Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the European Union version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?

Instant Access when you subscribe
Enjoy on your mobile, tablet or computer
Digital subscriptions include the latest issue and all regular issues released during your subscription. Your chosen term will automatically renew unless auto-renew is cancelled in your subscription area 24 hours before the end of the current subscription.

Free Sample Issue
Get your FREE Sample issue of Backtrack today!
Try a FREE sample of Backtrack

Backtrack Magazine April 2013 Back Issue

View Reviews   |   Write Review Only €6,99

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.

.. read more

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!

  read less


Single Digital Back Issue April 2013
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
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.

Issue Cover

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. .. read more
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.
  read less

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.
Your purchase here at Pocketmags.com can be read on any of the following platforms.

You can read here on the website or download the app for your platform, just remember to login with your Pocketmags username and password.

The Pocketmags app runs on all iPad and iPhone devices running iOS 13.0 or above, Android 5.0 or above and Fire Tablet (Gen 3) or above. Our web-reader works with any HTML5 compatible browser, for PC and Mac we recommend Chrome or Firefox.

For iOS we recommend any device which can run the latest iOS for better performance and stability. Earlier models with lower processor and RAM specifications may experience slower page rendering and occasional app crashes which are outside of our control.
Based on 73 Customer Reviews
Write Review View Reviews


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

May 2023
Buy for €6,99
View | Add to Cart
April 2023
Buy for €6,99
View | Add to Cart
March 2023
Buy for €6,99
View | Add to Cart
February 2023
Buy for €6,99
View | Add to Cart
January 2023
Buy for €6,99
View | Add to Cart
Go Birdwatching
Buy for €5,99
Tabletop Gaming
Annual Digital Subscription for €79,99
€119.88 Save 33%
Your Cat
Annual Digital Subscription for €47,99
€71.88 Save 33%
Park and Holiday Home Inspiration magazine
Annual Digital Subscription for €23,99
€29.94 Save 20%
12 Months for €47,99
€71.88 Save 33%
Railway Magazine
12 Months for €40,99
€71.88 Save 43%
Heritage Railway
12 Months for €41,99
€77.87 Save 46%
12 Months for €29,99
€35.94 Save 17%
Model Rail
12 Months for €35,99
€77.87 Save 54%
// btn2.addClass('active').find('.selectorico').removeClass('fa-circle').addClass('fa-circle-dot'); //active button set