Deltic . .Western . .Whistler . .
as a companion title to DIESELS IN
PRESERVATION, this video is another of our "Wired for
Sound" specials, featuring THREE footplate journeys aboard THREE
classes of diesel locomotive - each on a different line!
The action is provided by a trio of popular machines - 55015 Tulyar,
running at the Midland Railway Centre in Derbyshire between Riddings and
Hammersmith, D1062 Western Courier on a return trip over the
delightfully scenic Severn Valley Railway and, finally, 40145 powering
uphill between Bury and Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway.
The locomotives are each fitted with a different type of power unit -
the Napier - engined Deltic, the Maybach-powered Western, and the classic English
Electric 16SVT of the Class 40. To capture the audio characteristics of
these machines, microphones were strategically placed in each locomotive
and the soundtrack recorded in Hi-Fi. The Western and Whistler are heard at their best from
the rear cabs, while the sound of the Deltic was recorded as few have
heard it before - from inside the engine-room!
Thanks to some fine spirited running, these three classic classes
produce some outstanding audio entertainment and offer a nostalgic
reminder of the era of loco-hauled travel.
"This video brings back the feeling of the
classic ‘diesel thrash’ we used to experience on the main
line." RAILWAY MAGAZINE