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Backtrack Magazine

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  |  March 14  


Euston Regenerates - colour spread showing rebuilding of Euston station from the steam era through to electrification.
Waiting for the Wires: Electrification and Time Lags 5-105 Years - R.A.S. Hennessey reviews some slow-burning electrification projects.
The London & South Western Railway and Southampton - John L. Flann looks at the development of the railway and the port.
Payton and his Pictures - Mike G. Fell and R.A.S. Hennessey introduce a railwayman with a skill with the camera.
Private Owner Wagons - Edward Gibbins goes into a contentious issue from the 1930s and 40s through to the nationalisation era.
Visiting Grantham Shed in 1956 - three colour pages by J. T. Bassingdale.
The Railway in Court: Snow on the Platform - Bill Taylor describes legal cases brought on by wintry conditions.
The Changing Face of the West Coast Electrics - three colour pages by Rodney Lissenden illustrating a range of liveries over a span of some 20 years.
The 'Business Line' - archive photos of Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway passenger trains with detailed captions by Barry Lane.
The Aldeburgh Branch - a Suffolk branch line history by Alistair F. Nisbet.
The Architecture of the Chester & Holyhead Railway - James Johnson travels between Llandudno Junction and Chester.
The LNER 2-6-2 Tanks - colour spread of the V1 and V3 Classes.
'Goodbye to 55' - Geoffrey Skelsey presents a farewell tribute to London Transport's Headquarters.
Cock o' the North and Dr. Hugo Lentz - John Wilks describes the application of the Lentz valve gear to the LNER P2 Class locomotive No.2001.
GWR Clerestory-Roofed Stock - Mike King's notes accompany two colour photos of long-lasting survivors.


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 Reviewed Thursday, March 19, 2020 SUBSCRIBER
Would like - pay for - access online to some of the earler issues of Backtrack
   Excellent quality Reviewed Saturday, January 25, 2020
Simply the Best of it's kind on the market
   VGood British Railway History Mag Reviewed Friday, November 23, 2018
VGood British Railway History Mag
   One of the best in the market Reviewed Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Highly entertaining
   Britain's leading historical railway journal Reviewed Tuesday, January 2, 2018 SUBSCRIBER
"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.

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