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Skykomish, Washington USA – Virtual Railfan LIVE

This is a live stream of Skykomish, Washington, USA, for people who enjoy watching trains.

Actual start date: 6/5/18

Like the view and the trains? Come stay with us at the Cascadia Inn!

Interested in the 7 1/2 inch gauge RR across the way?

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This 360 camera is set to “auto IR mode”, so it will be black-and-white during the night, and color during daytime.

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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:

Radio feed for the east side of Stevens Pass:

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 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.

Virtual Railfan currently has 77 cams at 47 locations in 22 states and 4 countries. Visit our website for memberships, more free cams, and our own live chat. Thanks for stopping by, we’re glad you’re here!

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