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September 2010 Journal

Past Barnetby's Signals - Gavin MoBackTrack Cover September 2010rrison's colour shots at this enclave of traditional semaphore signalling.

Willie Gow and the Selkirk branch - Alistair Nisbet tells the story of a North British branch in the Scottish Borders.

A Bridge too far - Jeffery Grayer recalls the demise of the Langstone Bridge and the Hayling Island branch.

Underrating the Diesel - Part One - A. J. Mullay explains how in 1958 British Transport Commissioners were still unconvinced of the advantages of diesel power over steam traction. 

The South Western H15 4-6-0s - two colour photos of these power LSWR mixed traffic engines.

Electrification and the 'Jazz' - L. A. Summers considers aspects of early railway electrification and its competition from steam traction.

Steam, Passion and Bogies - Adrian Gray writes about the tangled relationship between the loco engineer Robert Fairlie, the manufacturer George England and the latter's daughter.

Small but Perfectly Formed - four colour pages of the GWR's small '1361', '1366' and '1600' Class tank engines.

Branch Train to Brecon - two colour photos of the Hereford to Brecon branch.

The RAF 'Castles' of the Great Western Railway - Andrew Wilson looks at the history of the 'Castle' Class engines named after Royal Air Force aircraft of the Second World War.

The 'Ashington Tankey' - Glen Kilday describes the working of the National Coal Board's passenger trains in Northumberland.

A day spent at Bletchley - a colour spread by David Idle at Bletchley station in February 1964.

Track Renewals of Yesteryear - Michael B. Binks concludes his account of how railways planned and undertook major permanent way renewal programmes.

Images of Oldham's Railways - Jeffrey Wells presents an illustrated view of the scene in the 1950s and '60s.

Hard Work and a Good Trip - more footplate recollections from Bletchley fireman Peter Wince.

East Riding Country Junctions - colour photos by J. S. Gilks of Market Weighton and Beverley stations.