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This is a great article about a great Engine. It really brings backs an old memory of the Freedom Train running through the San Fernando Valley in So.Cal when 3 of my buddies and I happened to be riding Honda Dirt Bikes in the Chatsworth Mountains and along the SP main running Tunnels. Thats when we saw the Lights on the other end of a Tunnel we had just entered and spun around to clear the way. We had been hearing the whistle for awhile and just couldn't figure out what was making it. When it came out of the tunnel we couldn't believe it and rode along side of it for a mile on the service road then it went into the next tunnel and I noticed the diesels and all the colorful passenger cars and it even had a caboose all painted up in the freedom colors thanks for bring back that memory.
I really enjoyed the photos of all the different paint schemes over the years and your Video Excursion on the Siskiyou really makes me want to go out and buy that engine. Thanks this Issue of MRH has really out done itself and I've only gotten 33% of the Magazine red.
Rio Grande Dan
I'm very impressed with your modelling. Please tell us how you got realistic sound in stereo!
I just downloaded the highly detailed HD version and watched for the umpteenth time, and while enjoying all the fantastic detail, sound and just great production, what do my wandering eyes notice, but at 1:04 in, the 2nd mail/baggage car has its rear set of wheels being dragged along. I certainly do not mean to poke holes in anything, especially after all of the hard work and first rate effort of the videos and magazine. But I can't help but feel a little bit "wheww, it's not just me this happens to." Thanks for the reality check! lol
Yep, saw that too! Amazing what HD video reveals, aye?
Just after the excursion went around the corner there at Rice Hill, Brandon hollered "hold it! - we're on the ground!"
So yes, a derailment ... obviously, by the time we got to the North Umpqua bridge, everything was back on the track and working great.
As you say, happens to us all now and then ... (wink and grin)
Joe - loved the video and those great sounds. Where do you get/project those great rail clicks and clunks?
MRH search (Google)