Audio-visuals on the 5AT and Modern Steam

Audio Recordings of Modern Steam

15 audio tracks recorded in South Africa in the early 1980s by David Wardale and Nick Bartlett are available on this website.  They include several recordings of The Red Devil, including one during which it develops an equivalent drawbar power of around 2,460 kW (3,300 h.p.) while accelerating up a 1% gradient with 1200 tonnes behind the drawbar.


Broadcasts about the 5AT and Modern Steam have not been frequent, and the only two that are known are listed here:

  • 19th July 2006 – BBC Radio 4 broadcast a program called “Steam Driven” that can still available on the BBC’s website.  The broadcast features the voices of David Wardale, Roger Waller, Shaun McMahon and others expressing their views on the possibilities for Modern Steam development.
  • 14th October 2003 – BBC Radio 4 broadcast an interview with Alan Fozard on the 06:20 Business Report of their “Today” program in the aftermath of Alan’s presentation about the 5AT Project at the First International Conference on Steam and Tourist Railways at Brienz in Switzerland.


A DVD focussing on “modern steam” developments is available from John Slater in Australia titled “Super Steam”.  The 72 minute video is available through for $AUD 39.95 (approx £20).