All Aboard: ‘Railfans’ from around the world flock to Sandpoint to admire and photograph passing trains – Sandpoint Train Station (Sandpoint Train Depot)
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All Aboard: ‘Railfans’ from around the world flock to Sandpoint to admire and photograph passing trains

Short excerpt of an article by Rebecca Nappi of the Spokesman Review about Sandpoint and train watching.

About 50 trains chug through Sandpoint each day, night and day. Almost all carry cargo – grain, windmill turbines, airplane fuselages, even Barnum and Bailey circus elephants. Near midnight, and then again at 2:32 a.m., Amtrak’s “Empire Builder” drops and collects passengers; Sandpoint boasts the only Amtrak stop in Idaho.

“Railfans” from throughout the world travel to Sandpoint to train-watch and photograph trains roaring across the bridge over Lake Pend Oreille. It’s a magnificent meeting of water, mountain and machine.

Sandpoint traces its vital beginning to the railroads, and the railroads might be one key to its economic future – especially if aging baby boomers journey there in great numbers in search of trains.

The beginning

Marianne Love, Sandpoint writer and sage, grew up on a farm close to the railroad tracks. In 1996, she wrote a definitive article on Sandpoint’s train history for Sandpoint Magazine. “I don’t think we’d have a town if we didn’t have … Read the entire article

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