Every day, thousands of steel wheels roll over hundreds of miles of welded rail in eastern Washington State, carrying raw materials and goods bound for distant destinations. BNSF’s Northern Transcon passes golden fields of wheat, grass hay, and other crops found in the rolling hills between Pasco and Spokane. Stretching nearly 150 miles across The Evergreen State, the Lakeside Subdivision sees over 50 trains per day and traffic continues to increase.
Our tour begins at the busy hump yard in Pasco where rail cars from all over the nation are classified. Then we turn east, as trains roll past acres of rich farmland dotted with small towns and big grain elevators. Trains put on a great show climbing Providence Hill and rolling through Marshall Canyon in the snow. The Lakeside Sub sees unit coal, grain, and oil trains as well as mixed manifests and intermodal trains running between Portland, Oregon and Chicago. Amtrak’s Empire Builder makes several appearances too.