TR (mono) & ZTR (stereo) Argo Transacord LP series
Although the dates given on the discs and covers were often those of the initial releases, as far as I can work out the TR and ZTR series began to be issued in 1969 and were initially taken up with re-releases of DA and ZDA series albums (see comments below).
|Issue No||First release||Details||Pic|
|West Highland Line
Steam locomotives of the former NBR. LNER and LMS at work at various locations on the West Highland line, during winter and spring, in the 1950s.
Ex LMS and other steam locomotives, heard from the lineside, at various locations between Tebay and Shap Summit, between 1958 and 1960
|Somerset and Dorset
Steam locomotives of various types, at work on the S&D line, at different locations between Evercreech Junction and Masbury in 1956 and a journey on the double headed Pines Express, between Bath and Evercreech Junction.
Cover here is from 1969 re-release, I think.
|West of Exeter
1957 and 58 recordings of GWR steam locomotives at Dainton and Exeter and from inside signal boxes at Tigley and Exeter.
|Trains in the Night
1959, 1961 and 1962 recordings at Bromsgrove on the GW & GC line, on the Central Wales line and on the Carlisle-Edinburgh line
||1962 ZDA 13||Newfoundland Heads the Waverley
Journey on Waverley Express, hauled by Jubilee 4-6-0 Newfoundland, between Hellifield and Blea Moor. Lineside recordings at Dent and Ribblehead in 1960.
First Peter Handford stereo recording issued?
|The Great Eastern
1950s recordings of locomotives of various classes at work on Great Eastern lines.
||1963 ZDA 21||The Triumph of an A4 Pacific
Recording of May 1959 record-breaking run between Doncaster and Kings Cross on the SLS special train, headed by Sir Nigel Gresley driven by Bill Hoole.
||1963 ZDA 22||Trains in the Hills
Lineside recordings of locomotives of the London Midland and Western regions at Shap, Blea Moor, Abergavenny and on the Lickey Incline.
||1963 ZDA 23||Whistling Through Dixie
Recordings of locomotives in the Southern States
||1963 ZDA 24||Sunday Only
Recordings of Sunday excursion trains between Chicago and the Great Lakes
||1963 ZDA 25||Steam Railroading Under Thundering Skies
Recordings of two journeys on the Bonhomie and Hattiesburg Southern in Mississippi
DA 28 ZDA 28
|Rhythms of Steam
Lineside recordings at Tyndrum, Tyne Dock, Hitchin, Templecombe, Montrose and Barkston Junction. A journey on a special train, hauled by the Midland Compound 4-4-0, No 1000.
|Working on the Footplate
Footplate recordings of: an A4 Pacific with Aberdeen-Glasgow express, a V2 2-6-2 with an Edinburgh-Dundee freight train, a Class 5 4-6-0 with a Swansea-Shrewsbury passenger train and an 8F 2-8-0 with a Shrewsbury-Swansea freight train.
|The Power of Steam
Nine-track compilation featuring The Waverley Route, The Lickey bank, Basingstoke, The West Highland line (Ardlui), Bargany (NCB line in Ayrshire) and Shap.
|Sounds of the Sea and Ships Tracks include: On the sea shore: The soft sea of a summer afternoon; The angry sea of winter; The lighthouse sounds its warning in a sea mist. A foggy night in a busy port; Crossing the Mersey on board the SS Clang/ton. On board a steamship: In the engine room and on deck. On board ship: At sea in foul weather. Evening in harbour: The fishing boats leaving harbour at Whitby.|
|The Great Western
Lineside recordings of Great Western locomotives at Hatton, Abergavenny, Chalford, Princes Risborough and Evershot.
||1967 ZDA 48||Trains to Remember
Recordings made during a night at Grantham Station, on the Scarborough-Whitby-Pickering line, on the Central Wales line, on the Lickey Incline, on the Stranraer-Ayr line and at Talerddig Station.
Steam railways of the western division of the SNCF, the Northern division at Caffiers, the South Eastern region at Randan & St Germain-des-Fosses and South Western region at La Bourboule.
Locomotives include G class pacifics, R class Mikados, P class 4-8-2s.
|London’s Last Trams
A documentary recording of the closing down (1950-52) of London’s Tramways. John Holmes (narrator) with the voices of Robert Mellish, J. Geoghegan, K. W. K. Edgley, A. Carr, E. Ling Cooper, and J.C. Hounsfield. Made by amateurs with the primitive tape equipment of the time.
|Echoes of Engines
Steam locomotives at work at Gresford, Montrose, Okehampton and on the Carlisle-Edinburgh line. Inside the signal box at Meldon Junction
|Trains in Spain
Lineside recordings of 5ft 6in gauge steam locomotives at work on the Spanish Railways RENFE: a La Parrilla and near Fuente la Higuera; on the heavily graded Valencia-La Encina line; climbing near Vilavert on the Tarragona-Lerida line and at Castejon de Ebro, an important junction on the Zaragoza-Miranda de Ebro and Madrid-Pamplona lines.
|ZTR 123||1969 ZDA 109||Copper Capped Engines
Locomotives at work at Talerddig, Basingstoke, Llanvihangel, Princes Risborough, Gresford and Evershot Tunnel.
