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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  |  May 2013  


On the Birkenhead Joint Line - colour by Dr. M. H. Yardley of a seldom photographed route.
The Brechin and Edzell District Railway - a Caledonian branch history by Alistair F. Nisbet.
Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway workings in North Lincolnshire - A. J. Ludlam describes some local shed duties.
The Great Western Railway 'Krugers' - Part One - Ivor Lewis reviews the background to their design.
Closing the Palace Gates - David Idle's photos of the last train on the branch from Seven Sisters in 1963.
The Midland Single-Wheelers - three pages of archive photos of the famous MR 4-2-2s.
Focus on Wellingborough - three pages of colour by Ken Fairey.
Hunting the 'Shires' - three colour pages of the LNER D49 4-4-0s.
When Push came to Shove - Robert Emblin and Bryan Longbone consider some effects of the Great War on the railways of Britain.
Acton - Twilight of a Marshalling Yard - Part Two - Brian Ringer concludes his account of working there in the 1970s.
'I remember Adlestrop' - Ernest Marples and the eclipse of Britain's rural railways - Geoffrey Skelsey investigates the background to the Beeching Report and what followed.
Trains and Formations of the LNER Streamliners - by Steve Banks.
A Right Royal Ending - A. J. Ludlam notes the auspicious end of the Spilsby branch in Lincolnshire.

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
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   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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