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 Posted: Thu Oct 30th, 2014 09:37 pm
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Besides trains, my other big hobby is music. I really only "discovered" the music I like a few years ago when I found a discarded MP3 player that had a ton of classic songs on it. Later on, I liked to have music playing when I was operating the railroad since it emersed me more into the layout.

So that got me thinking, what sort of music do you listen to or think about when around trains? Or am I just an odd person?

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 Posted: Thu Oct 30th, 2014 09:43 pm
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Hi James,

Strangely eneough when I am "around trains" is one of the few times I don't think about music or have a tune in my head.

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I don't actively pick my music often as my iPod is always on shuffle, but I can't help but notice how often Johnny Cash uses a rhythm that sounds like a train rambling down the rails.

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Hello James...Like you I am an audiophile...I love music and sound generally. At the moment I am fiddling with my TASCAM DP03 8track mixer recorder trying to make a soundscape....lots of little noises for industries, country sounds, everything except the sound of the trains. I had not considered adding music..I was more focussed on the actual song "effect" part of the composition..thanks for getting me to think a bit more broadly. Greg in Australia.

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I suppose that we ancient ones are supposed to say

Chattanooga Choo Choo.

I listen to Celtic or Classical when I work, but not when I am running, or driving (for the UK group)

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 Posted: Fri Oct 31st, 2014 04:19 pm
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When I was riding the Royal Gorge back in 2012, I remember that over the intercom system they were playing all sorts of train related songs.

As for Johnny Cash, I finally got that rhythm down on the guitar. It was actually three instruments; the Tennessee two with a bass and electric guitar. The bass would be doing an alternating beat, the electric guitar would be doing the melody. Cash often was muting the strings with his playing hand or had paper woven between the strings to give it a snare drum type of sound.

Anyways, back to trains and music.

I have a hunch that operating a layout while listening to music that sets the scene would immerse people into their layouts much more. Like bluegrass music for Appalachia, Old country music for the great plains, spanish for the Southwest. Or instrumental Jazz for a large eastern or midwest city layout.

It's interesting to hear the variety of music we listen to, despite all of us sharing the hobby of model railroading.

--James:java:



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I like the "Wabash Canonball"... But I have a followup question; Do sound locos get annoying? I run with sound for a while, then I start muting locos. In fact, when the house is very quiet, my trains have their own, natural sounds. I like the sound of the wheels on the track, the skimming sound of the coupler horn on the Kadee magnets, and sometime I can even hear the couplers uncouple. Loco speakers cover this.

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I'd say that I prefer music playing in the background to listening to sound locomotives. sOmetimes though, hearing the electric motor of a locomotive humming can e annoying as well.

So, I guess I'm not really attracted to sound equipped locomotives or to the normal sounds a model makes, at least not when I could be listening to something better. Heck, I sometimes would listen to the radio.

By the way Kyle, you've got some pretty good models on your site, it was a joy to click through the pictures.

--James:java:

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I find train references in a lot of songs. This is my favorite

I wish I was a headlight, on a North bound train;
I wish I was a headlight, on a North bound train;
I'd shine my light through cool Colorado rain.

It's chorus from a Grateful Dead song "I know you Rider". I'd sing it to myself whenever it started to rain and was northbound when I worked on the "Silverton".



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Only music I hear when playing with my trains outdoors are the songs of birds and the rustle of leaves. More or less like the real thing. 😀



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