Imagine standing track-side as passenger trains pulled by steam locomotives race by with whistles blowing and crossing gates ringing, plus first-generation F7 diesels pulling freight cars clicking and clacking over rail joints. You will hear the power, feel the rumble, and maybe even smell the coal smoke!
This 72-minute Audio CD contains 80 original exterior recordings from the 1940s and 50s. As these trains rumble past, you will hear a wide variety of whistles blown in signature style by engineers of a bygone era. It is pure nostalgia for rail fans and the perfect add-on for model railroads. Whether for yourself or as a gift for your father or spouse, these amazing recordings will evoke memories and emotions.
"Train Sounds" was recorded by my late father, Harold Spicer, an award-winning photographer for the Baltimore News Post from 1939 to 1972. He had a passion for steam locomotives and enjoyed photographing these behemoths in action. We are fortunate he had the foresight to preserve forever the sounds of the Baltimore and Ohio, New York Central, and Pennsylvania Railroads as they barreled across the rails of the Eastern US (see photos).