Hello, and welcome to the first issue of the new-look TRACTION! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to improve the magazine while still retaining all the parts that make it unique.
And it is this uniqueness that I’m trying to promote. TRACTION is not like any other rail magazine on the market. It doesn’t follow the shenanigans of the current train companies, with their ever-changing liveries or the workings of bland modern units through uninteresting modern stations. We want to keep the historical aspect going, TRACTION is in many ways a unique archive of photographs, unlikely to be seen anywhere else, of use not only to those wishing to relive their colourful past, but also modellers wishing to add a touch of realism to their models and their layouts.
Did I mention modellers? I know some regular readers may be a bit ‘put out’ as I appreciate that not all lovers of the prototype enjoy the miniature version. But the other way round is usually the case, and this magazine, like many others, cannot afford to ignore the modelling market; so you will notice the return to a 16 page supplement in the middle of this issue. I will do my utmost to keep all modelling within the remit of the mag - hopefully there will be no Class 70s!
As well as more modelling, the magazine has been ‘magicked’ by our superb designer, Ryan, so you’ll see a fresh new look to the regular features you know and love. We’ve also added some additional pages - the news is bigger, there’s a gallery section, a look back at a certain date in history and much more!
Do, please, let me know what you think - I hope you like what you see - we need to get the magazine right and ensure it flies off the shelves - it’s your magazine after all!
There was plenty of loco-hauled activity on the Norwich- Great Yarmouth National Express service due to the lack of DMUs through complications concerning fatalities and major exams being due. This resulted in the sight of a two-coach train plus DVT (for braking purposes) ‘top-&-tailed’ initially by two DRS Class 47s and later a 47 and a Class 20. Here we see this unusual formation, with 47 712 Pride of Carlisle and 20 304, looking very trainset-like, waiting at Norwich with the 10:00 to Yarmouth. More photos from various contributors appear on page 7. Peter Foster
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COVER: Hopefully our final look at snow this year! 37 401 + 37 423 Spirit of the Lakes coupled together in platform 4 at Inverness, having just returned from a line proving run to Aberdeen on January 8, 2010. Graeme Elgar
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We’re always looking for contributions to make TRACTION an even better read. If you can write about your experiences or history of the days before the railways became sanitised, or have some photographs of the period, whether black & white or colour, we’d love to hear from you! We can accept photos in all formats, from transparencies to digital media, though if emailing, please initially send small images. Send to: Richard Wilson, TRACTION Magazine, The Maltings, West Street, Bourne PE10 9PH.
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In the next issue... UNDERGOUND ISLAND A look at the unique rolling stock on the Isle of Wight, both past and present by Jeremy de Souza
FIFE FORAY John Chalcraft presents a selection of photos taken from Dalmany to the Forth
OPEN DAY AT HORTON ROAD This Gloucester Depot’s open day in 1990 was visited by Wayne Finch with photographic results!
The May issue of TRACTION is on sale onWednesday, April 7