BNSF Railway’s Gateway Subdivision stretches 203 miles between Klamath Falls, Oregon and Keddie, California.
This remote line traverses the semi-arid high country of extreme northern California meeting Union Pacific’s route through the Feather River Canyon at the famous Keddie Wye. The southern Cascades and northern Sierra Nevada mountain ranges offer both scenic vistas and many challenges for railroaders who work here. Much of this is former Western Pacific trackage that went to BNSF with the UP/SP merger.
Shot in all seasons, our cameras show trains pounding the diamond at Stronghold, enduring icy winter conditions at Lookout, climbing mountain grades of up to 2.2% near Almanor and nearly stalling while climbing out of the Feather River Canyon!