And now for something completely different...

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And now for something completely different...
Posted by ZephyrOverland on Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:59 PM

I came across an interesting radio feature on BBC Radio 3 called "Slow Radio." The current episode features a trip on the Flying Scotsman running from Manchester to Carlisle. There is no narriation and it can be compared to an aural symphony, including sounds of the steam engine at rest and at speed, people at the station and onboard, and crew members going on with their tasks. And all in high quality sound.

Its a 30 minute show, and its available on line only for a short time. Cheers Mate!

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Posted by M636C on Sunday, June 7, 2020 7:59 PM

There have been a number of similar Slow TV shows.

Norwegian TV has had a trip on the Norrlandsban from Trondhiem to Narvik in real time. To make it more interesting, they intercut views from the cab in four different seasons (but always in the correct place, with amazing fades from one to the next) views in the train, talks with crew and passengers (with a split screen showing the cab view at all times).

There was also one from Norway on the Telemark Canal where a single boat is followed all the way, with amazing responses from the towns along the way.

In Australia, there was an almost real time program on the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney (being TV they cut out the night scenes). There was a three hour edited version, that I watched...


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Posted by Aurora SL 1 on Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:23 PM

The Norwegian one is fascinating and I agree, the fades from one scene to the next are brilliant.

I enjoyed the Indian Pacific 'slow TV', both the three hour edit and the longer version but I was distracted by the lack of crosses, even in the longer one. I may have missed others but I think I saw only one cross in the whole thing. 

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Posted by wjstix on Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:34 AM

While "Railroad Alaska" program was on (Discovery Channel), they did a special a couple of Thanksgivings back where they had an engine mounted camera showing a train running from one end of the line to the other, something like 4-6 hours as I recall.



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