Over the years I have shot several Amtrak Capitol Limited's over the CSX Keystone and Cumberland Subdivision's. Here are 17 trains shot between 2009 and 2012, including both the eastbound 30 and westbound 29 on the east and west slopes of Sand Patch grade.

I finally dug through the archives and figured these shots were appropriate for a montage. Unfortunately, I realized that in my travels to CSX I place priority of the Amtrak Capitol Limited dead last, in fact, there are times where I just skipped seeing it altogether. I regret making such decisions, because there are a few places that now come to my mind of where I would like to shoot this train and I will make a better effort on future trips. In the mean time, these 17 shots range throughout the seasons and were mostly shot on the east slope of Sand Patch grade.

June 6, 2009
An on-time 29 cruises through Cooks Mill at 79 MPH just before hitting the start of Sand Patch grade in Hyndman. This will be the last time the Capitol Limited reaches high speeds until it reaches the Laurel Highlands after its steep climb up the Allegheny Mountains.

June 7, 2009
That next morning the 30 races through Hyndman after declining Sand Patch grade. The town is usually quiet, especially early in the morning, unless the occasional train or four wheeler is riding through town. Notice the car drive around the gates.

June 8, 2009
In the last leg of its daylit journey through Pennsylvania, the defect detector just east of Glencoe announces 56 axles, which is a surprising amount considering the train typically has 40 or 44. To my surprise, there were two private cars on the rear!

October 3, 2009
After watching a CSX train pull out after gaining permission into Cumberland Yard, I stuck around to catch the 30 rip through at track speed. Although not the ideal location, I'm glad I didn't scram because of the surprise Dash-8 in the consist. 30 has just crossed into Maryland and will soon be at its station stop in Cumberland, MD, about an hour late.

February 2, 2010
This is one of my all time favorite shots of the Capitol Limited, although I would have executed it much differently given another go at the situation. Atop the overlook at Fairhope almost knee deep in snow, 30 winds through the curves with another surprise Dash-8 in tow!

July 19, 2010
On a gorgeous summer morning, 30 pops out of the Falls Cut Tunnel with whining dynamic brakes.

That same evening, 29 throttles up the hill into the small town of Glencoe.

July 20, 2010
On a foggy morning, while waiting for an intermodal to come out of the tunnel, 30 sneaks up from behind with a lot of horn before entering Sand Patch tunnel.

That evening, a friendly crew on the 29 gives a lot of extra horn at the Fairhope Road crossing. The perfect plumes of smoke from both engines was probably my favorite thing about this catch.

August 9, 2010
Here is something you don't often see but it does happen frequently. 30 is running opposite main to get around a helper unit at Hyndman that is dropping back down to Cumberland after shoving some empty autoracks up the hill.

That evening under a mauve and pink sky with very little daylight to spare, 29 heads past the Fairhope overlook with a minor delay. The log truck at the crossing is an obvious sign of the logging industry found in the mountains of southern Pennsylvania.

August 10, 2010
Train 30 works its way up the west slope past the depot in Meyersdale.

March 15, 2011
Amtrak 30 was supposed to have the inaugural run of the 156 Phase I heritage unit on this day, but unfortunately the unit was pulled off and sent back to Chicago for some unknown reason. Instead, there remained some Amtrak 30th Anniversary equipment, but what a let down. We could have been the first to bag this train in any sort of daylight. Anyway, here she is rolling through the Falls Cut Tunnel on the opposite main.

March 17, 2011
Amtrak 30 climbs up the west slope at Glade City, which is where the grade starts to
become a challenge for freight trains. The Beech Grove was tagging along on the rear.

That evening on the Cumberland Sub we see 29 passing the CPL's at Magnolia. Within a few weeks these signals were replaced.

June 22, 2011
Amtrak 66, the Phase II heritage unit, trails on 30 as it drops down the hill through by the Fairhope overlook. Of course the bugs decide to come out as the train approaches and get all over the shot. I was not happy when I reviewed the shot after the train past. But I learned by lesson, during the summer months, I now sink a quarter bottle of bug spray into each location before the train comes in order to deter those nasty little devils.

January 5, 2012
With some snow on the ground, 30 hurries up hill under the former Western Maryland's viaduct at Keystone.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the compilation. Thanks for watching!


    • TBoy205

      not enough K5LA

      about 9 days ago

      Looooove your video 👍🛤️🚇 & the horn

      about 14 days ago
    • dtiman

      The horn on 21 at Glencoe.....beautiful.

      about 16 days ago
    • Steampunk Railfan
      Steampunk Railfan


      about 1 month ago
    • VTBiker

      Why does it run so often with three locomotives?

      about 6 months ago
    • Central Penn Rail Productions
      Central Penn Rail Productions In reply to VTBiker

      Two for power, the third is usually a shop transport between DC and Beech Grove and back.

      about 6 months ago
    • Miles Campbell
      Miles Campbell

      Damn #1 Sounds amazing.

