Watching in awe
Santa Clarita residents Mason and Nathan Goldfarb thought it would be a normal shopping day while on winter break from school — but when they looked to their left, they saw and smelled a cloud of smoke.
A mile-long freight train sat on their right, with flames flying from its front engine.
“We were driving on (Soledad Canyon Road) when we saw the flames,” said the 13-year-old twin brothers.
Siren sounds filled their ears as their mother, Rachelle, turned the corner so the boys could see.
“We’ve loved trains since we were kids,” Nathan Goldfarb said.
Starting off at a young age, the two boys fell in love with trains, filming almost every one they’ve seen, they said.
“Thankfully,” said Mason Goldfarb, when they saw the train that caught fire was not carrying people. “This is our first time seeing a train fire in real life.”
“This is a once in a blue moon occurrence for us,” Nathan Goldfarb said. “We are going to stay to see if anything is going to come rescue it.”
The young train enthusiasts sat to watch first responders put out the fire and figure out where it started.
The fire came from the main engine electrical panel, according to fire officials.
Santa Clarita residents Mason Goldfarb, left, and Nathan Goldfarb point at a mile-long freight train that caught fire Thursday. The brothers stayed at the scene to see what would happen to the train.
A firefighter shoots water to a freight train that caught fire. Fire Department officials reported that there were no injuries.