You call this music?

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Big Big Train recorded an album called “English Electric”. But here is some actual English Electric 16SCVT music from around 1990 on the West of England line. It’s a sobering thought that these locomotives have been gone for more than 20 years, and some of the surviving preserved examples have now been museum pieces for longer than they were in traffic with British Rail.

Your definition of music may vary, but for me this qualifies, especially from about a minute in.

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4 Responses to You call this music?

  1. Chris Hall says:

    About a minute in it starts sounding like Hawkwind!

  2. Tim Hall says:

    I thought HSTs with the original Paxman Valentas were more Hawkwind.

  3. Oh this all so true! My entire love of prog rock comes, I’m sure, from listening to the sounds of class 205/207 DEMUs at Fareham station as a young boy, especially the rise and fall when waiting to depart. See 0.20 seconds in of the attached You Tube video.

  4. Tim Hall says:

    Nothing quite like the old Thumpers. The one train that had seating accomodation on board what was effectively the locomotive.