Trains in pitch darkness (Is that a heritage unit?)





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Uploaded on Sep 25, 2011

On June 24, 2011, I decided to film trains at night for the first time since Amtrak's California Zephyr was running three hours late. The first clip is a westbound BNSF freight train passing through a railroad crossing in Agency, Iowa at 9:58 p.m. The train is mostly hopper cars with a few tank cars. My guess is that it's the Cargill feed train heading for Eddyville. The last shot is of a green signal east of Agency.

The second clip begins looking at the signal, but taken from the other side of the tracks. It begins at 10:05 p.m. and shows the glow of Amtrak #5's headlights grow as the defect detector gives its report. Being just five minutes behind the last train, the Zephyr is a bit slow so we skip ahead to the next clip.

As Amtrak nears the crossing, you can hear the dispatcher giving a warrant to eastbound BNSF 5978. One of the engines on Amtrak #5 tonight is Amtrak 145, a heritage unit painted in Phase III colors for Amtrak's 40th anniversary. I couldn't tell it was 145 while I was filming this. I had to find out later it was on this train. I did catch 145 the day before (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6h4gT...) and when it came back five days after this night (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJRjWX... Note: This video was filmed at the same crossing as most of this one, but in the daylight).

YouTube user Randy H did get to film 145 on Amtrak before sunset in Galesburg, Illinois. You can see his video here: http://youtu.be/rHzROLKzCnI.

California Zephyr engines:
Amtrak 145 GE P42DC Phase III Anniversary engine
Amtrak 19 GE P42DC


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