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In this edition of TRACTION we begin with a visit to Mossend Yard, the major rail freight centre in Scotland. John Dedman spent a day in June 1989 photographing freight train operations there. We start with the morning trains in this issue and will return in TRACTION 270 to view afternoon and early evening workings.


David Hayes conclude his article ‘Remembering the MoD Trains’ by looking at the post privatisation years of military traffic. David Ratcliffe’s ‘Warwells and Warflats’ complimentary feature shows us some of the specialised wagons used by the MOD.


The ‘Deltics’ are an ever popular and much missed locomotive class so Ben Wyvis’ article ‘My 22 Old Friends’ will bring back many happy memories. With each locomotive needing its own photograph we have decided to split the article into two parts with the first part covering 55001 to 55011 and the remainder following in TRACTION 270.


Liverpool Lime Street can be a photographer’s delight with many dramatic views possible so when we asked Gavin Morrison to provide images for a feature about the station we were not disappointed with his choice.


In our European section we conclude Colin Boocock’s look at some of the early Belgian electric locomotives, this time looking at those built in the 1960s and early 1970s.


Between 1968 and 1972 one third of BR’s diesel classes became extinct, an incredible waste of resources one could argue, but in ‘The great diesel traction extinction event’ David Clough explains why this happened. In TRACTION MODELLING our featured layout, Annesley Woodhouse, is a superb modern era layout inspired by the real life Mansfield Woodhouse but developed to give greater operational interest.


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