      about 6 months ago
    • Lee Golden
      Lee Golden

      In the mid-1970's I was graced to be able to ride in the cab of a CSX/B&O locomotive from Hyndman, PA to Sand Patch. Our locomotive was a pusher engine in a train of over 90 gondola freight cars loaded with iron Ore Pellets bound for somewhere west of Cumberland, MD. Memories of that trip are very special to me and helped inspire me to make Sand Patch the locale for one of my novels. I write under the pen name, Cameron DeCessna and invite you to read my book, Clay Parker - Growing up Gay in the 1950's. It's about a fourteen-year-old boy in Sand Patch who loved the B&O Railroad as much as I did when I was a lad growing up in Cumberland. My grandfather, Howard Cessna, worked as a carman (freight car builder and repairman) for the B&O and often took me to the shops in Cumberland to see the giant steam locomotives that were serviced there. Thanks for the videos of the run to Sand Patch.

      about 8 months ago
    • SupernalOne

      nice! you have some good long straight stretches of track in your area. If you like, I tried a similar montage a couple of years ago (with a digital camera on a tripod), on a windy stretch of track outside of DC, going for a variety of camera locations - you might enjoy it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEo8M9q-RN4

      about 9 months ago
    • Gaylene Morley
      Gaylene Morley

      Amtrak.amtrak i really going to ride you again tonite from slc ut to truckee california i am excited

      about 9 months ago
    • The BNSF Tracker
      The BNSF Tracker

      Wow! 184 b4 the paint job! Nice! & wait is ur name Eric?!?!?!?!?

      about 11 months ago
    • Connor Witengier
      Connor Witengier

      Do you know how to get the defect detector updates? Me and a friend have gone railfanning with a radio scanner and can't find how to receive updates

      about 1 year ago
    • Virginia Lover Productions
      Virginia Lover Productions


      about 1 year ago
    • atheman90

      Nicely done. Keep up the good work.

      about 1 year ago
    • David Connell
      David Connell

      I just saw this video for the first time a couple days ago. It's a terrific piece of videography!

      about 1 year ago
    • coolleo149 Smith County, Texas
      coolleo149 Smith County, Texas

      First part defective detector was speaking on the radio and the Amtrak was ok

      about 1 year ago
    • Jeremy Williams
      Jeremy Williams

      I'll be going on the Capital Limited in December I sure do hope to see some snow

      about 1 year ago
    • RailfanWill

      7:07 before 184 got its phase IV paint scheme

      about 1 year ago
    • Christian Hickman
      Christian Hickman

      1:16 Best horn out of the video! #21 wins.

      about 2 years ago
    • Evaristo Ortiz
      Evaristo Ortiz

      0:45 It's nice to see people jumping the lights at level crossings.

      about 2 years ago
    • FLNY Mike
      FLNY Mike

      What's with a superliner train in Pennsylvania?

      about 3 years ago
    • Physeter macrocephalus
      Physeter macrocephalus In reply to FLNY Mike

      @Christian Hickman
      The Northeast Regional takes 12 hours to travel from Boston to Norfolk but that train uses Amfleets

      about 3 months ago
    • Christian Hickman
      Christian Hickman In reply to FLNY Mike

      Because the capital limited is a overnight train, in that case superliners will be in use for the long trip to provide more space for more passengers and a sleeper cars for the passengers to sleep. Amfleets are too small for a overnight trip and for a trip over 8-10 hours long.

      about 8 months ago
    • Josh Leffers
      Josh Leffers In reply to FLNY Mike

      Yeah that’s just how the Capitol Limited is. I thought it was weird too.

      about 1 year ago
    • Amtrak Enthusiast
      Amtrak Enthusiast In reply to FLNY Mike

      Florida Railfanning 812 it goes from Washington, D.C. To Chicago

      about 2 years ago
    • Brandon Jones
      Brandon Jones

      Seems csx left amtraks horn in the dust

      about 3 years ago
    • Caleb Faircloth
      Caleb Faircloth

      2:05 i would pass out if i heard that horn

      about 3 years ago
    • John Moore
      John Moore

      what would you is the number of people on these trains 50%, 75% full?

      about 3 years ago
    • John Moore
      John Moore In reply to John Moore

      +Steven Michael   Thanks for the info

      about 3 years ago
    • Steven Michael
      Steven Michael In reply to John Moore

      +John Moore Usually 90+ (surprisingly)

      about 3 years ago
    • p42Amtrak83

      I didn't realize that you renamed the channel.  I've watched this video dozens of times.  Such great scenery, quality, and videography.

      about 4 years ago
    • Jaw Tooth
      Jaw Tooth

      I'm going to film trains in Harrisburg Pa in JUly.  Would you like to sub for sub?

      about 4 years ago
    • geoffmackley


      about 4 years ago
    • Ted Cartwright
      Ted Cartwright

      Very nice collection. Loved the 7 min mark.

      about 4 years ago
    • SoCalRailfan

      Very good production! What Camera(s) were used throughout the video?

      about 4 years ago
    • Keith Hartje
      Keith Hartje

      5:38 - holy shit !!!

      about 4 years ago
    • Steven Michael
      Steven Michael

      11:05 What in the world...

      about 4 years ago