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Guest photo: Andrew McConnell

Class 26s - Inverness train- Glasgow Queen Street

Grainy Glasgow… 1979 Inverness morning departure… Atmospheric enough for you?


Guest photo – 5302/John Turner

A Clean Machine

From John Turner’s Flickr album – 5302 at Haymarket.

And all I ask is a 27, and the Circuit to thrash it by

27021 at Dundee

27021 at Dundee

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Inside the shed

26011 and friends

26011 and friends inside the shed.

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26046 looking smart

26046 at Motherwell on 27th May 1979.

26046 at Motherwell on 27th May 1979.

Rails n flails

26011 Waverley 1982

26011 takes a rake of flatbed wagons with rail through Edinburgh Waverley.

This is the sound, this is the sound, of the Sulzers

Diesels in the Highlands: Argo/Staveley Makepeace

Welcome, pop-pickers…

One of the very very few UK diesel LPs ever made, Diesels in the Highlands (ZTR 147) was issued on the Argo/Transacord label as an Argo/Stavely Makepeace recording.

Diesels in the Highlands LPThe label was set up by highly acclaimed film sound recordist Peter Handford; the recordings for the three diesel records released (Sounds of the Westerns; Sounds of the Deltics and Diesels in the Highlands) were done by Nigel Fletcher and Rob Woodward of the bands Stavely Makepeace and Lieutenant Pigeon.

IMG_0846This stereo record captures Class 26s; 25s, 40s , 47s and a 6 car DMU on the Far North lines including the Kyle line, the freight line from Aberdeen to Fraserburgh and Carrbridge to Inverness. Featured are 25246+25079; 26010; 26012; 26013; 26014; 26015; 26030+26009; 26031; 26032; 26036; 26042; 26044.

To date, the recording hasn’t been re-released digitally. Copies occasionally turn up on ebay at around a tenner; buy one and perplex the neighbours!

You can find out more about the history of the recordings via the Transacord Digital site and of some other railways recordings on Ian Strange’s site.

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