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Sounds of Steam Locomotives, No. 2: Stack Music Sampler; or Make Up of a Train

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Sounds of Steam Locomotives, No. 2: Stack Music Sampler; or Make Up of a Train

In 1957 Vinton Wight recorded and collected the sounds various different Steam Locomotives. He explains that “Stack Music” is “that delightful sound caused by super heated steam, exhausted from the cylinder, through the stack of a locomotive.” Other sounds include the wheels clanking on the tracks, bells ringing and other engine sounds, all of which create an interesting rhythmic listen. As Wight says of train sounds: they can be “soft and soothing” or “loud and commanding”; a sort of “symphony”. Liner notes include information on each train and a biography of Wight.

Track Listing

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No. 510 Switching n/a 4:29
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No. 4958 Leaving Yards n/a 1:24
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No. 5116 Climbing to Elevator n/a 2:22
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No. 5112 Struggling Spotting Cars n/a 1:52
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No. 4958 Returning to Yard with Empties n/a 2:54
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No. 5344 Simmering on Ready Track n/a 2:59
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No. 5351 Up to Crossing and Back n/a 1:41
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No. 5504 Leaving Yards with Train n/a 1:40
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No. 5355 Passing n/a 1:41
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No. 5505 Switching at Ashland n/a 2:10
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No. 5504 Woodlawn Run n/a 4:08
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No. 5347 and Helper No. 7000 near Firth n/a 3:49
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No. 5335 Pulling into Yards n/a 2:15
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No. 5504 Light to Roundhouse n/a 1:28
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No. 5334 and No. 5351 from RH Simmering and Switching n/a 6:50
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