(see comments below)
|Vive La Vapeur
French Railways (SNCF) locomotives of various types at Breaute, Beuzeville, Argentan, St Germain des Fosses and Eygurande, plus a journey on a steeply graded line in the Auvergne.
|ZTR 125||1970||The Knotty
A musical documentary commemorating the old North Staffs Railway in verse and song. Performed at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
|ZTR 126||1970||The Railway to Riccarton
Recording of steam on the old ‘Waverley’ route in the spring of 1961. The hard slog up to Whitrope is featured as is the approach to Riccarton. Some of the locos featured are: A3s, J36s, V2s, Std Cl2 (78xxxx class), K3s, A1’s, J37’s
(thanks to Jonny Paul for back-to-front cover pic by Paul Riley, king of the telephoto lens, folk group roadie and all-round steam-chase nutter)
|TR 127||1970?||Charlotte Mitchell – Twelve Burnt Saucepans.
Sub-titled "A family year – seen through the haze -in verses written and read by Charlotte Mitchell"
|ZTR 128||1971||Steam on the Lickey Incline
1959 recordings of locomotives of various types, working goods and passenger trains on the Lickey Incline, between Bromsgrove and Blackwell.
|ZTR 129||1971||Engines on the Bundesbahn
1970 recordings of locomotives, goods and passenger trains made in various locations in West Germany.
|TR 130||1971||Orient Express
18 separate steam locomotives featured on a typical journey on the Orient express from Yugoslavia to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Recordings made on a number of journeys between 1965 and 1970.
|ZTR 131||1972||Trains in the Fifties
Late fifties recordings at work at Hitchin, Durham, Abergavenny, Beattock, Basingstoke and Llangunllo.
|ZTR 132||1971||The Greatest Cars in the World
The Rolls Royce Story & The Bentley Story
Narrated by Roger Snowdon
|TR 133||1972||Trains in Turkey|
|TR 134||1972||North of Kings Cross
Recordings of LNER steam locomotives at Kings Cross, Hitchin, Peterborough, Stoke Tunnel, Retford, Edinburgh and Whitrope.
|ZTR 136||1973||New Zealand Steam Safari
Steam locomotives on the 3ft. 6in. gauge
|ZTR 137||1973||Steam Over Switzerland Recordings on the Vitznau-Rigi & Brienz-Rothorn rack railways, The Blonay-Chamby, the Bodensee-Toggenburg & the Winterthur-Romanshorn lines plus the paddle steamer on Lake Lucerne|
|TR 138||1973||Engines in Germany
East German and West German Pacific locomotives and other types at work in West Germany. A companion record to ZTR 129, Engines on the Bundesbahn.
|ZTR 139||1974||The Sounds of Bygone Transport
London Tram class E/3-Kingsway Subway. Paddle Steamer "Medway Queen". London Tram class E/3Route 33. London Bus LT type-Route 227. London Tram class E/3-Plough Change. Floating Bridge-Portsmouth Harbour. London Tram exWest Ham-Route 38. Portsmouth Corporation Buss-Route 38. The Mersey Railway. London Tram class E/3-Route 31. London Underground_ InnerCircle.
|TR 140||Engines from Derby and Crewe LMS type locomotives built in Derby or Crewe at work at different locations on British Railways. Recorded between 1955 and 1965.|
||1975||Westerns – Diesel Hydraulics on the Western Regionin 1974
Not a Transacord recording, but one made by Rob Woodward and Nigel Fletcher, the founding members of pop band Staveley Makepeace, who had a novelty No 1 hit for Argo parent company Decca as Lt Pigeon in 1972 – Mouldy Old Dough.
Their Argo recordings are available repackaged in CD format here.
Info courtesy Mark Jones, who’s got a book on Transacord due out in 2011.
Originally released in 1969 by BBC Records (REB 56M)
|ZTR 143||1975||Railways Round the Clock
Compilation featuring Britannias, Stanier Black Vs’ in the early morning over Stranraer-Carlisle line, 8Fs, Fowler Tanks 2-6-4T, Coronations & Citys over Shap at dawn, GWR 28xx 2-8-0, Kings and Merchant Navys on Chester-Shrewsbury line, S & D country for 2Ps, Schools & Std Vs n the afternnon, plus Carlisle Settle in late evening with more Black Vs fighting the wind and gradient.
‘The Authentic Sounds of D-Day’, recorded in June 1944.
Diesel electric locomotives on British Rail Eastern Region in 1975
Another Staveley-Makepeace recording, available as repackaged CD here.
|ZTR 146||1977||Sounds of Historic Aeroplanes|
|ZTR 147||1975||Diesels in the Highlands
Another Staveley-Makepeace recording, featuring BRCW Class 26’s Sulzer Class 25’s, 40’s , 47’s and a 6 car DMU on the far north lines inc the Kyle line, the freight line from Aberdeen to Fraserborough and Carrbridge to Inverness.
Available as repackaged CD here.
Thanks to Mark Jones for info.
|ZTR 148||1978||Steam in All Directions
Steam locomotives of various types, at work on railways in England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Italy, Romania and Yugoslavia.
|ZTR 149||1978||Steam Through All Seasons
Steam locomotives at work at Barkston Junction, Llanvihangel, Princes Risborough, Bromsgrove, Knucklas and on the climb to Qhitrope Summit. Abroad, a Maffei Pacific in Romani a, a 2-8-0 in the Dolomites and a 2-10-0 in Germany.