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July 2017 BackTrack is out on the 15th June

BackTrack Cover July 2017


The July 2017 edition of BackTrack  journal is out on the 15th July.  It is packed with lots of interesting railway articles and pictures. See what's in Julys journal.
August edition will be out on the 20th July.

BackTrack Cover December 2011THE BACKTRACK


***New 5 Year Index Now Available***

The Back Track Cumulative Index To Volumes 26 to 30 is now available.  In 2012 you rushed to buy the complete 25 year index to volumes 1 to 25.  But that was five years ago - what has been in BackTrack since then. You need the new supplementary index for volumes 26 to 30 inclusive covering the years 2012 to 2016.

Cross-referenced under, over 60 sub-headings on eight pages of entries, this will help to point you towards that article you remember but can't find.  To order your copy go to the Back Issues/ Binders page.


The Backtrack Cumulative Index to the first 25 years is sold out but you can download a copy free at:-
BackTrack Index.

Digital Edition Of BackTrack

Tablet_OLYou can now download our digital edition and view it on your iPad, iPhone, Android, Smartphone, Android Tablet, Kindle Fire, PC or Mac.  See the Digital Edition for more details.


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  • BackTrack Subscribers receive their copies ahead of the publication date - straight from the press!
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  • Insurance against any price increase during the life of the subscription.
  • UK Subscriptions only 48 p.a. by Direct Debit
  • Overseas subscriptions available


You can now subscribe Online.  This allows readers to:-

  • become a new subscriber via Credit or Debit Card, or via Direct Debit
  • allow existing subscribers to register and change their details e.g. address.

Find out how to subscribe now!

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Look at the articles which have been in BackTrack journal.

Annual indexes for 2006 to 2016 are available on this site.
Click on the relevant year 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 20122013, 2014, 2015 or 2016.
Back issues of BackTrack are available from volume 25 (2011) onwards.  If you want to order a back issue see our how to order back issues page.

Some earlier editions of BackTrack are held by the Vintage Carriages Trust. See the back issues page for further details.

BackTrack Magazine


Backtrack, 'Britain's Leading Historical Railway Journal', covers all aspects of railway history from its earliest days through to more recent events up to around ten years before now, including:

  • Early railway history from the 'pre-Stephenson' era
  • Steam locomotive history
  • Diesel locomotive history
  • Electric locomotive history
  • Railway company history
  • Railway carriages and wagons
  • Railway Stations
  • Railway ships, hotels and road vehicles
  • Railway economic and social history
  • Railway publicity and advertising

Backtrack's contributors include many of today's leading railway history writers. From the beginning the magazine has maintained a reputation for its production values and each issue contains a wealth of photographs reproduced to the highest standards, including a generous selection of historic colour. Published monthly, Backtrack is THE magazine for all who are interested in British railway history.

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Pendragon Publishing Books For Sale

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One Man and his camera.  The Railway Photography of Trevor Owen, compiled by Paul Chancellor has recently been published by Pendragon Publishing.

Get your copy today.

Books Available from the Bookshop


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The latest book in the popular Railways in Retrospect series.  See East Coast Main Line Disasters for more details.

Here is an index of subjects and names in the book together with the page numbers.

See the book ordering page for details of all the books, prices and how to order.

**CaseBinding Available
Jan-Mar each year
Case Binder

Casebinding of your years BackTrack journals will be available in the first three months of each year.  Please see the Binders page for details.


BackTrack Binders

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Binders are available for your BackTrack journals.  See the Binders page for further details.

Where can you find BackTrack

If you have trouble finding an outlet which stocks BackTrack then see if there is an outlet near you. This section lists some of the outlets which sells the journal.

Advertise In BackTrack

If you want to advertise in BackTrack please see our page for advertisers.


A sample e-journal is available to look at.  It is the popular January 2008 edition.

This sample  shows the type, range and quality of the railway articles which appear in the magazine every month.


If you are thinking of writing an article or submitting some images for submission to BackTrack here is some advice and guidelines on which subjects, styles and photographs are likely to be accepted.  See the guidelines for authors and photographers page.


A links section has been added of sites of interest to the site visitors.  If you run or own a site and want to be included please see the links section.

Search For Subjects

If you want to search this site or independent websites which have indexed BackTrack and other Railway magazines, look at the search page.


Different people are familiar with different systems of measurement.  Some with Imperial and some with Metric.  To help readers convert to the unit they are familiar with links to a conversion site have been provided in the links section.  So if you wondered what speed Mallard achieved in miles per hour,  Kilometres per hour or feet per second the conversion site will work it out for you. See the links section.

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