Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Turning Kirby into a traingeek

Yesterday, Kirby and I waited alongside the Union Pacific Terminal Subdivision which runs between Bellaire and West U. for the Amtrak Sunset Limited to pass by. I did this partly to show Kirby (who, like any seven-year-old, is really in to trains) what an actual passenger train looks like, and partly to see how videos taken on my iPhone would appear on YouTube:

I used the "train status" feature on Amtrak's website to determine when the train was expected at the station in downtown Houston, and we went out to the tracks about a half-hour beforehand. The "dining car" I pointed out to Kirby was actually the train's observation car; there were quite a few people sitting in there but the windows were so dark that they didn't show up on the video (which actually turned out nicely, if I do say so myself).

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