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Today’s Sunset Limited at Sunset

August 20, 2012

As we approach the end of August, the days are becoming shorter. The end of summer isn’t here just yet, but it’s getting close. I won’t miss the oppressive heat, but I will miss my after-dinner ritual of photographing Amtrak’s Sunset Limited as it passes through the my neck of the woods in the early evening.

Since I have plenty of pictures, I decided to videotape today’s Sunset Limited as it passed through Sugar Land. I chose to set up at a slight bend in the track near MP 26.5, just west of Hwy 6. The plan was to get the train coming straight at the camera before passing to my left.

Since all of Sugar Land is a quiet zone, I was concerned about road noise along Hwy 90. But it worked out nicely as no noisy trucks passed by during the shoot, and as a bonus, the crew sounded the whistle as the train approached my location.

If you’d like to view the video in a larger format, you can click here to view the raw footage without any YouTube compression. It will auto-play, but it’s a large file (just over 10mb), so it will take a few seconds to load.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. R Saunders permalink
    August 21, 2012 4:15 am

    Do you have additional rail videos that you have shot previously?

  2. August 21, 2012 2:05 pm

    Hi Robert….

    I watched the Sunset Limited yesterday too, as it crossed Bellaire Blvd. headed your way. I never tire of seeing the Sunset Limited….., and have enjoyed your stills and videos of it passing through Houston. I hope just because the sun sets ‘earlier’, you won’t stop shooting the Sunset. I’ve looked at your archives of night shots and videos shot at night, and while they aren’t typical “railfan” shots, I like them a lot. Actually, I like your compositions and attention to lighting in all of your shots.

    One can only wonder what O. Winston Link would have done with a big bad Canon 5D!

    • August 21, 2012 2:52 pm

      It’s great to from a kindred spirit regarding the Sunset Limited. I can’t get too much Amtrak either. I do appreciate your remarks. It’s good to know that others enjoy my work.
      I have taken a few shots just up the road from Bellaire recently, up at CP LF372, the crossovers at Bissonet. I’ll post those in the next day or so. PS-You’ve nice portfolio of commercial work!

  3. THE OZARK WEAVERS permalink
    August 24, 2012 9:42 am

    WHATAGREATSHOW ! ! ! ! ! ! !and their ” SOUND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT “–THANKSALOT

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