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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    m.spinetto 8 years, 6 months ago

    Its loud. It should stop my studeents in class from what their doing/saying and give me their attention, (if only for a brief few moments).
    I'm going to use it as an attempt to stop them from talking loudly in class
    Thank you

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    c9ari 8 years, 6 months ago

    Nice indeed!

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    danthaihall 8 years, 8 months ago

    well done ;0)

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    knufds 8 years, 8 months ago

    info update: Nov. 5, 2010

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    own2eyes 8 years, 8 months ago

    Beautiful sound. How great that you described what type of train - very helpful. Thank you.

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