Sunday afternoon at our model RR club I had the impulse to pull out a binder of 1940s and 1950s Model Railroader magazines.
November 1949 issue editorial on page 17, by John Page, "Sound - A New Challenge"
Used my camera to take a 'spy shot' of the page, and the last paragraph.
"Good railroad sound effects would be a fascinating auxiliary to any pike. If they are possible at moderate cost, the time may come when a "silent" pike will be as outdated and "flat" as the silent movie today. But if sound is worth having at all, it's worth doing right, and that's going to take suitable recordings and more "know-how" on the subject than we have at present.
Who has more ideas to keep the ball rolling?"
Interesting, was being plotted over six decades back.
____________________ See y'all later, Forrest. Screw the rivets, I'm building for atmosphere
Here's another area of noise that needs considering...inside boxcars!
Basically what we have is a drum, or set of drums, rolling around the layout. I ran a train the other day with various types of cars (box, tank, flat, etc) and noticed as the boxcars went by the sound seemed to increase
What I intend to do is place some foam rubber blocks inside the boxcars and take readings to see if the noise decreases.
This post is over a year old but could use some new ideas. I found that lining a plastic car body with various amounts of Dynamat worked well to reduce the noise. Decoupling the wheels from the car body (mount the trucks with screws isolated with o-rings and rubber tubing) may also have some effect.
____________________ Monorail modelers have a one track mind.