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12 issues per year Write Review From $3.83 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  |  July 2013  


Yesterday at Yeovil: three pages of colour by Michael Mensing at Yeovil Junction and Yeovil Pen Mill in the 1980s.
Carrying the Fishergirls over the Highland line: John Roake describes an unusual seasonal traffic originating in the north of Scotland.
The Vibration Committee: R. A. S . Hennessey investigates 'The Case of the Bayswater Tremors' caused by the Central London Railway.
And Down into a Ditch: Peter Tatlow looks at the Shawford derailment of 1952, with colour pictures.
Stationary Locomotive Testing - Part Two: Adrian Tester explains the building of the first test stations at Swindon and Rugby.
By LNER on the West Highland Line: four pages of archive photos on this scenic route from the 1930s/40s.
On Holiday with British Railways: Alan Bennett considers the promotional focus of BR's holiday guides.
The passing of the 'Blue Trains': Paul Aitken provides a trio of colour photos as a tribute to these Glasgow electrics.
Banking on the Lickey Incline: two pages of archive shots on Britain's steepest main line gradient.
Up Snowdon and Down Again: four pages of spectacular colour on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.
The Changing Craft of the Permanent Way Man - Part Two: Michael B. Binks completes his review of new practices on the track.
Tsar Trek: George Smith describes John Hackworth's export expedition to Russia and Tsar Nicholas I in 1836.
Notts County return: More Nottinghamshire colour scenes.
The Great Western Railway 'Krugers' - Part Two: Ivor Lewis goes into the detail of their design.
The Little-Known Story of Marston Gate: Bob Williams and Richard Foster look at the life and times of a country station on the Cheddington to Aylesbury branch.
'2251s' at Work: A photo tribute to the late distinguished photographer Hugh Ballantyne.

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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Would like - pay for - access online to some of the earler issues of Backtrack Reviewed Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Simply the Best of it's kind on the market Reviewed Saturday, January 25, 2020

VGood British Railway History Mag

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One of the best in the market

Highly entertaining Reviewed Tuesday, January 30, 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 Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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