American Railroads

  1. A southbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight passes Seattle's Carkeek Park, on Puget Sound, at sunset. Title song composed by Elizabeth Cotton and sung by "Peter, Paul & Mary." With about 125 cars, this train is 1.5 miles long. Carkeek Park is north of Seattle so the train, probably carrying mostly empty containers from Eastern areas of the U.S., is headed for the city's port where the containers will be transshipped back to the Far East. The train most likely made its way to Seattle on the route of the old Great Northern Railway, crossing the Cascade Mountains through a tunnel at Stevens Pass. That line joins the north-south track, which links Seattle with Canada, near the city of Everett where wide-bodied Boeing jets are assembled.

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  2. This was my presentation shown at the 2013 Autumn Leaf Railroad Slide Show. It is a compilation of images taken over a two year period during several visits to the Columbia River Gorge area and depicts the railroads BNSF and AMTRAK along the North Bank in Washington and Union Pacific, which operates on the Oregon side. For the soundtrack I paired two classic jazz tunes with the imagery which I think convey the ambiance of open space, scenic beauty and awesomeness of the powerful machines which pass through it.

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  3. If you have a slow internet connection, or a slowish computer, click the HD ON in the playback window to make it an easier load on your computer...

    Here we see a couple of their demonstration rides moving, but mostly a speeder ride on track cars used for maintenance back in the 1900's. It was a short ride because the museum had a diseasel moving on the track they were supposed to use.

    And for those curious about what I used to shoot it... A Canon 5d mk2 with original firmware..

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  4. The light rail system, shot at night. Camera - Canon 5dmk2, 24-105 lens, Manfroto tripod. Edited with Vegas Pro. The ISO got as high as 3200 on this shoot....

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  5. A loooong, slow unit coal train moves east. Both the head end units and the DPU seem to be working hard. To give an idea of the train's length; the distance to the distant grade crossing at the top of the rise in Maple Park is about 1.3 miles. Also, since it was so slow and long, I've put in some 4X speed-up.

    Posted this one for a couple of reasons. The interesting illusion of a white train. Caused by the sun angle on the bracing of the hoppers as well as the camera's zoom compression. And I wanted to test a video editing "plug-in" for the Picture in Picture. I'm using a trial version to see if it's worth purchasing. It adds a few visual enhancements and make the PIP process slightly easier.

    Primary camera: Canon HV30 30p
    Secondary camera: Canon HV30 30p
    Microphones: Azden ECZ 990
    TheWindCutter.com microphone covers
    Edited in: Sony Vegas Studio Platinum 9.0

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American Railroads

Ross Waters

I created this channel for all of the railfanners out there that like to see the US railroads in action. Feel free to send me a note on a video you think should be added to this channel. Please go to my Vimeo home page to send me the message. All videos…


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I created this channel for all of the railfanners out there that like to see the US railroads in action. Feel free to send me a note on a video you think should be added to this channel. Please go to my Vimeo home page to send me the message. All videos are welcome if they are railroad or train related to North America. This channel is only for railroads in Canada, USA and Mexico.

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