Train Sound Effects USA! – Freight & Passenger Trains Fullerton Train Station, Orange County

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Welcome to the Fullerton Train Station and my first train sound effects album!

People all over the world are fascinated by trains me included so I went to the Fullerton Train Station in Orange County to record the sound of trains! I am going to include some of these sounds on my other YouTube Channel “Libby and Marcel” for our travel across the US video!

American Freight Train


Do you know the Movie Unstoppable with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine?
A Sound Recorder told me that he recorded sound for this Movie on this Station. So we have a film location here!

The Fullerton Train Station!
The Fullerton Transportation Center in Orange County is a freight and passenger rail and a bus station as well!
Every day trains by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, Metrolink Line, and Southwest Chief trains are stopping here and numerous of freight trains passing by!

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The station has two historic buildings! The first one was built in 1923 by the Union Pacific Railroad and the second building in 1930 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It has an Amtrak ticket office and a passenger waiting area and a cafe to the left side.
It also has a bridge that connects the train lines! I recorded one freight train from the top of the bridge!
People are very nice here and I had a few conversations about my recording with an employer and with people who are just curious what I am doing here!Train Sound Effects


The BNSF Freight Trains!
These Freight Trains are massive and can carry more 200 double-stacked containers and are hauled by more than just one diesel-electric locomotive. One train can have a total length of more than 3 miles and they speed up to 70 mph/112 km/h.

The Locomotive itself might be a General Motors GE Dash 9-44CW with 6 engines and 3.280 kW!

If I see a train outside of the city and hope I hope I can record this too because in Fullerton they come slowly but still listen to that sound! We driving down to Texas in less than 2 months so it is very possible!

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Metrolink Train!
The Metrolink trains in the video coming from Los Angeles and going down the coast to Oceanside.
Metrolink used two types of trains. One is the Tier 4 Locomotive and the other one is a Hyundai Rodem Cars Locomotive and I am pretty sure we have both in the video!
More about the fleet here on the Metrolink Website.

Amtrak Train!
Not in the Video but in the Sound Folder! I just arrived around noon in the daytime and saw the Amtrak Train! The train stopped right in front of me and if you listen to this beeping noise this is a woman who came with an electronic golf caddy to pick up people who can not walk. I am pretty sure this train is the Pacific Surfliner who started in San Luis Obispo and goes down to San Diego with a total length of 350 miles or 563 km!
The Locomotive is probably an EMD F59PHI built by General Motors

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If you are around Fullerton or Orange County and you want to record your own train sounds here is the exact location where I recorded the train sounds.


The equipment I used…

Zoom H6
Rode NTG 4+
Rycote Superblimp


…and now enjoy these train sound effects of the American Trains! If you have friends or colleagues and you feel like they could benefit from these sounds as well, please let them know! Thank you!

Do you want more train sounds? Feel free to check out the post about the Sound On The Railway Crossing in the USA or Train And Train Stations From Japan! You can find all these sounds in my “Complete Library” as well.

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3 comments

Emanuele Costantini September 26, 2017 at 9:34 pm

Hello,
I would like to have some extra infos about the recordings. The metadata are telling me you recorded it with the MS microphone of the Zoom H6. Are these recording in need of being decoded with a matrix or are already decoded and I can use them as “normal” stereo?
I am referring specifically to the followings:
Freight Train at Night Zoom H6 Stereo uncompressed
Metro Link At Night Zoom H6 Stereo
MetroLink Train Breaking Sound and People get out the train Zoom H6 STEREO

Thank you and great work!
Emanuele

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freesounds September 27, 2017 at 2:55 am

Hi Emanuele! I sended you an email and hope that helped you!! Let me know! Best Libby and Marcel

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