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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  |  December 2013  


One of Each - four historic pre-war colour photos from each of the 'Big Four' railways.
Restaurant Cars and their Development- a survey of on-train catering by George May.
Remembering 'Remembrance' - a LBSCR locomotive described by David Cullen.
Catching the Post - a spread of Travelling Post Office colour photos by Paul Aitken.
Before they were Famous - Philip Atkins looks into the early careers of some distinguished GWR locomotive chiefs.
Dear Editor - Alistair F. Nisbet trawls through some of the grievances against railways aired in the letters columns of the Victorian press.
Late Summer at Ribblehead - three colour shots by Paul Strong on the Settle-Carlisle line in September 1982.
All Points North West - four colour pages featuring steam, diesel and electric traction at a variety of locations in the North West of England.
The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway North Liverpool Electrification - Ian Travers presents a review of the development of the Southport and Ormskirk schemes of 1903-14.
The Stratford Scene - five colour pages of LNER and GER locos at Stratford in the 1950s/60s.
The Hands that Rocked the Cradle - Robert Emblin and Bryan Longbone summarise the work done by women on the UK railways during the Great War.
Bristol Fashion - Archive b/w photos at Bristol Temple Meads and nearby locations.
The Rise and Fall of 'Railway Spine' - Dr. Malcolm Timperley describes a Victorian medical condition which is arguably a progenitor of the modern 'whiplash injury'.
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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