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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    fauxpress 7 years, 2 months ago

    Superduper. Takes me right there. Downloaded so I can listen to it with the big speakers :) Thanks!

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    Heather02021991 7 years, 12 months ago

    This is Phenomenal, gave me chills beautiful work!!

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    gbpano 8 years ago

    I'm doing a Ghost Train clip, on an old platform closed down in 1914, (approx 1 min long).
    This will be sensational.
    Great Work.

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    Fi-zilla 8 years, 3 months ago

    eerie, thank you

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    captain4r 8 years, 6 months ago

    Great sound, very well done, thank you!!

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