THE ‘WIRED FOR SOUND’ SERIES
"Wired for Sound" series of programmes are a unique collection of ‘sight
and sound’ cab-ride videos. Not only do they depict a ‘drivers eye’ view of the route but they
also portray the sound of the locomotive hard at work. When we filmed the ‘50
Terminator’ programme back in March 1994, little did we realise that this
was to be the start of a whole range of such programmes. The
response to the video, whose splendid views of the last BR Class 50 farewell
railtour were complemented by the stunning sound of the 50s thrashing their way over some
challenging gradients, was such that we were subsequently inundated with requests for a
For that we chose to ride on a pair of St Blazey-based 37s as they hauled the last
Bullet’ that was booked for Class 37 haulage. Having again received rave
reviews, the ‘Wired for Sound’ series was born.
As you browse through the titles, you will
notice that - for a variety of reasons - virtually all of the programmes are now
history. This is due to either a) the loco class now being obsolete, b) the
traffic flow finishing or c) the train is now hauled by a Class 66! The two
exceptions are ‘Vac Attack’, (2 x Class 50 from
Glasgow to Crewe) and ‘All the Way’ (Deltic
D9000 from Kings Cross to Edinburgh) both of which feature history being
re-created by way of a railtour.
Between them the programmes cover a wide geographical area from Cornwall to
Scotland and they include main line and secondary routes together with a number of freight only
branches. The choice of motive power covers loco classes 31/33/37/47/50/55 and 56 including 'Mirrlees
Pioneer' the exceptionally loud 37 901 on a trip to Ebbw Vale.