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Old 21-06-2018, 12:18 PM   #1
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What railway sound brings back railway memories of years past, mine is the sound of trains going over the points and the clickerty clack of the rail joints. Thats one thing I'm missing on my layout,with lots of flexitrack I've use, I'm wandering whether to bite the bullet and put cuts in my track to replicate the sound.
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If you do want to do that Roger use a slitting disc to cut about 1mm into the rail head. That will give you the sound you want.
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Clickedy clack... Its still around. Take a train on the Heart Of Wales line or a line like that. When sitting somewhere near the line you can hear the clickedy clack for miles as a train passes.
Easy to replicate the sound. Cut slots in the rails (Dont go all the way through) and stagger the slots so it adds to the effect.

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For me it's the sound of the doors slamming. Always complained if I was trying to snooze, but I now miss it. Far better than the racket made by mobile phones and music turned up to high through headphones.
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For me it's the sound of the doors slamming. Always complained if I was trying to snooze, but I now miss it. Far better than the racket made by mobile phones and music turned up to high through headphones.
Me too, coupled with the damp smell of steam heating.
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i could never listen to the clickety clack for long
nodded off in no time
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If you do want to do that Roger use a slitting disc to cut about 1mm into the rail head. That will give you the sound you want.
Hi Steve, I think that's the way fwd with my flex track.
Another sound I miss is the sound of two heavy frieght engines working hard on the steep gradient line close to where I used to live as a children the line from Crabley heath to Old Hill just outside Birmingham.
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There was a goods yard close to our house where wagons were shunted for Slough Trading Estate. The wagons were sorted by a couple of pannier tanks then taken away by industrial locos. I would watch and listen to them all day. Got the occasional ride as well.
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There was a goods yard close to our house where wagons were shunted for Slough Trading Estate. The wagons were sorted by a couple of pannier tanks then taken away by industrial locos. I would watch and listen to them all day. Got the occasional ride as well.
So you are saying that you enjoy the sound a railway makes?
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In the 1940s sitting on the embankment next to a Signal Box opposite the sidings serving Deaf Hill Colliery, Trimdon, Co Durham, watching the constant coal traffic movements........the noise of the old tank engines shunting and the couplings clanking was memorable.........HB
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