The Funnel: BNSF's Spokane Sub

The Funnel: BNSF's Spokane Sub
The Funnel: BNSF's Spokane Sub
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Since the days of the Burlington Northern, The Funnel has seen some of the heaviest rail traffic in the  Northwest. Now part of the busy BNSF Northern Transcon, this 70 mile-long corridor between Spokane, Washington and Sandpoint, Idaho is still a railfan magnet.

7idea Productions paid several visits to this scenic line in different seasons. Our tour begins at Latah Junction where trains roll in and out of downtown Spokane. The tracks travel in a northeasterly direction into the Idaho panhandle before crossing the 5,000 foot Lake Pend Oreille Bridge and arriving at Sandpoint Junction. Unit grain trains, coal, intermodal, vehicle, manifests and the new Bakken oil trains all use this important route.

With over 50 trains per day on a line with several sections of single track, dispatchers and crews have to stay on their toes to keep things rolling. From clear summer days, to cold winter nights, this is great railroad action you don't want to miss!

Shot in stunning hi-definition between 2009 and 2013.

1 hour 59 minutes
WIDESCREEN DVD NTSC No Region Code
1080i Hi-Definition Blu-ray BD-R
May be viewed with or without narration.

 

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The sun prepares to set over Yardley, BNSF's busy yard in Spokane which dates back to the days of the Northern Pacific.
The sun prepares to set over Yardley, BNSF's busy yard in Spokane which dates back to the days of the Northern Pacific.

A Chicago to south Seattle Z train rounds a high speed curve over the Granite Fill.
A Chicago to south Seattle Z train rounds a high speed curve over the Granite Fill.

A Burlington Northern GP39E is on the point of a local working between Sandpoint and Spokane.
A Burlington Northern GP39E is on the point of a local working between Sandpoint and Spokane.

An eastbound stack train ducks under Highway 95 at Alogma.
An eastbound stack train ducks under Highway 95 at Alogma.

A 112 car empty grain train crosses the nearly 5,000 foot Lake Pend Oreille Bridge as it approaches Sandpoint, Idaho.
A 112 car empty grain train crosses the nearly 5,000 foot Lake Pend Oreille Bridge as it approaches Sandpoint, Idaho.

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