September 5th, 2009

1948 Greenbrier 4-8-4 locomotive. The last commercially built mainline passenger train steam locomotive built in America. Locomotive number 614 was completed at the Lima Locomotive Works in Ohio in June of 1948 for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.

Locomotive #614 is 16 feet tall, 112 feet long, weighs 434 tons, develops about 5,000 horsepower and is capable of running at 120 miles per hour.

This recording, is co614 Southbound passing through Mahwah NJ whilst blowing whistle and was pulling about twenty-four passenger cars on a Hoboken NJ to Port Jervis NY excursion, which ran from 1996-1998.

Microphones: Left and Right: Shure SM-57s, 120 degrees, X/Y configuration; Center: AT-4041; Mixer: Shure FP-32; Recorder: Casio R-100 portable DAT. (what I had available at that time)

Update: Unavailable from 2010 to 2014, the co614 website is back online!

co614 official website
co614 photos

Cheers, Rick


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    Harkness44 1 year, 2 months ago

    the Doppler effect is sensational here, I feel like I'm on the rails and feel my life threatened while the Iron Monster approaches...awesome !

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    chthonik 1 year, 8 months ago

    This is an excellent recording!

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    sadc0415 3 years, 7 months ago

    Very nice.

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    Corax321 5 years, 4 months ago

    Went through the whole Sound Ideas library and still couldn't find anything as striking. Incredible effect, and invaluable for my period film. Thank you.

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    capesidereal 5 years, 7 months ago

    goosebumps here dude !! :)

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