Come on an exciting journey through the rugged mountains of northern Idaho and northwestern Montana! BNSF’s Kootenai River Subdivision is a busy section of the Northern Transcon running between Sandpoint Junction and Whitefish.
High priority Z trains race between Chicago and the west coast. Stack trains, grain, coal, oil, and mixed merchandise trains run back and forth across the beautiful countryside. This seldom visited line connects two well known railfan hot spots: The Funnel and Marias Pass. It follows the very scenic Kootenai River through the densely forested Cabinet Mountains, allowing trains to sprint along the water level course. Then it’s a steady 1% climb through the Salish Range where the thunder of hard-working diesels echoes through the mountains.
The top of the grade is marked by the seven mile long Flathead Tunnel, the second longest in the United States. Modern diesel locomotives are everywhere including GE ES44C4’s, GEOVS, Dash 9’s, EMD SD70ACe’s, SD70MAC’s, even SD90/43AC’s make an appearance on Union Pacific’s nearby Spokane Sub. Great railroading action and fantastic scenery abound in BNSF Railway’s Kootenai River Sub!
2 hours 7 minutes
WIDESCREEN DVD NTSC No Region Code
May be viewed with or without narration.
A pair of faded Santa Fe Warbonnets lead an eastbound along the Kootenai River in a beautiful fall setting near Libby, MT.
A westbound Z train passes the signals guarding West Troy on a cool winter's morning.
Eastbound empty oil cans exit the seven mile long Flathead Tunnel while a westbound holds the main.
A westbound Bakken oil train passes under Highway 2 as it follows the Kootenai River west of Troy.
BNSF 5288 east takes a mixed manifest through Naples, Idaho.
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