7idea Productions takes you on a winter journey through Marias Pass! This spectacular mountain railroad skirts the southern boundary of Glacier National Park in Montana.
From Whitefish, travel east on BNSF’s Hi Line Subdivision as trains traverse the icy canyons along the Flathead River. Visit the iconic Izaak Walton Inn and maintenance of way yard at Essex. This is the base where snow fighting equipment is kept on hand for the annual war against snow. We will see spreaders and vintage Great Northern snow dozers at work keeping the line clear.
Avalanches are a constant hazard and we will take you into the heart of the snow shed district, from both trackside and the air, as trains battle the 1.8% climb to the Continental Divide. Unit grain, crude oil, intermodal, and several mixed manifest trains ply the rails daily, along with Amtrak’s Empire Builder.
Watch trains crest the top of the pass while gale force winds whip up the snow. On the east side, forests give way to open prairies as trains pass the classic GN station at Glacier Park and on to Spotted Robe. This is the perfect combination of big trains and beautiful mountain scenery in winter! Bundle up for Winter on Marias Pass!
2 Hours 23 Minutes
A westbound grain shuttle crosses the Flathead River at Coram.
BNSF 8122 West emerges from Shed 12 above Essex.
A Dash 9 powers a vintage GN Snow Dozer past the Amtrak platform at Essex.
An eastbound manifest climbs toward Java West at Sheep Creek Trestle.
A stack train drops down the 1.8% grade near Jave East.
BNSF 6798 shoves an empty oil train past former Snow Shed 4C near Blacktail.
Helpers enter Main 2 at Summit to help a stranded train on a stormy winter night.
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