Every day, thousands of steel wheels roll over hundreds of miles of welded rail in eastern Washington State, carrying raw materials and goods bound for distant destinations. BNSF's Northern Transcon passes golden fields of wheat, grass hay, and other crops found in the rolling hills between Pasco and Spokane. Stretching nearly 150 miles across The Evergreen State, the Lakeside Subdivision sees over 50 trains per day and traffic continues to increase.
Our tour begins at the busy hump yard in Pasco where rail cars from all over the nation are classified. Then we turn east, as trains roll past acres of rich farmland dotted with small towns and big grain elevators. Trains put on a great show climbing Providence Hill and rolling through Marshall Canyon in the snow. The Lakeside Sub sees unit coal, grain, and oil trains as well as mixed manifests and intermodal trains running between Portland, Oregon and Chicago. Amtrak’s Empire Builder makes several appearances too.
If you like modern day mainline railroading, then come along with us as we travel "East to Spokane” on BNSF's Lakeside Sub!
2 hours 15 minutes
WIDESCREEN DVD NTSC No Region Code
May be viewed with or without narration.
An early morning eastbound crosses the Columbia River after entering the Lakeside Subdivision at SP&S Junction. The crew will soon tie up at Pasco Yard.
BNSF 4633 east leads an empty grain train past the Tokio Elevators near Ritzville, Washington.
An empty Roberts Bank BC coal train heads east passing acres of farmland while climbing the west side of Providence Hill.
BNSF 5094 leads an eastbound manifest over the summit of Providence Hill.
In the golden hour of the day, the headlights of a westbound grain shuttle appear around a curve as the train climbs through the rolling hills of eastern Washington.
A westbound manifest crosses the high bridge over Latah Creek as it departs Spokane for Marshall Canyon via the "Hi Line." Below, an eastbound Q train enters Spokane via the “Low Line” at Empire. Both mains come together at Sunset Junction.
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