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Backtrack Magazine

12 issues per year 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  |  October 2013  


Class 37s on the China Clay - colour spread by David Cable of the china clay trains in the late 1980s/early 90s.
'Heavier than Expected': BR's early Lightweight Diesel Multiple Units - A. J. Mullay shows how BR's earliest dieselisation programme centred on DMUs was largely successful.
Some thoughts on 'Claughtons' and 'Patriots' - David Pearson explores some of the economic and tax reasons which influenced the LMS in creating the latter design out of the former.
The Brighton heads East - Jeremy Clarke describes the coastal route between Brighton and Hastings.
From the Platform End at Paddington - colour spread of scenes in the 1950s taken by J. T. Bassingdale.
'All Lines lead to King's Cross': inertia and Revival on the Great Northern Lines - in Part Two Geoffrey Skelsey brings the story up to date with the completion of the recent redevelopment of the terminus.
All Gas and Turbines - some archive photos of the two experimental gas turbine locomotives of the early 1950s.
Steam in the North East - four colour pages by David Idle.
Stationary Locomotive Testing - Part Three - Adrian Tester describes the working of the testing stations.
The Main Line Stations of Manchester - four pages of archive photos.
Dover Marine Station - Paul Joyce presents some notes and photos of Britain's Gateway to the Continent.
Take a Drop of Water with it - three colour shots of engines taking water on West Coast route troughs.
The Humber Ferries, Grimsby and Associated Railways - described by Jeffrey Wells.
The London Railway Horse - J. D. Bennett looks at how the railways companies managed their equine workforces.
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

Would like - pay for - access online to some of the earler issues of Backtrack Reviewed giovedì 19 marzo 2020

Excellent quality

Simply the Best of it's kind on the market Reviewed sabato 25 gennaio 2020

VGood British Railway History Mag

VGood British Railway History Mag Reviewed venerdì 23 novembre 2018

One of the best in the market

Highly entertaining Reviewed martedì 30 gennaio 2018
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Britain's leading historical railway journal

"Britain's leading historical railway journal" is the claim and strapline which appears at the top of the front cover of every issue. As a subscriber who has been "hooked" on the magazine for a decade now, I consider that to be true. Other magazines cover the history of Britain's railways to greater and lesser degrees but I believe that Backtrack does it best.
Each issue contains an eclectic mix of articles covering many and varied aspects of railway history, not just locomotives or line histories and not just steam, such as others concentrate on. Such byways as signalling and ticketing receive attention from time to time and the selection of colour, as well as black-and-white, illustrations is magnificent.
Finally, modern traction and history (up to about a decade ago) get a share of the attention too and particularly interesting are those articles which look at the social history and the political background.
This is the only British historical railway journal with referenced articles. Reviewed martedì 2 gennaio 2018

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