Trying to find out if audio of steam engine is appropriate for time period

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RLMG_research

New Member
Hi, I have an audio clip of a steam engine that we're using to depict the sounds of a train station in the mid-1800s. It may be fabricated (which I didn't even know you could do, but that would make sense, since I assume most functioning mid-1800s engines and sound recording tech didn't overlap much), but I'd like to know if it's at least in the ballpark. Would anyone mind taking a listen and giving me an opinion?

Sample clip
 

bnsf971

Roadmaster
Probably easiest would be to upload it, and post a link here.
I can tell you most steam engines of that time wouldn’t sound like a giant chugging beast, it would be more a soft-ish chuff chuff sound.
 

RLMG_research

New Member
Probably easiest would be to upload it, and post a link here.
I can tell you most steam engines of that time wouldn’t sound like a giant chugging beast, it would be more a soft-ish chuff chuff sound.
Thank you! It sounds like chuff chuff to me, but I don't have a lot to compare it to. Here's a link to Vimeo – let me know if you can't play it: Vimeo link
 

bnsf971

Roadmaster
Here is a link to a youtube video of a "modern" large steam locomotive. Around the 3 minute mark is the sounds that would give away the fact it is not an 1880s-era machine. You should be able to tell the difference between your sound recording and this one:
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
Give me a day or two and I will post some recordings of both the Omaha Zoo's 25 ton 1890 Austrian 0-6-2T loco and the 1968 4-4-0. Your sound is good. Another place to listen to is the Cumbres and Toltec videos featuring the 4-4-0's that came to visit last year.
 




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