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UP 844 – The Valley Eagle-Houston to Bloomington

April 24, 2010

Finally! You wouldn’t think it would take me 10 days to get the next segment of Valley Eagle footage edited and posted, but then again sometimes I just have to do other stuff. Like work, file taxes, yard work, computer issues…
I shot and edited this segment a little differently than the Navasota to Houston trip. The shots were more spread out, and I tightened up the footage a bit more.

I’m happier with the pacing footage in this segment. It could be because I wasn’t driving and shooting at the same time! Thanks to my son, Eric, for the NASCAR-esque moves to get the car into position for the pacing shots.

PS-When the video starts to play, please click the button at the bottom, right side of the player marked “360p”. It will convert the playback to 480p, which will look a lot better. (Disregard this if you are on a dial-up connection)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. David N. Currey permalink
    April 24, 2010 6:01 pm

    Excellent overall coverage of the Houston-to-Bloomington segment of the Valley Eagle Heritage Tour. I was out there getting video, too, but you sure took video from a lot more spots than I did. I couldn’t find the time to scout spots ahead of time, but evidently you did. I also figured the train would be running 60 mph in some places. When I was a brakeman on the Kingsville Division in the early 80’s, the MP spruced up things and came out with a special timetable with passenger train speeds, however, I don’t think they did that for the VEHT–it did not seem to ever go faster than 50. I therefore skipped a lot of key places you included, and spent a lot of time cooling my heels waiting for the 844 to show up. I especially enjoyed the curve at Brownie, the bridge at Brazoria (I thought that would have been inaccessible–I should have scouted), and the curve south of Bay City (walked a lot of train inspections there). Good job.

    • April 25, 2010 12:38 pm

      Glad you liked it…We scouted the line with Google maps, and the radio really helped keep up with the trains movements.

  2. Jim Page permalink
    April 25, 2010 2:49 pm

    Great coverage. I love the clanging of the side rods, and you capture that burley whistle. The high pitched sound is the steam generator?

  3. April 25, 2010 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the compliment!
    I believe the high pitched sound is the steam driven electrical generator.

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