After a brief
week's break, the Restoration Project continues... In that week, we've run
a vote for a bit of fun at
The Avengers Fan Forum, to determine which serial would be tackled
next after The Super Secret Cypher Snatch. There are just three
serials left to be worked upon - Stop Me If You've Heard This
(which registered 20% of the vote), Get-A-Way! (also at 20%) and
Train of Events, which swept the board with 60% of the votes cast. So
Train of Events it is!
The story is
based upon the television episode, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To
The Station, a somewhat troubled production, written by Roger Marshall
and Brian Clemens. The radio serial is a good one and the recording
quality even better. We had a problem with it last time we played the tape
(when making the initial safety
transfers), when splices came apart and had to be repaired -
always a worry with tapes of this vintage. No such problems this time -
our reparative work on the splices was obviously good enough! Scary to
think that those initial transfers of John Wright's tapes were performed
over six years ago. All we can say is thank you for your patience, folks!
October 2008: All episodes of Train of Events were transferred
from 1/4 inch tape to PC in CD quality, were graphic
equalised and noise reduced. These were dealt with in two three-episode
chunks, as they were clearly transferred to this tape from two separate
masters, the recording characteristics being similar but with differing
levels of amplification and noise.
was subsequently re-transferred on a new reel to reel player in July 2009
(by new we mean manufactured in 1981!) and restoration work was completed
on Sunday 2nd August 2009. Completely straightforward - nothing to note
that was out of the ordinary.
Alan and Alys Hayes