Amtrak Texas Eagle passing Irwin’s Park outside Auburn Illinois

Amtrak Texas Eagle 21 heading towards Irwin’s Park outside Auburn Illinois on upgraded track. We see a car trying to beat train – granted gates weren’t down yet – but their impatience could have caused them serious harm.

I have to be very critical of myself now. When recording I wasn’t behind new safety fencing on both sides of tracks. I didn’t think I’d get long distance shot I wanted from there. I did back away from tracks before train approached crossing – but in my opinion I was still to close to tracks.

From a safety standpoint I wasn’t located where I should be and this affects quality of video. Keeping a good distance between yourself and a fast moving train is always smart. That day in October I should have stepped back further.

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