Recording Train Sound Effects USA at Fullerton Train Station
People all over the world are fascinated by trains. I went to the Fullerton train station in Orange County to record the sound of several trains like Amtraks, Metrolink and freight trains! Sounds of American freight trains have something magical to me.
Do you know the Movie Unstoppable with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine?
A Sound Recorder told me that he recorded the sound for this movie on this station.
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!
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 small restaurant on the left.
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 about what am I doing here.
The BNSF Freight Trains!
Freight Trains are massive and carry over 200 double-stacked containers if needed and are hauled by more than just one diesel-electric locomotive.
One train can reach a total length of more than 3 miles and run up to 70 mph/112 km/h.The Locomotive itself is a General Motors GE Dash 9-44CW with 6 engines and 3.280 kW
The Metrolink trains coming from Los Angeles and going down the coast until Oceanside.
Metrolink used two types of trains. The Tier 4 Locomotive and a Hyundai Rodem cars locomotive.
Read more about fleet on the Metrolink website.
I just arrived at noon and saw the Amtrak train! The train stopped right in front of me and if you listen to the beeping noise, this is a woman with an electronic golf caddy. I am pretty sure this train was the Pacific Surfliner. The train started in San Luis Obispo and drives along the coast to San Diego. The Locomotive is a EMD F59PHI built by General Motors.
Watch the video
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.
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