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Date: 06/17/17 21:29
765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: stuporchief

NKP 765 made a dramatic entrance into Blue Island tonight during a thunderstorm.

Thank you 765 Foundation for keeping this great locomotive operating for decades.

And thank you Metra for permitting the 765 to really stretch its legs today. At Tinley Park I overheard a radio transmission:
"765 you are good for 75."

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Date: 06/17/17 22:35
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: Boomer92

Wow! Congrats on catching both rare steam and lightning/storm in the same video! Wonderfull! I thought I heard thunder near end, but looks like maybe you had to dash for shelter?? Or is there any more footage?

Jim Baker
Riverside, CA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/17/17 22:40 by Boomer92.



Date: 06/17/17 23:00
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: Margaret_SP_fan

Yes, WOW!! Thank you VERY much for being out in the
pouring rain and getting this great video! She really
looks great!

And she got authorized to go 75? Wonderful! THANK
you Matra, for letting the RUN and so FAST!! (that
way she keeps up with any other passenger trains on
that line.)

THANK you, FWRHHS and Matra and Amtrak -- and the
awesome 765's crewQ!!



Date: 06/18/17 03:36
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: jst3751

Wow a very stunning video. Thanks.



Date: 06/18/17 09:42
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: rmnrwy

Incredible video! Steam with pouring rain, darkness, lightning, whistle and a Mars light!



Date: 06/18/17 09:49
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: stuporchief

You know how things don't usually go the way you'd hoped when you go out to get photos of a train?

Happily, this was one time when everything came together EXACTLY as I'd hoped.

First, the train's deadhead move back to 47th St. occurred about when I expected.

Second, it came through at speed, as I hoped.

And finally, I had been watching the weather reports all day, with the potential for thunderstorms. How perfect, I thought! And as the engine approached Blue Island -- with lightning flahsing and thunder rolling -- rain came out of sky in torrents as if on cue when the engine thundered across the bridge.

I've never been so happy to get soaking wet in my life!



Date: 06/18/17 10:47
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: ChrisCampi

Nice!



Date: 06/18/17 12:39
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: Rich_Melvin

Margaret_SP_fan Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
"...And she got authorized to go 75? Wonderful!..."

In our first meeting with the Metra Operating Department early last year, the very first question I was asked by the VP of Operations was, "Can that locomotive run 79 mph?"

I assured him it could...and the rest is history.



Date: 06/18/17 12:48
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: UPTRAIN

I could watch this one over and over. It's uncommon enough to see a steam locomotive at night, but blasting through a thunderstorm like that preceded by a Mars light cutting through the drops is just downright otherworldly.

Pump



Date: 06/18/17 15:45
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: Boomer92

Yes,Yes the Mars light too!..the light beam cutting through the rain really stands out! Again congrats on all the rare elements coming together for you! including a steam engine running at night!

Jim Baker
Riverside, CA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/18/17 15:48 by Boomer92.



Date: 06/18/17 15:57
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: nycman

That was spectacular. Thanks for sharing your experience with the rest of us who could not be there.



Date: 06/18/17 16:16
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: train1275

31 seconds of pure magic !



Date: 06/18/17 23:50
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: 2472Don

My oh my... spectacular action video!

2472Don
Manoa Valley, O'ahu



Date: 06/19/17 00:51
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: bakersfielddave

see it ..in black and white or sepia .....might bring back a lot of memories



Date: 06/19/17 07:26
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: Narniaman

How could a steam locomotive video be any better??

Incredible!!



Date: 06/19/17 07:27
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: kevink

Well deserved video of the day.



Date: 06/19/17 09:47
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: wag216

Man, Oh Man, Oh Man! That is the video of the year! wag216



Date: 06/20/17 23:17
Re: 765 Storms Into Blue Island Tonight
Author: IC_2024

Steel rails under thundering skies!! Yes, completely awesome!

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