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Long Form Train Videos To Relax By

During work sessions in class when people are focused on modelling I show a train video. It’s been the now-classic NRK video of a train trip from Bergen to Oslo from 2009 (which has been updated with a season selector), and to be honest, I’m bored of it.

I recently chanced across an article in The Guardian about the joys of slowing down and watching long form train videos. It turns out, to find a near endless supply of videos on YouTube is to search for train cab videos.

The article also points to an excellent post on MetaFilter of long train videos. Including this one from Salzburg to Villach.

It looks like I’ll be set for “entertaining” classes for years to come!

Good Train Audio is Hard to Get

Trains are awesome, and train games can be a ton of fun (at least for “railfans“). As you can see from the video above, the sound a train makes is just as important as the train itself.

The audio specialists at Boom Library were asked for good train audio, something they didn’t have, so they did something I’ve always wanted to do: rent a train!

They have a great behind the scenes post on how they setup their equipment to get proper audio recordings.

After that we recorded drive bys. We did some normal microphone settings but also attached one omni mic to the rails for extreme close ups of wheels rolling by. We again tried a contact mic with no luck, it just sounded so much worse compared to the omni duct-taped onto the rail and had no useful special character to it either. We used another stereo set to follow the train extremely close for some nice clacks.

And if all that wasn’t enough:

After this day was done we were able to get a small steam train in England to take us on a trip in the locomotive and a large steam train in South Africa as well as modern electrical trains in Austria.

Maybe the train audio isn’t so hard to get as fun to get.

Thanks to Troy!

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