BNSF/Amtrak/Sounder at Seattle 7-16-08 ***WATCH IN HIGH QUALITY****
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Here is video I shot after taking Sounder into Seattle to visit my
Train 1: BNSF GP38 #2285 and ex-BN GP39-2 #2720 with a 3-car ballast train.
Train 2: SDRX 906 leads.
Train 3: SDRX 909 leads the train I took, #1704, back to the coach yard.
Train 4: Cabcar 306 leads a Southbound SDRX train into King Street
Train 5:CN SD40-2W #5351 leads this empty garbage train. The CN power will
probably brought north to CN territory. This same CN unit I caught leading
a windmill train a few days earlier. Check out that video if you haven't
Train 6: ex-ATSF Dash 9-44CW #632 and another warbonnet lead an autorack
Train 7: The PD is coming to arrest Me! Just kidding....the BNSF Hyrail
truck needed to cross King Street and was getting tired of people driving
right in front of him. Right as I'm filming this, here comes a light engine
move! BNSF 9-44CW #1077, still in its old paint!
Train 8: Dash 9-44CW #1077 again, this time facing the right direction!
Train 9: BNSF ES44DC #7507 leads a stacker, with ex-BN SD60M #8152
Train 10: Amtrak P42DC #151 leads the Coast Starlight out of King Street
southbound for Los Angeles, CA. #113 is trailing. Great K5LA action on this
Thanks for watching!
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.
Commuter Rail Auburn WA
On Monday, February 16, 2009, Presidents Day holiday, Sound Transit ran a
special section of The Sounder from Tacoma to Seattle during mid-day for
shoppers. The Sounder, which usually only runs during rush hours, is the
relatively new commuter rail service for Puget Sound with trains currently
running between Tacoma and Everett. This video captured the Sounder as it
rolled into Auburn Station at about 10 AM. Auburn is about 20 miles south
of Seattle. Note the power unit is The City of Destiny which is one of the
nicknames for Tacoma, Washington. Great horn sounds on departure.
Railroad Profile: Sounder Commuter Rail
With 3 of us photographers combining our video photographic footage
together, here is our next video of the Railroad Profile series.
On this Railroad Profile Series, we look into Sounder Commuter Train
service that serves the people in the Central Puget Sound area from Seattle
to Everett and Tacoma. Sound Transit and BNSF Railroad started off the
service on September 18, 2000 with two round trip trains that stops in
Tacoma, Sumner and Auburn that terminated in Seattle. Puyallup and Kent
stations were added February 5, 2001; with Tukwila being added March 12,
Then, the 35 miles (56 km) Everett to Seattle line started with a Seahawks
Game train on December 21, 2003. Regular service started on the 22nd with
one morning train to Seattle and one evening train back. A second round
trip train was added on June 6, 2005 to help increased ridership, a third
was added in September 2007, and there are now four. On May 31, 2008 the
Mukilteo station opened and trains started stopping at the station. There
are currently three stops along the North Line: Edmonds, Mukilteo and
Today, there are currently nine round trips on the South Line, with two
operating in the reverse commute direction. This is the maximum number of
trains permitted under the current contract with BNSF, whose tracks the
trains run on. There are also 4 round trip trains on the North Line between
Seattle and Everett.
In July 2010, Sound Transit reached a new agreement with BNSF, valued at
$185 million, which grants Sound Transit permanent access to the South Line
corridor, as well as allowing four more daily round trips to begin,
starting in 2012 and continuing through 2015.
Sound Transit and BNSF are continuing plans to expand service in the South
Sound by extending service to South Tacoma and Lakewood.
For the North Line route, the Edmonds Station relocation project will
includes a new east platform with larger passenger loading area and weather
protected passenger shelter. The parking area will be updated, improved
lighting will cover the platforms and parking, secure bike storage will be
available and public art is ready for installation.
The project will also construct a transit center at the north end of the
station to accommodate Community Transit bus service with two passenger
shelters and three bus bays. Once a second mainline has been added by the
railway in the future, a new west platform will be constructed and the
north portion of the east platform will be completed. This project is
currently underway and expected to complete in early 2011.
As the gas prices continue to rise and road congestion increases, more and
more people are moving towards alternative transportation and one way to
take it is Sounder Commuter Train. Videos were shot by Andrew Kim (this
account), Dan Morris (css903), and Matt Farnsworth (mafarnz).
Enjoy the video
Diesel Trains Galore!
All aboard! Come along for this look at diesel-electric locomotives in the
western United States! Continuing with this next installment in my Trains
Galore video series, Diesel Trains Galore takes a look at a variety of
different diesel locomotives including vintage locomotives owned and
operated by museums as well as some of the most modern diesel electric
locomotives running today. Everything from ALCO to GE, freight and
passenger, F7 and SD70ACE locomotives, Diesel Trains Galore has it all! So
please enjoy the video and be sure to leave feedback!
If you liked this video, be sure to watch Steam Trains Galore!
Conway Scenic Railroad's Valley Train with their EMD GP7.
Steam Trains Galore!
All aboard! Come along for a look at several steam trains running in the
western United States! Steam Trains Galore is a 28 minute long video that
features numerous shots of all sorts of different steam trains. You will
see everything from small park trains to the big steam trains that make
occasional runs on the main line today. This video is not narrated and
there are no captions on any of the video clips, so if there are any
questions about where some of these videos were filmed, I'd be happy to
answer them. I'm trying to increase the variety of videos I have on my
page, so this video is geared towards a different (younger) audience. This
is to get a better sense as to what types of videos are the most popular.
If this is well received, I will post more like it in the future. So, that
said, please leave feedback. Thank you!
Railfanning at Auburn Sounder Commuter Train Station 11/27/2013
On the day before Thanksgiving Day, I decided to hit trackside at the
Auburn Sounder Commuter Train Station to catch some trains from a different
pace that I was used to back in the Edmonds area. The weather was a bit
chilly, but nice and dry. It was a really long time that I haven't
railfanned in the Auburn area; probably for the last 2 years.
Train #1: Amtrak Cascades Train #509 blasted Southbound through the station
about 79 MPH. AMTK 117 was leading the train with NPCU 90340 trailing.
Train #2: Amtrak Cascades Train #516 wasted no time heading North as it
went through the station track speed. AMTK NPCU 90278 was leading with 150
Train #3: A Northbound Unit Crude Oil Train thundered northbound through
the station and was making some good speed through the Station. Probably
close to 50 MPH. BNSF 1038 was leading with 2 DPUs in the back. Total of
338 axles on this freight.
Train #4: Southbound Sounder Commuter Train #1519 making a station stop at
the station with the engineer waving a flashlight at me to say hi to me.
SDRX 904 was leading with cabcar 103 trailing.
Enjoy the video.
Sounder and Amtrak at King Street Station.
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Here is some more Sounder and Amtrak action At Seattle's King Street
Station, First we see the first southbound sounder of the day depart with
the SDRX 902 the city of destiny locomotive, we then see the next few
sounders arrive and depart and we see the arrival of Amtrak 506 from
Portland. We finish the video with two shots of the second sounder
departing and the 3rd sounder arriving into the station.