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(0 Customer Reviews)   |     Write Review 12 issues per year 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.

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Backtrack  |  May 2016  


May 2016
Observations at Bentley Heath - colour spread of Michael Mensing's colour photos on the GWR Birmingham main line near Solihull.
The Railway Regulation Act 1844 - John L. Flann considers politics, economics and Government control in Victorian Britain.
Past and Present Track Formations - Part Two - Michael B. Binks concludes his survey of permanent way principles.
Holiday Literature for Scotland - Alan Bennett shows how the LMSR and LNER aimed for the tourist market in the 1920s/30s.
Class 47s Stratford Style - some colourful offerings on the Great Eastern line photographed by John D. Mann.
Bullion Thefts from the Railways - more crime on the lines revealed by Alistair F. Nisbet.
Following in the footsteps of Flight Lieutenant Aidan Fuller - Roger Smith remembers the 'British Locomotive Shed Directories'.
Visiting Camden Shed - some 1960s colour by Geoff Rixon
Swindon Railway Works - Stephen Roberts takes note of the great place's 175th anniversary.
'Through a Glass Darkly' - Dr. Malcolm Timperley writes about Britain's railways and the Wartime Blackout.
The Closure of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Line: Part One - 50 years on, Edward Gibbins takes a hard-nosed look at the case for closing it.
The Slate Quarry Engines - Some historic Welsh narrow gauge photographed in 1961 by Dr. Geoffrey Smith.
B1 Experiences - colour spread of the LNER mixed traffic 4-6-0s.
Wings over Cambridge - Geoffrey Skelsey describes what is revealed in a remarkable aerial photograph from 1922.
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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You'll receive 12 issues during a 1 year Backtrack magazine subscription.

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Backtrack   |   May 2016   


May 2016
Observations at Bentley Heath - colour spread of Michael Mensing's colour photos on the GWR Birmingham main line near Solihull.
The Railway Regulation Act 1844 - John L. Flann considers politics, economics and Government control in Victorian Britain.
Past and Present Track Formations - Part Two - Michael B. Binks concludes his survey of permanent way principles.
Holiday Literature for Scotland - Alan Bennett shows how the LMSR and LNER aimed for the tourist market in the 1920s/30s.
Class 47s Stratford Style - some colourful offerings on the Great Eastern line photographed by John D. Mann.
Bullion Thefts from the Railways - more crime on the lines revealed by Alistair F. Nisbet.
Following in the footsteps of Flight Lieutenant Aidan Fuller - Roger Smith remembers the 'British Locomotive Shed Directories'.
Visiting Camden Shed - some 1960s colour by Geoff Rixon
Swindon Railway Works - Stephen Roberts takes note of the great place's 175th anniversary.
'Through a Glass Darkly' - Dr. Malcolm Timperley writes about Britain's railways and the Wartime Blackout.
The Closure of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Line: Part One - 50 years on, Edward Gibbins takes a hard-nosed look at the case for closing it.
The Slate Quarry Engines - Some historic Welsh narrow gauge photographed in 1961 by Dr. Geoffrey Smith.
B1 Experiences - colour spread of the LNER mixed traffic 4-6-0s.
Wings over Cambridge - Geoffrey Skelsey describes what is revealed in a remarkable aerial photograph from 1922.
As a subscriber you'll receive the following benefits:

  A discount off the RRP of your magazine
  Your magazine delivered to your door each month
  You'll never miss an issue
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  Money-back guarantee

You'll receive 12 issues during a 1 year Backtrack magazine print subscription.
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