It’s impressive to see and hear a Union Pacific freight roaring toward a crossing where you are standing, holding up your phone, just a few feet off the track. Here, see for yourself:
What, you ask, another train? Already?
Well, yes. A week ago, on Oct. 20, this site featured a slow freight of the Portland & Western as it headed for the Albany yard.
That effort prompted a response from H. R. Richner, who wrote: “It’s so relaxing, making one feel that things are working after all. How about for next time a whole freight train on the main line?”
Well, as it happened, on a bike ride a couple of days later I found myself on the 300 block of Southeast Pine Street in Albany.
There’s a footpath there where you can walk, or ride, across the double set of tracks. And when I did, I heard a train coming from the south.
Not just a whole train on the main line, this time, but one of the Union Pacific’s intermodal trains, going through Albany at full speed with its load of truck trailers and containers.
Actually, I could not tell how fast it was going, even though when I was standing there I guessed its speed to be around 45-50 mph.
This was mid-afternoon, and as I say on the video, I was expecting Amtrak’s Coast Starlight to come zipping through there. But I gave it up and left before that came about.
In any case, no one needs reminding of the power of a modern diesel-electric freight locomotive, especially when it thunders past you at the head of a long train with its air horn blasting away. (hh)