Remarks: It has been said, especially by those who do it for a living, that anyone can get a train up a hill in Run 8. The real talent resides in getting down the other side successfully, and in honor of that skill Scene One opens with a Santa Fe westbound at Blue Cut on Cajon Pass led by an SD45 and a trio of GP’s. Scene Two finds a quartet of MK rebuilt SD’s easing 84 cars of coal off Solider Summit, Utah. Far less taxing, but just as interesting, Scene Three shows a quartet from the largest single owner fleet of SD40—2’s ever assembled leading westbound trailers near Essex, Montana. Scene Four finds a mismatched trio piloting a UP westbound by Hoya, Nevada, at the southern end of Meadow Valley Wash on the old Los Angeles & Salt Lake. Scene Five, taken in San Timoteo Canyon west of Beaumont, California, features one westbound downgrade overtaking another on the Southern Pacific’s Sunset Route. This first installment concludes at West Perrin, Arizona, and features a B40—8 leading a trio of SD’s down the “Crookton Cutoff.”
They say trucks built America but I say it was the train that carried the supplies. Trains were here long before trucks. People don't give railroad workers enough credit when it comes to a very vital part of the American economy. These videos are a shining example of the kind of skill and know-how to manage a 20,000 ton train down a hillside without a major incident. My hat's off to the American railroad worker. These men and women play an enormous part of building and rebuilding America. Thanks for sharing these videos. I hope you have more coming!
Posted by on October 7, 2010
Excellent, great selection, Thanks
Posted by BNSF Jeff on October 7, 2010
Very creative and quite well done. Bravo!
Posted by Phill on December 29, 2010
I couldn't agree more with Dan the train man, the railroad was here long before that donkey sprouted 18 wheels!
Posted by on June 14, 2011
Extraordinary video. I live in italy and similar scenes are no possible. A part the very big diesel locos ( in Italy diesels are little and these have not much power ) it is always a real big spectable to watch so very long trains managed by three or more locos. You've think the power by dinamic brakes ( pneumatic also if you consider the train about all of its length but you think locos only ).
Beautiful scenes. Spectacular.
Posted by Joe Hill on September 11, 2011
As one engineer friend of mine put it, "A 2%, 10 mile downgrade with 10,000+ trailing tons is where you separate the men from the boys!" My favorite shot was the two westbounds running side by side. Nice video and thanks for posting!
What video...and what SOUNDS! I rated that at five stars ( it would merit 10 stars ). Until some seconds ago I was watching - and listening - this video at full volume and I've enjoyed that very much. I do it some time. My wife and my daughters say I'm a little crazy, but they are not able to understand my rail passion. Passion of my wife is music of the Genesis ( beautiful music, it si right ) but sounds of dynamic braking is another particular thing. In Italy there is no the possibility to witness to similar show and I can enjoy show like that by only watching videos.
Thanks to all.
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