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BackTrack April 2014

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April 2014 Journal

BackTrack Cover April 2014St. Blazey Class 37s on the Cornish Speedlink Services - colour spread by David Cable.

Scotter of the South Western - Part One - Ron Strutt looks at the life and career of a man who very nearly changed the course of railway history.

Didcot Power Station - The End of an Era - Brian Ringer's photos look at a typical day's operations back in 1976.

100-Wagon Trains and their Legacy - W. S. Becket looks at the Peterborough Ferme Park coal traffic.

Feeing Railway Servants - Alistair F. Nisbet considers the practice of tips and 'rewards' given by the public for preferential attention.

More of the Stratford Scene - three colour pages by Dick Riley of motive power at Stratford shed and works in east London.

Eric Bruton on the West Highland - three pages of archive photos in 1951 by this eminent railway photographer.

Hidden in the Body - Jeffery Grayer delves into the footnotes of some working timetables in search of some interesting operational snippets.

In Patriotic Fervour - four pages of colour shots of the LMS 'Patriot' 4-6-0s, both original and rebuilt.

Walking the 'Old Road' - Peter Butler explores the signal boxes on the original Midland route to Sheffield.

Railway Fares and Charges in the eyes of the Press in 1850 - Andy Brown reveals how the subject was as contentious 150 years ago as it is today.

Railways to the Yorkshire Coast - Jeffrey Wells tells the story of the building of lines to Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey.

West from Paddington - three colour pages by David Idle of steam in the west London suburbs and out into the Thames Valley.

In Place of Steam - Norman Lowe describes some alternatives proposed in the early British Railways years.

First In, Last Out - A. J. Ludlam provides a brief insight into life at Wainfleet station in Lincolnshire.