SOUNDER Commuter train #1505 in Kent, WA

SOUNDER Passenger Commuter train #1503 Seattle-Tacoma in Kent, WA on 7.18.2008. Locomotive EMD F59PHI #908 with Bombardier passenger cars. GREAT AIR HORN SOUND. BNSF - Seattle Subdivision.

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Sounder Train
A very mild and sunny afternoon in early February provided the encouragement to get out with the Flip Camcorder and capture some railroad video. I was rewarded with plenty of action down at the Tukwila Station, which is just south of the city of Seattle, Washington. One of the objectives was to catch the Sounder Train. Sounder is the Puget Sound area commuter rail service and serves points between Everett and Tacoma. On this day, the Sounder is right on schedule into Tukwila having left Seattle about 3:35. This is the first of six southbound trains operating in the afternoon/evening. The train does not operate midday or on weekends, except for sporting or special events. The Puget Sound area was very slow to adopt commuter rail service, but now that its here, its very popular and a huge success. The trip from Seattle to Tacoma takes about 1 hour and it would be very unlikely to accomplish the same via private car given the traffic conditions on I-5.

Sounder Train - Tacoma to Seattle (Timelapse)
From the cab car, this video is reversed and sped up 8X. The entire trip takes 55min, but only 7 here. Due note the video is reversed, the train is not running red signals. Enjoy.

Sounder Commuter Rail Ride Pierce/King County Line
A Ride on Sound Transits Sounder Commuter rail from Puyallup Station to somewhere between Sumner and Auburn Stations. Some charming announcements on this one, including one about Fare Inspectors being on-board, maybe on lunch but I sure didn't see any.

Sounder Train Rush Hour! 8 Fast Trains in 2 Minutes!
In a short time span on the main rails of the Puget Sound, any rail fan is able to catch a parade of Sounder Commuter Trains (part of Sound Transit) carrying the evening rush hour crowd back to their homes safely. Enjoy this video as the rails come to life with activity on a Monday afternoon featuring 6 Sounder Trains, 1 Amtrak Cascades and the BNSF finale.