is a Collection of Vintage Steam Train Sounds & Slides by
Included in this collection are about 500 35mm slides, at least 85
reel-to-reel tapes, 5 LP records, and assorted documents.
In the late
1940's Vinton Wight recognized that steam trains were on the way
out and that diesel would soon replace them. He set out to record
the wonderful sights and sounds of steam trains that would be lost
forever. So great were his audio recordings that Smithsonian
Folkways Recordings published some of his work (the 4 LP's are
included in this auction). These recordings can still be purchased, but only on CD or cassette).
Here's what is
in this collection:
There are about 500 slides. Most were taken in the early 1950's as
he was making his recordings. Most are mounted on the red
Kodachrome mounts. Most have the date and a description on them.
Most are shots of trains but I found some depots, snow sheds,
cabooses, rail yards, etc.
There are 85 tapes that are marked as train sounds and another 25
that could be more train stuff but I'm not sure. Most of these
include lists of exactly what, when and where was happening. He even
wrote narratives for some that read like an adventure story. On
some of the lists he's notated which individual sound tracks were published.
There are newspaper clippings featuring Vinton Wight as the
subject. There is an original photo that also appears in
one of the newspaper stories. There are lots of notes and
handwritten papers documenting the tapes.
The LP Records:
All four of his Smithsonian Folkways published LP records are in
here. Plus there's another Union Pacific picture record that
he has work on.
I'm going to go
into more detail alongside the photos below.
This lot is
presently stored in a climate controlled environment offsite. If
you have questions ask early so I'll have time to investigate the
answer and respond.