yes, me. I have been recording them for the last 35 years or so, starting with a mono tape deck. At the moment, I use a Tascam DR-44WL. The internal mics are fine, they can withstand extremely high sound levels (132 dB SPL) and the limiter works also very well - steam whistles are extremely loud when operating just a few yards away...
Using a fur windscreen is mandatory, a Rycote Mini Windjammer for the H4N (fits like a glove on the DR-44WL)serves me well. Setting up the recorder on a camera tripod, I carry foam rubber discs to cushion the tripod against conducted vibrations and noise. All other methods used for recording at outdoor festivals (except stealthing, trains dont mind being recorded
) are applicable.
And now something important: location, location, location! I prefer grades in forests, far away from roads (if possible). An elevated position above the tracks is recommended.
A place like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJjJPEGV22c
is where I can be found recording (on this side of the pond of course...).
And this is my favourite hunting ground: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EituhEXI1jo
Daily Steam trains, all year round. Fichtelbergbahn. Not a museum, it serves the highest german city and famous winter holiday resort, Oberwiesenthal.
If you want to get a feeling how it can sound, visit this:http://www.dampfsound.de/
Joerg has been recording steam trains for decades, and we made some recordings together - this one for example: http://www.dampfsound.de/sounds/m01_10/cd239s09.mp3
My Mics were placed about 5 feet to the right.