"Ed has become my new hero for submitting a real one-of-a-kind tape... (He) has done a great job of capturing clean, clear, stereo trains of all varieties... This is a first rate recording..." ---Michael Laskow, Recording Magazine
Thunder on the Steel
The diesel segments were recorded at Southern Pacific train yard Ozol, in Martinez, California. In the switching yard segment, the three engines are started and warmed up before going into service (track #20). A scanner enables us to listen in on the 2-way communications between the engineers and the yard personnel (track #21). In long cuts in the cab of the steam segments, the shifting of sound is caused by the recordist trying to stay out of the way of the engineers, still capturing the activities, and dealing with the tremendous decibel levels.
Steam Segment - Georgetown Loop RR
Switching Yard Segment