Tuesday, September 30, 2014
What's it Like to Lie on the Tracks and Watch a Train Go Over Your Head at 75 Miles an Hour?
What's it like be beneath a train when it passes over your head at 75 miles an hour? Watch this video and find out. If you're impatient, skip to the 56 second mark.
(On a railroad forum, someone disputes whether the train is actually going 75 miles an hour. No matter; it's fast.)
As it turns out, this isn't the only train-passing-over-your-head video on the Web. There are others, like this one of a Norfolk Southern train going slowly over the camera. It gives you a chance to appreciate the wheels and the underbody detail in a way that the first video doesn't. Skip to the 3:26 mark to enjoy the show.
You can also enjoy this bottom view of a CPR train passing overhead. It's a little faster than the NS one, but the video is short--just 31 seconds.
Earlier I posted about drones taking great video of trains from above; now it's GoPro and other cameras taking interesting footage from below. From above or below, railfan photographers have got you, and trains, covered.
Note: I am not condoning unsafe behaviour around railway tracks. I am just pointing to videos that show an unusual point of view.