Skykomish, Washington USA - Virtual Railfan LIVE

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  • Published on:  Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • Actual start date: 6/5/18
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    Skykomish, WA, is located on BNSF Railway's Scenic Subdivision, the former Great Northern Railway (GN) mainline between the Twin Cities and Seattle. Specifically, SKY is at milepost 1732.3, with the mileage measured from 3rd Street in Saint Paul, but subtract 11 miles due to the 1920's-era (New) Cascade Tunnel.

    Both an ATCS layout and 3 radio feeds are available.

    Radio feed for the west side of Stevens Pass, from Baring to Scenic, including Skykomish itself:

    Radio feed for the east side of Stevens Pass, from the East Portal of the Cascade Tunnel to Winton:

    Radio feed for Wenatchee:

    Amtrak's "Empire Builder" between Chicago and Seattle/Portland passes this camera twice daily, once per direction, the westbound train #7 in the morning and the eastbound train #8 in the evening. This is the Seattle section of the "Builder"; the Portland section (trains #27 and #28) is removed/added at Spokane, WA. The "Empire Builder" is named after James J. Hill, the founder of the GN.

    The (New) Cascade Tunnel is 13 miles east of Skykomish, was opened in 1929, replacing the shorter and higher in elevation (Old) Cascade Tunnel, and is 7.8 miles (12.6 kilometers) long. Ventilation between trains takes up to 30 minutes. Information on the ventilation system can be found here:

    The engine on display across the tracks from the camera is former Great Northern (GN) SD9 #599, built by EMD in May 1958, and was 1 of 2 GN SD9's equipped with dynamic brakes. Later renumbered to BN #6126, to BNSF #6126, to #1731, and then donated to Skykomish.

    When’s the next train? Yeah, we get this a lot. You can figure out the next Amtrak passenger train with this handy link:
    There’s no schedule for freight trains, but some of our more knowledgeable members will provide real-time information when it’s available. Please refrain from asking.

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