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We start this issue of TRACTION with the first part of a series of articles about the liveries applied to locomotives at Eastfield depot in Glasgow. A former member of staff, John Baker, reveals some of the intriguing details behind the development of the ‘Eastfield Style’.

 

David Hayes concludes his description of coal traffic to Ironbridge power station, this time concentrating on the period from the 1990s until its closure in 2015.

 

Our European feature looks at the development of Swiss electric locomotives in the 1960s and 1970s which produced some of the most successful Bo-Bo and Bo-Bo-Bo designs ever to run in Europe.

 

To coincide with the announcement of the forthcoming Accurascale’s Steel Coil A wagon model, John Dedman has searched his photo archive and looks at one of the last flows of traffic that used these wagons. It conveyed imported steel coils from Hamworthy in Dorset to Llanwern in South Wales.

 

Keeping main line diesels in running order is a mammoth task and the Western Locomotive Association ‘Western Ranger’ bogie overhaul is no exception when it comes to funding this type of work. Members of the society explain what is happening.

 

The humble Class 73 electro-diesel drew Lancastrian Tom Heavyside down to the south of England to photograph these locomotives hauling freight trains. He has chosen a selection of images for our enjoyment.

 

Keith Widdowson’s contributions to TRACTION are well known and this time it is the turn of his travels behind the Brush Type 2s. He first encountered the class on suburban trains out of Moorgate and King’s Cross in the 1960s.

 

The ‘Little North Western Line’ between Settle Junction, Morecambe and Carnforth has always been in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbour the Settle and Carlisle Line, but it is by no means an uninteresting route. Gavin Morrison’s selection of photos gives an idea of some of the types of traffic that used the line before it became a real railway backwater.

 

In TRACTION MODELLING we look at an intriguing N gauge layout based in spectacular scenery in the north of England and features lots of variety in the traffic to be seen. In our review section we look at the superb O Scale model of the ill fated ‘Clayton’ Bo-Bo diesel.

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