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 we start a two part series by David Hayes about the once vibrant traffic that brought milk from all over Britain to London. In the first part we concentrate on the 1960s and 1970s. One of the more demanding tasks that any heritage group is undertaking at the moment is the re-creation of the former LMS designed Co-Co diesel No. 10000. Andrew Hoseason describes the background to the first British main line diesel and brings us up to date on progress using parts from a variety of sources. In ‘Devon Scots’ Steve Carter presents a selection of photographs of the Class 47/7s when they moved from Scotland to work trains between London Waterloo and Exeter. Ian Buck was involved in the gradual run down of the Metro-Cammell multiple units in the Glasgow and Manchester areas. He recalls their final days in traffic around Glasgow. David Ratcliffe’s feature looks back at the variety of privately owned Mark 1 coaches on the main line after they had finished working on BR services. In our last issue we covered the run down of loco haulage on Virgin Cross Country’s service. Richard Giles sent us some photos of the final weekend of summer Saturday trains to the West Country and we couldn’t resist a follow up feature! Colin Boocock returns with a study of the rather overlooked, but fascinating, railway network in one of the smallest countries in Europe: Luxembourg. In the first part of this article he concentrates on the 1960s and 1970s. The Aberdeen area freight scene is the focus of the images from Gavin Morrison’s collection. In TRACTION MODELLING...our featured layout is the superb TT gauge ‘Portsea’, inspired by Portsmouth Harbour, with green Southern Region electric multiple units and freight traffic to the naval yard.