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August 2024 edition of BackTrack is out on the 18th July

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The August 2024 edition of BackTrack  journal is the 400th edition and is out on the 18th July.  It is packed with lots of interesting railway articles and pictures.

See what's in the August journal.

The September 2024 edition will be out on the 15th August.

A sample, July 2017, has been added to the site so you can see the type, range and quality of the railway articles which appear in the magazine every month.

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Look at the articles which have been in BackTrack journal.

The 2023 index has recently been added to the annual indexes for 2006 to 2023.  Click on the relevant year to go to the index 200620072008,  2009201020112012,   2013201420152016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 or 2023.

Back issues of BackTrack are available from volume 33 (2019) onwards.  Please note that the stock of some issues is very limited.  See the ordering page for a list of the available journals.

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.

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.


BackTrack Journals

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  • UK Subscriptions only 55 p.a. by Direct Debit
  • Overseas subscriptions available


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  • 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.

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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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Grouping Britian's Railways by A. J. Mullay is available from our bookstore.
See the book ordering page for details of all the books, offers and how to order.



In 2012 we brought you our Cumulative Index to Volumes 1 to 25.
In 2017 came the supplementary index to Volumes 26-30.
In 2022 we bring you up to date with what has been happening in Backtrack over the last five years...
Now you need the Cumulative Index to Volumes 31-35,  2017-2021! 12 pages containing over 5,000 listings, cross-referenced under 60 sub-headings, to help you find that subject you're looking for.
7.50 inc. postage (UK only)
Go to the Back Issues/Binder page to obtain your copy.
The first two Cumulative Indexes print versions are out of stock but can be downloaded at Indexes.

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.

Copy Deadlines and rates for the 2024 journals now available.

Sample Available!

Two sample journals are available for you to look at.  The popular July 2017 and the January 2008 edition are available.

The samples 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.


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.


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.

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