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Diesels in the Highlands: Argo/Staveley Makepeace

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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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Because you can never have too many photos of a steaming 26019

26019 steams away

26019 steams away; secondman in repose…

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A snowy scene

Going over the top…

26015 in the snow

26015 in the snow

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A Christmas present from 6LDA: issue 7 of Circuit

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Going Dutch

26008 at Waverley

26008 at Waverley

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Ambition knows no bounds

The 14.40 Aberdeen – Edinburgh on October 27th 1980 receives the assistance of 26029 after a minor fault was reported with the Class 55. Photo by friend of the site Mike Cooper; hosted on David Hill’s marvellous 25 pages

The nights are fair drawing in

26034 at Preston 23rd March 1988

26034 at Preston 23rd March 1988

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Sweet 26025

26025 running light through Polmadie on 25th April 1977.

26025 running light through Polmadie on 25th April 1977.

“Shall we mourn your decline with some thunderbird wine…

White discs, black edge

Catcher space, rail blue etc etc”

With many apologies to Ian Dury… 

Running light through Polmadie on 24th April 1977.

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Grey hat for a grey day

26006 at Eastfield 29th April 1989

26006 at Eastfield 29th April 1989

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Trains that are somewhat shorter than their traction No.1

26002 at Saughton

26002 at Saughton

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