The best train video you’ll see today


Sure, that’s a bold claim. But odds are you don’t watch too many train videos so I’ve got a decent chance of winning on that bet.

Early last month Union Pacific engineers outside Chicago spent the weekend replacing the “Deval diamond,” a transit point for five tracks used for freight and commuter rail service. Getting that replaced without causing mayhem for any of the regular users is no easy task. The 48-hour timeline was planned in spectacular detail and they even managed to make some improvements to the diamond design, like better drainage and fewer bolts holding everything together (in a good way; they’re considered the weak link not the leftover stuff you find once that Ikea furniture is finally assembled).

More photos and details from the work on the Union Pacific site here. But the couple minutes watching the work get done is pretty cool. More about the Deval diamond here.

And, for bonus coverage, the 2014 conversion of a station in Japan from above ground to subway is pretty cool, too.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

7 Comments

    1. Too bad Network Rail has been removing all the cool time lapse constructions videos including the one when they drive a railroad bridge into place over a long weekend..Way cooler than track reconstruction. I only watched one train related video today.

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