part One - Ian Travers examines aspects of historical development and GWR policy at the margins.

The Story of the 'Clickety-Clack': The Grimsby & Immingham Electric Tramway 1912-1961 - told by Geoffrey Skelsey.

Milk Train Derailment at Chipping Sodbury - a 1966 accident described by Robin and Thomas Sellers.

On the Lambourn Valley branch - A Berkshire branch line photographed by John Spencer Gilks.

The Ins and Outs of Paddington - three pages of colour by Dick Riley showing the scene on the outskirts of the GWR's London terminus.

Cross-Country through the Tyne Valley - colour and monochrome photographs of the Newcastle–Carlisle route by Gavin Morrison.

Snowbound at Rowley - Harsh winters in the North East of England, and how the railway faced the challenge, described by Rob Langham.

The St. Fillans Sheep Accident - a 1922 misfortune on the Caledonian Railway.

Take the Train for the Boat: Part Two - Philip Benham concludes his look at the rise and fall of the Boat Train.

Falling Short of Ambition: A New Line to Leatherhead - Jeremy Clarke looks at the Chessington branch, a late addition to the Southern Railway.

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.


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

VGood British Railway History Mag

VGood British Railway History Mag Reviewed viernes, 23 de noviembre de 2018

One of the best in the market

Highly entertaining Reviewed martes, 30 de enero de 2018

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