- 15 Jan 2015
was a nice view point/video, used to live near harringay/the depot and that was train noise 24/7 but i found it would help you drift off to sleep sometimes where i live now is complete silence, bit too quiet for me
The post above appeared in the thread about the return of the 442s, but rather than drag that more off-topic, it prompted me to start a new one with a couple of my memories of railway sounds of years ago.
When I was a child, my grandparents lived near Harringay station too, and well within earshot of the extensive carriage sidings at Ferme Park. I can remember falling asleep to the sound of steam shunters working and whistling, which I think went on all night. I *think* I can remember hearing them all whistling at midnight to usher in the New Year, but it's possible that I've just read about that since, and assumed that I'd heard it myself.
At around the same time, my parents and I lived within earshot of the Sutton Park line, and another clear memory is lying in bed early on a frosty winter morning, listening to a steam hauled goods train trying to climb the bank from Penns Lane towards Sutton Park. Several times it slipped to a stand, and each time the driver very gradually got it moving again, up to maybe walking pace, then the loco lost its footing and the sequence began again. That must have happened four or five times over the fifteen minutes or so that I could hear it, probably covering only a mile or so in that time.
In later life I've lived in several places where I could hear trains but only distantly, and none were as evocative as the sounds of steam in the 1950s and 60s.