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BackTrack April 2023

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April 2023 Journal

BackTrack Cover April 2023'RCR' on the Midland - the colour pages of the great photographer Dick Riley's travels on London Midland Region lines.

When a Station Roof Collapses - Jeffrey Wells recounts four unfortunate incidents at Leicester, Huddersfield, Nottingham and Crewe.

The Liverpool Spring Meeting : John C. Hughes takes stock of how the railway companies dealt with race traffic to the Grand National.

'Rocket' and its Kin: Part One - Anthony Dawson reflects on the Rainhill Trials and what happened to 'Rocket' afterwards.

Engine and Brake Van to Shirebrook: Part Two - M. G. Sadler concludes his look at the life of a freight guard in the 1970s.

Exercising their Powers - Photographs of the mighty British Railways 9F 2-10-0s by Gavin Morrison.

Steam at Brighton - four pages of colour at this south coast railway centre.

North Wales Byways - archive photographs of stations from Anglesey to the Vale of Rheidol line.

Bert Spencer: Gresley's Master Engineer - Tim Hillier-Graves introduces one of the most influential 'behind the scenes' locomotive engineers on the London & North Eastern Railway during the years of Sir Nigel Gresley and beyond.

CIE - Modern and Ancient - a colour spread of historic Irish diesel and steam.

The Railways of Halifax - David Joy describes how this West Riding of Yorkshire town struggled to establish itself on the railway map.

Sixes and Sevens - some thoughts by Ray Fisher on the background to the 'Railway Grouping' 100 years ago.