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'Monster train' caught on video

January 18, 2010 |  7:25 am

To Joe Perry, an information network engineer for a downtown Los Angeles bank and a railroading enthusiast since childhood, the arrival of perhaps the biggest train ever in California last week was an opportunity not to be missed.

He and his wife chased the nearly 3 1/2-mile-long freight carrier for hours, shooting videos and what he thinks may be the only photograph of the entire train, as it rounded a sweeping curve near the Salton Sea.

In the video above, Perry shot train as it climbed a grade near Cabazon by placing an iPhone on rocks next to the track. The Union Pacific train, with nearly 300 freight cars and nine locomotives, took 10 minutes to pass. At another spot, near his home in Ontario, the train was moving about twice as fast and took closer to five minutes to go by.

Read more here.

-- Rich Connell

Video: By Joe Perry of chasingsteel.com