Traction caters for those interested in the fascinating development of classic diesel and electric traction on the railways of mainland Britain, Ireland, continental Europe and the parts of the world where British-built locomotives have operated.
Within the pages of Traction you will find a wide variety of articles written by professional railwaymen, railway historians, photographers and enthusiasts.
You’ll also find a ‘Traction Modelling’ section of the magazine which caters for readers who have an interest in modelling the railway in the era of the classic diesel and electric motive power.
Traction is published every two months.
In this issue of TRACTION we look at the neighbouring stations of Manchester Victoria and Manchester Exchange in the 1970s and 1980s with the varied traffic of those days. A former railwayman talks about the development of loco liveries at Glasgow Eastfield, concentrating on the ‘large logo’ period. We start a major new series about the UKF fertiliser trains that could once be seen all over Britain. There is also a detailed look at the final day of operations on the Woodhead Line. If you have ever wondered why rail travel is so safe our article ‘Cracks, documents and standards’ will go some way to explaining this. The days of locomotive haulage on the Cambrian are long gone but we can relive them through photographs. We recall the last few summer Saturdays when pairs of Class 25s brought long trains of Mark 1 coaches to Aberystwyth.
TRACTION MODELLING features a superb N gauge layout, Bluebell Summit; it’s based on the West of England main line in the blue period complete with ‘Westerns’, Class 50s and HSTs. It features stunning scenery, including a large viaduct, and full length trains. Our review section looks at the marvellous new Bachmann Class 24/0.