The Driving Creek Railway is a real Coromandel icon. check out their website here for info on the trains, potteries, and conservation that is all a part of this magical place.
Eccentric creator – Barry Brickel – had asked me to capture some of the sounds of the place, and compile/edit these into interesting auditory adventures. Basically short audio clips that can draw the listener in to the world of Driving Creek Railway.
Here’s one of them. This is the sound of one of the trains approaching a bridge. You can hear the train approaching from quite far off, and also the ‘toots’ as it passes through the tunnel about 50 meters before the bridge.
It was recorded with two small pencil microphones, one on each side of the railway tracks. I put them as close as possible to capture as much of the crisp metal sounds as possible – about 5 cm away from the tracks – just out of the way of the wheels, and pointing towards the rails and down the line a bit, at a 45 degree angle.
I then mixed in a bit of the ambient sounds of the valley below the bridge, just to give a bit of environmental context to the recording.