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BackTrack November 2011

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November 2011 Journal

BackTrack Cover November 2011Rebuilding the Bulleid 4-6-2s - three colour pages of rare photos of the SR 'Merchant Navy' and 'West Country' Pacifics being rebuilt at Eastleigh Works.

Grand Openings and Inconveniences - Part One - Jeffrey Wells reviews railway developments in 1852.

Locomotives that might have been - Miles McNair indulges in some drawing office speculation.

Great Western on the move - David Stewart-David recalls his observations on the GW main line out of Paddington in 1956.

Beyond the Fringe - Alan Bennett reviews the GWR's tourist promotion of Somerset in the 1930s.

The Berwickshire Railway - Alistair F. Nisbet tells the story of the border branch between St. Boswells and Duns.

Essex Country Blues - a colour page by John D. Mann of views from the 'rail blue' era of the 1970s.

Western Standards - four colour pages of BR Standard locos on the Western Region.

The Longridge Branch and the Whittingham Railway - John L. Flann considers the chequered history of a Lancashire byway which might have become part of a grandiose scheme from Fleetwood and Preston into Yorkshire.

Eric Bruton on the Midland - the photographs of a notable photographer on the Midland main line.

The LMS Ivatt tanks - three colour pages of David Idle's photos of the modern LMS Class 2 2-6-2Ts.

Recollections of a Railway Civil Engineer - Part Four: A Graduate Engineer steps four - the conclusion of Peter Tatlow's description of his career on British Railways Southern Region.

To Hampton Court - David Turner describes the early years of a LSWR branch built to carry tourists to Hampton Court Palace.

Newton Heath Revisited - Jeffrey Wells looks at an important LYR railway location to the west of Manchester in the 1950s/60s.