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BackTrack October 2023

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October 2023 Journal

BackTrack Cover October 20234-4-0 Stalwarts on the Southern - colour spread by Dick Riley of veteran South Eastern & Chatham Railway locomotives at work in the late 1950s/early 1960s,

I. L. Brunel and the Birmingham & Gloucester Railway - Ian Greig looks at how the great engineer planned to be involved, but didn't.

The Hurn Branch: Lost but not forgotten - Stephen Roberts traces a short - and short-lived - London & South Western connecting line in Hampshire.

The North Wales Land Cruise Train - Malcolm Cowtan recalls a popular British Railways holiday enterprise.

The Dunbar Signalman's Mistake - Alistair F. Nisbet explains how signalling failings caused a North British Railway accident in 1898.

At Banbury - colour photos at this important station on the Paddington–Birmingham main line.

South by South Western - four colour pages of steam on the main line between Waterloo and Basingstoke by Roger Cruse

A Close-Run Thing: The London Passenger Transport Board: Part One - Niall Devitt considers the difficult road to creating what we know as 'London Transport'.

Permanent Way Work - archive photographs of complex track layouts and track gangs at work.

A Manchester Neighbourhood - five colour pages by Gavin Morrison of the adjacent Manchester stations Victoria and Exchange  between 1956 and 2005.

Pulverised Fuel for Firing Locomotives - Part Two of Miles Macnair's study of alternative locomotive technologies.

The St. Helens and Warrington & Stockport Railways 1854-1873  - the penetration of competing companies to Liverpool and Manchester described by Ian Travers.