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Backtrack Magazine

12 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From €4.25 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  |  April 2013  


Parcels from Bolton - Colour spread by Tom Heavyside of the trains from the Red Star parcels depot in 1980s/90s.
Suburban South London - Michael H. C. Baker takes a personal journey back in time.
The Line that ended in the Middle of the Sea - Barry Rigg presents a brief history of the line to Piel Pier, in Morecambe Bay.
A 'Greyhound' in the slips - Jeffery Grayer recalls the exploits of the preserved LSWR 4-4-0 No.120 in the 1960s.
British Railways' First Modernisation - Edward Gibbins considers aspects of the 1955 Modernisation Plan.
Tuxford Works and Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway Locomotives - by Philip Atkins.
The Necropolis Train - Mairead Mahon notes the strange train service from Waterloo to the London Necropolis Co. cemetery at Brookwood.
Going to Gloucester - four colour pages of J. T. Bassingdale's photos at Central and Eastgate stations in the 1950s.
The Repatriation of the Middle East 8Fs - Robert Humm provides an official report by the LMS on the wartime Stanier 2-8-0s on their suitability for return to Britain.
Not where you'd expect to find them - archive b/w photos of locomotives working away from home territory.
The Television Train - Alistair F. Nisbet describes an enterprising Scottish Region excursion programme from the late 1950s/early 1960s.
Rails in Wensleydale - David Joy tells the story of a 40-mile branch line in the Yorkshire Dales.
Steaming through Kent - three colour pages of Ken Wightman's photos illustrating SR and SECR motive power.
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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