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 there are two articles about military traffic, the first being about the movement oft MOD stores after the ending of the Speedlink network in 1991. There is a portrait of the Gosport branch in the late 1980s when naval stores were carried by rail. We look at the former Great Western & Great Central Joint Line and the ‘Bicester Cut-Off’ during the 1980s when the line carried only minimal traffic but had some interesting locomotive haulage of passenger trains. We take a look at the end of the EPB electric multiple unit era on the lines around Horsham and Dorking. For European enthusiasts we start a two part series about the electric locomotives of Belgium built from the 1950s onwards. We take a look at the West Coast Main Line from Shap Summit to Lancaster with a variety of diesel motive power. There is a feature about Brookhouse Colliery by the Sheffield to Lincoln line and compare it to today’s scene. For fans of industrial locomotives we take a look at the products of the Stafford based company of Bagnalls. In TRACTION MODELLING we present the 4mm scale terminal layout Alderford with its overhead 25Kv AC electrification, an impressive station building and overall roof.