We run a small sports management and video production company
We are taking a trip west next month and planning to film a rail fan video
of the BNSF "hi line" that runs along US #2 through North Dakota and
Montana. We'd be very interested in any suggestions on good "train
spotting" locations along this line, good places to visit, contacts and
sources of information on this division of BNSF, etc. Post here or email to
the email address on the above website.
- Tom & Meghan
Basically anywhere between East Glacier and Sandpoint.
Bob Del Grosso's books 'A Railfan's Guide to Marias Pass' and
'Montana's Marias Pass: Early GN Mileposts and BNSF Guide' are great
to have, but out of print at Great Northern Pacific Publications. You
may find a copy at the Izaak Walton Inn, a MUST stop at Essex MT. Also
useful Northwest Region Timetable and Mountain Plains Region Timetable
from Altamont Press. More of the useful stuff 'Montana Railroad Maps'
and 'Washington & Northern Idaho Railroad Maps' available from David
Cooley, (see the sample page of Marias Pass here (
To get some more ideas about what you will see try renting these from
your hobby shop.
Also web resources.
BTW remember that Maria Pass is grizzly bear and black bear country as
well as home to 'Rocky'.
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