Sounds of Steam Locomotives, No. 1: Stack Music Sampler; or Steam, Steel and Action

Sounds of Steam Locomotives, No. 1: Stack Music Sampler; or Steam, Steel and Action

Various Artists FW06152 / FX 6152

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.

Year Released 1956
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1956 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Sounds
Country(s) United States
Subject(s) Sound effects
Credits

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101 2-8-2 No. 1534, Illinois Central n/a 3:26
102 2-8-2 No. 5352, Burlington n/a 2:55
103 4-8-4 No. 801, Union Pacific n/a 1:16
104 4-12-2 No. 9007, Union Pacific n/a 2:35
105 2-8-2 No. 2599, Chicago Northwestern n/a 4:20
106 4-6-4 No. 4003, Burlington n/a 3:15
107 4-6-0 No. 1353, Chicago Northwestern n/a 2:05
108 4-8-4 No. 809 with 4-6-6-4 No. 3816, Union Pacific & 4-8-4 No. 5629, Burlington "0-5" n/a 2:35
201 4-8-8-4 No. 4018, "Big Boy" Union Pacific n/a 1:44
202 4-8-2 No. 2514, Illinois Central n/a 1:35
203 0-6-0 No. 4471, Union Pacific "Switcher" n/a 1:45
204 2-8-2 No. 480, Denver Rio Grande Western n/a 4:00
205 4-6-6-4 No. 3839, Union Pacific n/a 3:30
206 2-8-2 No. 495 with 2-8-2 No. 493, Denver Rio Grande n/a 2:50
207 2-10-2 No. 809, Colorado Southern / 2-8-0 No. 648, "Switcher" & 4-8-4 No. 824 and No. 825, Union Pacific n/a 2:49
208 2-8-0 No. 648, "Switcher" n/a 2:53
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