Rapid Transit Systems – Updated 2018

During the last years I have travelled quite a bit either due to work, pleasure or both, and I have had the chance to hop on/off and record trains in several cities around the world. Some of these are reflected in the map below. Recordings were carried out to capture the train moving and from an interior perspective which I’ll focus on this post. Stay tuned on exterior and platform/lobby perspectives in further entries!

Like cities, trains have their own sound signature. Technology, age, speed, the air passing through semi-opened windows and the tunnels (or lack of) all play a fundamental role in the distinctive ‘performance’ we get from each train.

I did some editing to keep the samples below rather short and neat but anyway, you’ll be able to listen a line up of rattling produced by the carriages at high speeds, squeaking when the train driver puts the brakes on, pneumatic sliding doors and the signal indicating they are about to close or the PA announcing the next station in different languages.

TrainsTube – London

Equipment: Sound Devices 702 / DPA 4061 Pair
Date: October, 2013
Location: England

Tunnelbana – Stockholm

Equipment: Sony PCM-M10 / Sound Devices MixPre-D / DPA 4061 Pair
Date: November, 2014
Location: Sweden

Image via Wikipedia – Stockholm Metro

Metro de Madrid

Equipment: Sony PCM-M10
Date: October, 2010
Location: Spain

Московский метрополитен – Moscow

Equipment: Sony PCM-M10
Date: June, 2012
Location: Russia

Image via Wikipedia – Trains 81-740.1/741.1 and Eж at Alexandrovskiy Sad station

Métro de Paris

Equipment: Sound Devices 702 / DPA 4061 Pair
Date: March, 2014
Location: France

Metro w Warszawie

Equipment: Sony PCM-M10
Date: January, 2014
Location: Poland

Metro de Santiago

Equipment: Sony PCM-M10
Date: April, 2013
Location: Chile

Tram Metropolità d’Alacant

Equipment: Sony PCM-M10
Date: March, 2013
Location: Spain

Tram Istanbul

Equipment: Sony PCM-M10
Date: August, 2012
Location: Turkey

Image via Wikipedia – 2 Bombardier Flexity Trams runs through Hudavendigar Cd heading towards Kabataş in Istanbul

PKP Intercity Kraków – Warszawa

Equipment: Sony PCM-M10
Date: December, 2012
Location: Poland

Tram – Melbourne

Equipment: DPA D:Vice / DPA 4060 Pair / Apogee Metarecorder
Date: December, 2017
Location: Australia

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