Childhood Trains
Sandy Thacker and Steve Wadhams


In Your Ear / Ideas, CBC, Canada, 2006
Library Spotlight
Experimental, Nostalgia, Travel
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What is it about train travel that inspires music and memory? And why do people tend to confess their innermost thoughts once they get on board?

These mysteries are deftly explored in "Childhood Trains" through sound and a cast of "riders" including an 85-year-old ex-railway man, a 10-year-old train fanatic, and a writer searching for reconciliation with the father she never knew.

Credits: Sally Crooks, Bill Barr, Kinsey Posen, David Siemens, and the late Lou Greenburg. John Buchanan played the part of Tom Anderson.  Music was from the CD Machine Works by Ian Tamblyn.  Train sounds came from Edmund Eagan's CD The Sonic Ambiences of Eastern Ontario Trains.


Sandy Thacker is a CBC music producer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her instruments are piano, oboe, english horn, and bagpipes of various kinds. When she's not recording chamber music, orchestras, and soloists, Sandy likes to make radio features for programs such as Shaken Not StirredTapestry and In Performance. In 2006 Thacker was chosen to take part in In Your Ear, a documentary making/mentoring bootcamp led by Steve Wadhams of CBC's Outfront. 

Steve Wadhams is a longtime producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, who, over the course of his 40 years at the CBC, has set himself apart as a masterful documentarian. Wadhams’ work has been recognized by a Prix Italia, two Major Armstrong awards and the gold medal at the New York Festivals.  He’s currently producer of Living out Loud, a weekly one hour show devoted to personal storytelling.


"Childhood Trains" is a production of In Your Ear, a radio bootcamp led by award-winning documentary maker Steve Wadhams, of the CBC's Outfront


Posted at 03/04/2010