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BRITAIN'S LEADING HISTORICAL RAILWAY JOURNAL

 December 2012 Journal

 BackTrack Cover December 2012'Austerity' Package - colour spread of the ex- War Dept. 2-8-0s and 2-10-0s.
How Long and How Far?
- Philip Atkins considers some aspects of locomotive life expectancy.
The Tweed Valley's Vanished Railway
- A. J. Mullay reports on the Talla Railway, in southern Scotland, a century after its demolition.
Immingham 10
0 - Part One - Mike G. Fell and R.A.S. Hennessey trace the history of the port and its technology, including the Grimsby & Immingham electric tramway.
Railways in the Fells
- four pages of archive photos of the Settle-Carlisle line from the Pendragon archive.
Forty Days
- four colour pages by Michael Mensing of the English Electric Type 4/Class 40s during their early years.
The Long Day
- Brian Topping remembers a cold and tedious day on the footplate working from Bury shed.
V2 Excellence
- four colour pages of the LNER V2 2-6-2s at work.
Suffixes, Prefixes, Ampersands and Brackets
- Michael J. Smith examines the Metropolitan Railway's compound station names.
The Steyning Line
- Jeremy Clarke presents the story of the Sussex branch from Christ's Hospital to Shoreham.
The Very Last Steam Train on the Cromford & High Peak line
- recalled by Phil Waterfield.
The 'Micheline' Diesel Railcars
- J. Crosse describes an early experiment from the 1930s.
Just Add More Cylinders
- Part One - Miles Macnair looks at the evolution of the British four -cylinder simple expansion locomotive.
The Varsity Line's Missing Links
  - Jeffery Grayer reviews recent developments in the possible revival of the Oxford - Cambridge route.