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BackTrack November 2010

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November 2010 Journal

BackTrack Cover November 2010London Trainsheds - colour spread by Steve Burdett of five London termini in the 70s.

Management of the Midland Railway in the early years of the 20th Century - John L. Flann looks behind the scenes at one of the biggest pre-grouping railway companies.

1948 - The Birth of British Railways - Part One - John. W. E. Helm looks at how the nationalised railway system came into being and what it inherited.

From the Green Fields of Somerset - three colour pages of steam in Somerset.

Last Day on the Ledbury Branch - Hugh Ballantyne's farewell photos on this rural branch from Gloucester.

Underrating the Diesel - Part Two - Modernisation in a time of despair - A. J. Mullay reveals conflicts between diesel and electric advocates around 1960.

The Attempt on James Stirling's Life - an account by Alistair F. Nisbet of a murderous attack on the South Eastern Railway's locomotive engineer in 1885.

Looks aren't everything - four colour pages on the LMS Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0s.

The Foxhall Junction Accident - Greg Morse looks back at a derailment at Didcot in 1967.

Tyne Dock 1859-1937 - John Addyman tells the story of the building of Tyne Dock and its years of triumph.

Around Leeds Central again - three more colour pages of Gavin Morrison's photographs of this vanished Yorkshire terminus.

Edward Davy - Chris Cocks introduces a long-overlooked pioneer of railway telegraph signalling.

150 Years of the Dorset Central Railway - celebrated by Mike Beale.

"My Mother called me Harry" - former Bury engineman recalls some footplate experiences as a fireman on the Central Lancashire line.

Long Jib Steam Breakdown Cranes - a descriptive colour feature by Peter Tatlow.