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Backtrack Magazine April 14 Back Issue

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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 Back Issue April 14
6,99 / issue
This issue and other back issues are not included in a Backtrack subscription. Subscriptions include the latest regular issue and new issues released during your subscription and start from as little as €5,42 per issue . If you're looking to subscribe please check out our Subscription Options
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Backtrack  |  April 14  

St. Blazey Class 37s on the Cornish Speedlink Services - colour spread by David Cable.
Scotter of the South Western - Part One - Ron Strutt looks at the life and career of a man who very nearly changed the course of railway history.
Didcot Power Station - The End of an Era - Brian Ringer's photos look at a typical day's operations back in 1976.
100-Wagon Trains and their Legacy - W. S. Becket looks at the Peterborough Ferme Park coal traffic.
Feeing Railway Servants - Alistair F. Nisbet considers the practice of tips and 'rewards' given by the public for preferential attention. .. read more
More of the Stratford Scene - three colour pages by Dick Riley of motive power at Stratford shed and works in east London.
Eric Bruton on the West Highland - three pages of archive photos in 1951 by this eminent railway photographer.
Hidden in the Body - Jeffery Grayer delves into the footnotes of some working timetables in search of some interesting operational snippets.
In Patriotic Fervour - four pages of colour shots of the LMS 'Patriot' 4-6-0s, both original and rebuilt.
Walking the 'Old Road' - Peter Butler explores the signal boxes on the original Midland route to Sheffield.
Railway Fares and Charges in the eyes of the Press in 1850 - Andy Brown reveals how the subject was as contentious 150 years ago as it is today.
Railways to the Yorkshire Coast - Jeffrey Wells tells the story of the building of lines to Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey.
West from Paddington - three colour pages by David Idle of steam in the west London suburbs and out into the Thames Valley.
In Place of Steam - Norman Lowe describes some alternatives proposed in the early British Railways years.
First In, Last Out - A. J. Ludlam provides a brief insight into life at Wainfleet station in Lincolnshire.

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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.

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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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