Acoustic Sounds
By: Michael Fremer

December 16th, 2023


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Christmas Is Real Train Time Too!

a rare 1996 steam ride on New Jersey Transit Commuter lines

Model trains are a Christmas tradition. But a real steam train traveling on the New Jersey Transit commuter line at almost 80 MPH is a rare and amazing thing not likely to be repeated but it did happen back in the fall of 1996 and I was lucky enough to take the trip from Hoboken to Port Jervis with my late father in law who worked on the railroads as a kid during the Depression.

Half way through the ride to Port Jervis soot clogged the camcorder microphone so for this video I was forced to "graft" some pre-soot audio onto the video to add the necessary sonic excitement. Okay, it's not audio but I hope you enjoy this (and show it to your kids and grandkids) and if you do there's even better footage shot during another one of these excursions by a team of people stationed along the tracks. That video is below this one.


  • 2023-12-19 09:07:43 AM

    tim davis wrote:

    Nice! Thanks for this one. I think Saxon's classic ode to steam trains, "Princess of the Night" would have made for an excellent audio graft during some of the high speed footage.