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.
AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR READERS OF TRACTION. From the next issue we will become a section of our sister magazine BRITISH RAILWAY MODELLING. The number of pages devoted to the prototype railway will be similar but instead of TRACTION being bi-monthly TRACTION IN BRM will appear every four weeks. Existing digital subscribers will have their subscription transferred automatically.
In this issue of TRACTION we start with an account of two photographic expeditions to the Coalville line in 1986 when the line was still busy with coal traffic. Bridgwater, in Somerset, was, by comparison, a minor freight centre but still had the ‘Bridgwater Tripper’. We conclude the fascinating story of a railwayman’s experience when based at Bristol Bath Road depot. We look at BR’s once extensive operation of special passenger trains over Bank Holiday weekends showing specials to the Lancashire coast in the Preston and Wigan areas. Many the enthusiasts have discovered that Tamworth is an excellent location to watch and photograph freight traffic as its location where the Birmingham to Derby line crosses the West Coast Main Line makes it a good vantage point and we have a major feature about this station. We also take a glimpse at the ‘Other Blue Pullman’ that utilised repainted Mark 2 coaches and Class 47s. In TRACTION MODELLING our featured layout is Aldergrove an N Gauge terminus.