Watch­ing in awe

The Signal - - Food & Entertainment - By Michele Lutes Sig­nal Staff Writer

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.

Michele Lutes/The Sig­nal

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.

Caleb Lunetta/The Sig­nal

A fire­fighter shoots wa­ter to a freight train that caught fire. Fire De­part­ment of­fi­cials re­ported that there were no in­juries.

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