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.
We start with an article about a type of freight service that has almost completely disappeared from Britain’s railway, the trip freight train. We have two articles about railways in the north east of Britain. The first recalls a night spent on Newcastle Central in 1975 revealing just how much traffic could be seen during the hours when few enthusiasts ventured out. The early years of diesel multiple unit operations on the North Eastern Region is the subject of another article. We have the second part of an enthusiast’s personal memories of the ‘Deltics’ this time looking at Nos. 55012 to 55022. Moving to Scotland there is a survey of traffic at Mossend yard, looking at afternoon and evening traffic. The Glasgow ‘Blue Trains’, or Class 303s, feature in this issue’s photographic feature. In TRACTION MODELLING the featured layout ‘Deeping Lane ’ is a compact 4mm scale diesel depot which its owner has adapted from a layout that he bought from another modeller.