When my wife and I visited the Lynn Valley in 2011, we discovered a small herd of cattle bathing in the river near the twin-span steel deck girder bridge. (Click on the picture below for more on the cattle.)
I’ve been working on the Lynn River scene near the water tank and wanted to add a bit of ambient sound to the scene to help bring the cows to life. This will be particularly important once I get the rest of the trees built for this area, as they will overhang the river making the cattle less obvious – and therefore a small reward for those who go looking for details on the layout.
Following yesterday’s visit from my friend Hunter Hughson, in which we ran a freight extra to Port Rowan and back, I restaged the train as it appeared after switching the terminal.
Here’s Bathing Beauties – a short video taken as Extra 80 East crosses the Lynn River:
(You can also click here to watch this video on YouTube – where you may be able to view a larger version.)
Yes, I still need to pour the water. I’m not yet ready for that. Stay tuned.
Since I’m thinking about audio a lot these days, I’ll reiterate what I wrote about the turntable video I posted ealier today:
All the sound on this video is natural – i.e.: picked up by the condenser mic on the camera, with no fiddling in the editing suite. The locomotive sound is generated by the on-board Soundtraxx Tsunami decoder, feeding two speakers – a small one in the boiler and a larger, high-bass model in the tender.
The ambient sound includes bird calls, the cattle, and – very, very quietly – some river burbling. I’m representing a fairly sedate river so the only noise the water would make is the occasional eddy around obstructions, like the centre pier of the bridge. And cow legs.