Sandpoint, ID is a great place to watch trains. I wish the photos were better.
This train is headed to Spokane along the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. The lake
is quite large and we are on the highway bridge on Rt. 95. Idaho nicely widen the
bridge and made the old part a bike path. So, you can sit there undisturbed all
day if you wish and shoot trains. We caught 3 in 30 minutes on this Friday
evening. I would like to thank the
"Funnelfan" for his excellent railfanning pages. I wish we had had the time
to take full advantage of the info he provided. Check it out!
We are on our way to Cranbrook in British Columbia, Canada.
BNSF heads West just a few miles West of the Izaak Walton Inn on
Rt. 2. These photos are
from our trip to Canada and Montana via Washington and Idaho. The trip was a
mixed bag. We had bad weather and camera problems which hurt the pictures.
My wife shot some of
the photos while I shot video. I'd like to thank her for her efforts.
BNSF 4341 leads a trailer train near
Glacier National Park in Montana.
After our rainy visit to Canada we dropped down for a rainy visit to Montana. We
had a great stay at the
Izaak Walton Inn in Essex. Actually the inn is Essex.
It was built in 1939 by the Great Northern as a crew hotel. Well, now it is
oriented toward the railfan. They have a nice library of books and tapes, a
gift shop and lots of old photos and railroadiana around. There is a liberal but
tasteful use of rail spikes for anything from lamp fixtures to toilet
BNSF 4962 heads a container train near Glacier National Park. One can
chase trains and get some great scenes off of Rt. 2. The
Izaak Walton Inn
provided us with a train chasing map. Note the concrete ties here. This may be a
shot from the new pedestrian bridge over the tracks at the inn. It was built so inn
customers and staff wouldn't have to walk on the tracks to get to their quarters.
The inn has 4 caboose which have beautifully finished interiors. They are sitting
on the hill on the opposite
side of the tracks from the main inn. The bridge also makes a nice railfan perch.
They just put it in service several days prior to our arrival (Sept. 4, 2000).
At Essex there is a small yard. If you are lazy or it is bad weather,
you can sit on the porch and watch trains. They keep several sets of helpers and
some work train equipment there. My wife took this shot of the work train
being setup for the day. We were there from Monday through Thursday morning.
Traffic was very light, perhaps 10 trains in 24 hours plus 2 Amtrak trains
which often stopped at Essex. It was totally dead between 10 AM and 5 PM. We
took that time to visit Glacier NP.
Goatlick Trestle is pretty spectacular. It can be found just about a
mile East of Essex. This is the spot where mountain goats come to lick minerals
from the valley walls. It is part of the park and there is ample off-road
parking and a restroom. Good place to hang out if the trains are running.
A tunnel is always an attraction for train chasers. There are several
on this line as well as a snow shed or two. I hope you have better weather than
we did. This shot is also West of the inn.
BNSF enters a tunnel. I have since forgotten the exact location.