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TRACTION 267 the January/ February 2022 issue will be on sale from November 26th.


In this issue we look in some detail at four very varied freight operations in different parts of Britain.


The first is an example of the now virtually extinct ‘trip’ freight train. David Ratcliffe takes us on a journey from the former Speedlink hub at Warrington to Horwich to visit a variety of locations in Lancashire.


Moving south, Nick Gerrard looks at coal train operations on the branch to Norton Colliery near Stoke-on-Trent.


On the south coast John Dedman guides us through the surprising number of cement train operations that could be found around Southampton.


Finally, Steve Stubbs describes the specialised wagons used on trains to Lavant quarry near Chichester.


In the last issue of TRACTION we looked in detail at rail operations in the Republic of Ireland in the 1990s. We now move to Northern Ireland back in the 1970s, a time of great difficulty for both the population and, inevitably, its railways. Jonathan Allen guides us through those years and reveals what an interesting system it was even in those dark days.


J. Crosse takes us on an enthusiast’s coach tour to Crewe and the surrounding depots in 1967; what a fascinating variety of locomotives were seen! Alan Greest concludes his trilogy of articles about his railway trips, this time to Scotland.


In our photo feature Gavin Morrison takes us back to the days before electrification of the West Coast Main Line on the section between Carlisle and Shap when English Electric and Brush Type 4s graced the head of expresses and Freightliner trains.


Former railwayman S. G. Allsopp describes the difficulties that staff faced in the winter at Derby diesel depot and the precautions that were taken to avoid frost damage to locomotives.


In TRACTION MODELLING we have a ‘follow on’ modelling article to our series of prototype articles in TRACTION 255 and 256 about the UKF fertiliser trains. James Smith shows us how he modified the rather basic ready to run models to produce better UKF PWA wagons for his layout.


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