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Backtrack Magazine March 14 Back Issue

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Backtrack is Britain's leading historical railway journal, covering every era of railway history from its earliest days and infancy up to the more recent events of around ten years ago. Backtrack magazine takes you back in time and is packed with all aspects of the railway’s past throughout Britain and Ireland.

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The nostalgic magazine’s pages delve into the earliest days of the railway in the era of horse-drawn tramroads up to locomotives (whether steam, diesel or electric) and the rolling stock of more recent years. Backtrack also looks at the history of particular lines, as well as considering the social, political, financial, engineering and labour aspects of the railway’s history. 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 that will look great on your device with a Backtrack digital magazine subscription.

Sign up today to an annual Backtrack digital magazine subscription - it’s Britain's leading historical railway journal!

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Single Digital Back Issue March 14
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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. .. read more
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.

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The specialist magazine was first published in 1986 for the purpose of ‘recording the history of Britain’s railway’ - the magazine’s strapline - and it is now published by Pendragon Publishing. Dropping every month, Backtrack magazine is your monthly dose of railway nostalgia and historical insight.

35 years later and Backtrack has firmly established itself as the authority on topics such as the history of Britain and Ireland’s train stations, railway bridges, signalling, biographies, train services and staff recollections - all of which regularly appear in the magazine. Backtrack's contributors include many of today's leading railway history writers and the magazine has a reputation for being of the highest quality.

With a multitude of unmissable monthly features, every issue aims to chronicle and record part of the history of Britain’s railway system. Every issue contains a dozen or so large articles that focus on a particular line or area in British railway history.

Whether you’re into early railway history from the 'pre-Stephenson' era, steam, diesel or electric locomotive you’ll find every era covered in minute detail - from railway company history, railway carriages and wagons, railway stations, railway ships, hotels and road vehicles, railway economic and social history and railway publicity and advertising.

A Backtrack digital magazine subscription is your go-to for railway history:

  • Britain's leading historical railway magazine
  • Delving into the era of horse-drawn tramroads up to locomotives and rolling stock 
  • History of lines, the social, political, financial, engineering and labour aspects of the railway
  • Archive black and white quality images and historical colour coverage of the railway scene
  • The history of train stations, railway bridges, signalling, biographies and train services
  • Contributors include many of today's leading railway history writers
  • Delivered directly to your device every week

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

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I originally bought a few issued for a specific topic I was researching, but am finding more of interest. Reviewed Friday, August 21, 2020


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

Excellent quality

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

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One of the best in the market

Highly entertaining Reviewed Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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