1 Hour 46 Minutes
Great Northern’s historic crossing of Stevens Pass has never been
easy. The first two months of 2020 proved particularly harsh as “Old Man
Winter” relentlessly pounded BNSF’s Scenic Subdivision with a barrage
of winter storms. This provided the perfect setting for capturing
trains in punishing arctic conditions.
On the west side, we will visit Skykomish, which lies at the base of
the mountain grade. From here, trains dig in for the 2.2% climb across
the Foss River Trestle, over the icy waters of Deception Creek, and into
Scenic and the west bore of the 7.8-mile-long Cascade Tunnel.
On the east side, trains emerge back into the wintry setting at the
east portal of the Cascade Tunnel. From Berne, it’s a stiff 2.2%
descending grade to Merritt and Winton as the railroad navigates the
foothills of the Cascades. Leaving the snow zone behind, we will tour
the former railroad town of Leavenworth, which has been transformed into
a Bavarian village decorated in Christmas lights for most of the
winter. Bundle up and get ready for a chilling railroad adventure!