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The Record Press 'Sounds of Steam' Sampler CD

This is the running order of the Sampler CD which is supplied with the
Record Press book 'Sounds of Steam' by Mark Jones

A limited number of sampler CDs are available separately for £5 + p&p. Email Mark directly for details.

Band 1. At York Station. Unidentified express from Edinburgh enters station. 60941 (V2) from Newcastle heads out to Liverpool. Wheel tapper taps as 68250 (J71) moves away in background. 60157 'Great Eastern' (A1) slips with northbound Tees-Tyne Pullman. 61415 (B16) runs light through station. 60048 'Doncaster' (A3) heads north to south through station with fitted freight.

Band 2. On the Hereford-Abergavenny line at Llanvihangel Summit on a November night in 1960. 5322 (4300 class) at head of southbound loose freight stands in loop near the station. 6834 'Dummer Grange' (6800 class) approaches with fitted freight from north, heads through station with whistle. 5322 heads out, stops and resumes.

Band 3. On the Settle-Carlisle line at Ribblehead Station on a November night in 1961. A strong wind, saturated with chilling drizzle, blows from Blea Moor. The Carlisle-Bradford stopping train approaches the station, coasting down the 1 in 100 gradient, into the station, headed by an unidentified Black Five. Bells ring in the signal box and a railwaymen heads home on his motorcycle. Another unidentified Black Five approaches with a northbound freight, climbing from Settle, toward Ribblehead in a now gale force wind. The exhaust beat quickens as the freight reaches the slightly easier 1 in 176 section through the station, then climbs the 1 in 100 section with echoes thanks to the wind. After the telephone rings, unheeded, we hear the sound of the engine, now beyond the end of the viaduct, slipping, regaining adhesion and heading into a rock cutting towards Blea Moor tunnel.

Band 4. At Exeter St. David's Station, on the Southern Region main line in 1958. 30317 (700 class) pilots 34034 'Honiton' (WC) out of station with 32124 (E1/R class) banking. Unidentified WR express passes in background as 34003 'Plymouth' heads an express out, banked by 32697 and 32135 (both E1/R class). Bankers 32124 and 32697 (both E1/R class) pass running light whilst 34104 'Bere Alston' (WC) is ready to leave. An unidentified Weston Region express passes as 34104 leaves, banked by 32135.

Band 5. At Templecombe Station on the Southern Region West of England main line and the Somerset and Dorset line. 34002 'Salisbury' (WC) in the west yard with train of empty coaches. 3720 (5700 class pannier) trundles past with vans. 34063 '229 Squadron' (BB) passes with the 'Atlantic Coast Express'. Unidentified loco whistles on approach from S&D line as 3720 passes. 30910 'Merchant Taylors' (School) heads out with passenger train to Exeter. 35008 'Orient Line' (MN) runs east through station with express. 30523 (H15) starts from station and 34022 'Exmoor' (WC) heads in to stop with an up passenger. 34109 'Sir Trafford Leigh Mallory' (BB) heads past with slow freight as 41248 (Class 2) heads out from the S&D platform.

Band 6. At Dent Station signal box on the Settle and Carlisle line. A strong breeze, blowing from Blea Moor, hums and sighs through the lineside telegraph wires, whilst we hear the signalman at work in the signal box, on the telephone and chatting to a coal merchant in the yard below. He acknowledges bell codes and expresses some strong opinions about the driver of the 11 o'clock freight from Leeds, which is half an hour late! Signal levers are pulled and the offending freight train whistles in the distance. 48283 (8F) rattles past ('faster than the blooming Scotsman') on the 1 in 264 climb toward Dent, tears through Dent Station, swings away under a road bridge and through a cutting toward Rise Hill Tunnel.

Band 7. On board a five coach Templecombe-Bath Greek Park train on the Somerset and Dorset line. Unedited extract from recording from October 1960. Soon after leaving Evercreech New on the 2.5 mile 1 in 50 climb to Shepton Mallet, it is obvious that all is not well with 4-6-0, No. 75073 (Standard Class 4). Speed drops to 13.5 mph. It takes 4.5 minutes to cover one mile to Cannard's Grave and the driver tries desperately to prevent the brakes from leaking on. The summit is reached and the recording finishes with the train coasting downhill toward Shepton mallet station. This is a digitally remastered version of the track from the mono 'Trains in Trouble' EP, which has better overall dynamics than the electronically processed for [fake] stereo version as included on the 'Trains in Trouble' LP. Digital Remastering by Mark Jones at The Record Press.

Band 8. In the Istrian mountains, Slovenia, at Lupoglav Station on a stormy night in November 1970. Thunder! 28-057 (class 28 2 cylinder 0-10-0) heads freight train. Same then runs light engine, couples more trucks and heads away. (Much of the first draft of the Transacord: Sounds of Steam book was written in similar thunder storms a mere 20 or so miles from where this was recorded.)

Band 9. Steam traction engines at Appleford, Berkshire, June 1959. First, a single cylinder, two speed agricultural engine, No. 9689, built by Fowler in 1903, moves slowly past and away, whistling in the distance. Next, a three speed, compound, showman's engine, No. 3489, 'King George VI', built by Burrell in 1913, moves past and accelerates away, down the field. Now, 'Princess Mary', a Fowler ploughing engine, built in 1919, whistles and moves in the distance and another, distant, engine whistles. Finally, a single cylinder, two speed agricultural engine, No. 15710, 'Tommy', built by Fowler in 1920, approaches and moves past and away, while a steam-hauled train is faintly heard in the background, on the Western Region Didcot-Oxford line. This track is is digitally remastered version of the recording from 'The World of Steam Volume 3' LP and not from the 'Steam Traction Engines' EP, which included slightly different edits of some of the same recordings.

Digital Remastering by Mark Jones at The Record Press.


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