RES-liveried 47 734 + 47 770 approach Helsby on 1H44, 06:33 Bangor-Manchester Piccadilly on April 18, 2003. For more parcels colour, see page 10. MIKE BALL
It’s not often you get the chance to edit a magazine, especially one that has the long and well-regarded heritage that TRACTION possesses. This has only been brought about under the expert stewardship of its former editors, principally David Brown. Over the years, David has developed an excellent relationship with those who provide the superb material that appears within these covers and this will continue - do please keep the articles coming!
Talking of forthcoming items I’m delighted to announce that we’ve got a number of exciting changes ahead for your favourite magazine, starting in the April issue, which we all hope will make TRACTION an even better and more enjoyable read for your money. There will be more pages, giving space for new features, more news and more photos; but not forgetting there will also be more of the current type of features you’ve come to know and love, like railtour reminiscences, drivers’ tales, unusual workings and rare ‘cops’. The entire magazine will be given a ‘makeover’ by our expert designer Ryan - the new layout will allow us to make better use of the valuable historic material and photographs provided by both regular and new contributors. The whole magazine will be contained within a ‘new-look’ proper cover - the first time for this magazine - do look out for it in the shops!
TRACTION is a unique magazine - there’s nothing else like it in the marketplace something which I can’t emphasise enough. I want to appeal to all those who have a ‘soft spot’ for this period - that interesting time between the loss of steam on British Railways and the sanitised ‘unit-based’ railway of today - and are not readers - to give this magazine another look - it has been continuously providing the best in historical motive power for over 15 years and will continue to do so - you won’t see anything in here anywhere else - and it’s soon to be getting even better! What more reason do you need? Or why not take out a subscription? Take a look at the oﬀer on page 32.
4 Working with Class 47s
The second part of Bob Dunn’s experiences working with the class 10 Parcels Trains in the ‘90s
Trains of multi-colours photographed by Mark Brammer 12 Enthusiast or Geek?
As a ‘taster’ for his new book, published by us, Roger Taylor looks at the ‘Platform Ender’ 15 A decade at Doncaster
More photographic gems from the Peter J Rose collection 21 Tracking the Twenties
Steve Rickett had a job to do 28 Last Highland fling
Al Pulford’s over the border 36 More Golden moments
Another holiday for Adrian Willats 40 Reviews
Post-Christmas prezzies! 42 TPO
Your letters and photographs 44 East Anglian daytime DRS hauled RHTTs 2009
A yearly task seen by Steve Goodrum 46 Variety on the steels
Peter Foster’s fenland findings 48 Traction Modelling
What’s new at Warley 54 Class 73 No. 72 207
A modeller’s view of the ‘ED’ from Paul Bason
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COVER: 37 401 runs around the stock of the Fort William-Euston at Stirling. The ‘Tractor’ took the train as far as Mossend yard where it combined with the Inverness portion; 81 002 took the train to Euston. January 22, 1989. AL PULFORD
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