Across Marias Pass

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Stretched against the stunning backdrop of Glacier National Park, Burlington Northern’s transcontinental mainline climbs up and over the rugged Rocky Mountains.

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Stretched against the stunning backdrop of Glacier National Park, Burlington Northern’s transcontinental mainline climbs up and over the rugged Rocky Mountains. One scenic splendor after another unfolds as long freight trains struggle up the mountain pass. It’s the pre-merger days of the early 1990s and Pentrex is trackside to record the battle of trains and nature. The grandeur of the mountains is almost overwhelming as we explore the line from Whitefish, Montana to points east of Browning. You’ll see trains snake their way through the tunnels and along the banks of the wild middle fork of the Flathead River. Train after train rumbles through forests of aspen and larch decked out in glorious fall colors or struggles against winter’s storms.

After crossing over the high bridges and through the famous snow sheds, the trains work hard up the pass to crest the summit. Marias Pass takes on a different look on the east slope. Wild, desolate country with ever-present mountains marks the high plateau. You’ll see trains cross over Two Medicine Bridge and struggle upgrade through Grizzley. The solitude of Spotted Robe is broken as you watch a heavy grain train grind its way up the grade. Burlington Northern and Mother Nature’s combine to make this stretch of railroad a place to be visited time and time again. No matter how often you’ve been here before, you won’t want to miss this vision of magnificent Marias Pass.

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13 reviews for Across Marias Pass

  1. Adrian C Duncan

    An outstanding lineside record of a very interesting stretch of railroad. Great scenery very well photographed, and an informative commentary. Both summer and winter scenes are included. Recommended!

  2. Dan

    Hardworking trains and breathtaking scenery; on a five star scale, “Across Marias Pass” deserves a ten! This is pre-merger Burlington Northern still proudly wearing Cascade Green, with plenty of foreign and leased power mixed in. Photography and narration are flawless, and perfectly capture the beauty and grandeur of the landscape and the challenges it poses for the train crews. This was one of the first programs in my collection in the early ’90s, and it’s still one of the of “go to” programs I reach for when I can’t decide what to watch. And it’s only gotten better with time!

  3. iliketrains

    Cannot go wrong with BN in the mountains of Montana. High quality videography and narration.

  4. david holland

    i love this video so so much. bn looks so great in montana. tons of interesting stuff in this video including leasers, foreign power, special loads, santa fe locos before being merged with the bn to form bnsf. tons of great montana mountain scenery. this video is worth the watch.

  5. Andyweise

    Was not expecting anything more than average but was surprised. Had a very good decription of train operations and was quite scenic. Did not know the interesting details of BN train numbering until after watching this video.

  6. Dylan Jones

    I purchased this video back when VHS was king (like most fans), and it is amazing. Awesome footage of classic BN Cascade Green and lots of Amtrak F40’s! The footage not only includes trains, but also shows a lot of Montana’s beauty. Even shows a few bears!

  7. TrainboySD40-2

    …and I hope you like both those things, because this is BN in the 90s! Marias Pass is an interesting area both geologically and visually, and I love seeing BN’s bright locomotives running through it.

  8. nssd60e

    Big time BN railroading in the mountains of Montana, watch those beautiful Cascade green engines show the mountain who’s boss. A must have for any BN fan

  9. rrvideoman, Delisle Saskatchewan

    Mountain railroading is always a very interesting part of the industry. Marias Pass is another wonder of railroad action at it’s finest. While it may be lacking in the height and steep grades of other mountain passes, in does not lack in scenic view points. Through western Montana, we are treated to a long gone parade of Burlington Northern’s cascade green power, and a few extra’s from other companies like the blue and yellow Santa Fe’s. Rugged mountains and tall bridges make for a gorgeous backdrop of this famed mountain region. Add in some beautiful Vistas and Resorts at or near Glacier National Park really adds to the interest. Lots of tunnels and snow sheds are also seen along the way. Appearances by Amtrak’s Empire Builder make a nice touch to the variety of trains. And we are also treated to some winter scenic beauty and trains battling the elements of Mother Nature. A great video presentation that I am pleased to have as a part of my collection. I know that all who purchase this video will be every bit as pleased.

  10. KC fan

    Another very well done product. I acquired this for Christmas a year or two ago. It is a great show. first off you cant go wrong with the BN, and then put 1990s pentrex up to the task to cover it and you know it will be done right. Great narration, great videography, and the snow shots are some of the best pentrex scenes I have ever seen, especially with the oakway SD60s on non coal service in Montana. buy it people.

  11. Kraig

    This is one of my all time favorite Pentrex videos. Shot in the early 90s, shows plenty of railroad action on the old Burlington Northern. Contains great scenic spots and lots of action with the plenty of Burlington Northern green! The beauty of this area is shown in great detail through this video. After watching this video my wife and I actually went to stay at the famous Izaak Walton Inn which is shown in the video. Well worth the money and for those that enjoyed the Burlington Northern a must have!

  12. Arthur Patzwald

    Neat video shot in all 4 seasons big when BN Green still ruled the railroad

  13. Kevin Willie

    Great Video

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