2 trains - 1 tunnel
Albula tunnel in Spinas train station. Glacier Express train exit from the tunnel and my RhB (Rhaetian Railway) train enter into it. (it's on my way from St. Moritz back to Chur)
5th of october, 2008 (my Eurotrip-8)
soundtrack: Infected Mushroom - End of the Road
Truck vs Train
This is a vfx test I did back when I was a sophomore. Train footage courtesy of Brenton81 check out his awesome rail fanning page here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Brenton81
Suspicious Railfans Reported to Dispatcher
Note: this is a UP train with NS power in Roberts, WI. We were listening to the radio traffic with a scanner and never set foot on railroad property.
Apparently we (two guys with DSLRs in a car with a big antenna - a typical railfan profile if ever there was one) looked too suspicious when we were stopping at grade crossing and taking photos of this train. The conductor called in a description of both of us (it was amusing hearing her describe my "98% Chimp" shirt) as well as our license plate. A few miles down the line they called the dispatcher again. Knowing that a followup report was likely, I had my phone ready to record the conversation...
To be absolutely clear, both Dan and myself take safety very seriously, and neither of us set foot on railroad property for the entire duration of this chase. It's a shame that the crew felt it necessary to waste the time of the dispatcher and any law enforcement that may have been called as a result of a couple of guys exercising their First Amendment rights on a Sunday afternoon.
Taking The 285 Ton Anode The Last Mile
Here we see the 285 ton anode running it's last mile of a trip that started in Salt Lake City, UT. In the first scene we see the Precision Heavy Haul team making the turn from Arizona Highway 188 onto the US 60 in Claypool, AZ. I thought this turn was going to be a troublesome one for them, but you could tell this wasn't their first rodeo! Arizona DPS officers blocked off the intersection and within 5 minutes the anode was through and traffic was flowing again. Scene two shows the load entering the Freeport McMoRan mine complex in Miami, AZ. An interesting thing to note, is as the load is climbing the very steep grade at the mine, the driver of the lead truck lifts the rear most and unpowered axle on his rig for more traction on his drive axles. The entire set up was reported to be 225 feet long, with the anode itself weighing 285 tons. This was shot on 8-16-11.
70 mph BNSF Z Train @ 1 foot from tracks
I set up my tripod as low to the tracks as I could and let her fend for herself! (NOTE: I'm standing about 20 ft from the tracks, it's just my camera+tripod. Don't stand that close!). The first time I tried it, the train actually blew my camera over, so I had to do it again with the 3rd leg behind it, a few bigger rocks on the legs, and a few sticks propped underneath for more stability. It lifted some and shook when the engine first went by (both sticks fell too) but the camera stood firm!
I love the huge blast of air that both shakes the camera and blasts the mic the moment the first loco passes, it really makes for an awesome, powerful effect. Ditto with the camera shaking a little with each truck that passes.
Filmed in La Plata, MO on the BNSF Marceline Sub early on 5-31-10. Note the beautifully restored La Plata depot in the background
Train horn in my pickup truck
Here is the video as requested of my train horn in my 1964 Chevy 4X4 truck with a 353 Detroit diesel.
Dont ask me to drive around honking at people.
CSX Incident at Gaithersburg, Maryland
CSX - We brake for broken couplers!
A CSX westbound freight (Q-416) goes into an emergency brake application in front of the Gaithersburg, Maryland station blocking the Summit Ave. crossing for more than three hours.
The conductor rides on three other passing trains as he and the engineer make the necessary repairs on two broken couplers on this long and heavy freight.
Signal Malfunction at Milepost 210.0, UP Canyon Sub, Oroville, California, January 19, 2009.
Crazy Amtrak engineer through folkston!!!
If you look closely you will see the engineer screaming "WAHOOO" lol
The rest of the vids from the weekend this was taken.
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcxGIjTpGzM
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOcuRgiWA9E
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1qgh3lND9w
UP Train Wreck in Fontana CA - The scene 17 hours later
A few sights and sounds from the crash scene 17 hours after the crash.
The freight train with the 2 SD70ACe's at the lead were traveling westbound at a pretty good pace. At the same time, on the same track for some reason there was a shorter freight train being pushed eastbound (locomotives at the west end of the train) and when the two met (about midnight last night) you can see what happened. It was a mess.
There are some pretty good photos on my flickr that show the locomotives on top of the train they hit only a few hours after the accident.
Lots of photos on my flickr page, address at the end of the video.
NS 74J goes into Emergency( Hit a Man) . Bessemer AL 8-15-11.
NS 74J SB Coal Train on AGS#2, heading towards the 3B Division, had no intentions on hitting any one im sure, but after they passed us they hit a guy on the tracks, (IT DIDNT HAPPEN BEFORE IT GOT TO ME! IT HAPPENED AFTER IT PASSED ME!) idk how he managed to get in the way but it happened. We left after i quit filming to go see and he was messed up pretty bad!, Causing 2+ hour delay & holding up traffic. People stay off tracks please, thankfully it wasnt amtra, a stack train or another fast train.