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Essex, MT (ESM)


Station Facts

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Essex, Montana

290 Izaak Walton Inn Road Izaak Walton Inn Essex, MT 59916

Annual Station Revenue (2013)
$554,167
Annual Station Ridership (2013)
3,869

Ownerships

Facility Ownership N/A
Parking Lot Ownership N/A
Platform Ownership BNSF Railway
Track Ownership BNSF Railway

Features

ATM Accessible Platform

Routes Served

  • Empire Builder

Contact

Rob Eaton
Regional Contact
governmentaffairsoak@amtrak.com
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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Station History

Essex is the only flag stop on the route of the Empire Builder. If there is a reservation for a passenger boarding or detraining, the train will stop. If not, it simply continues through Essex.

A new 190 foot long concrete platform with tactile edging was installed at Essex in late 2010. The approximately $416,000 project included the platform, railing, passenger/vehicle loading ramp, lighting, signage and a hydronic snow melting system.

Essex was originally home to a rail yard for the Great Northern Railway. The historic Izaak Walton Inn was built next to this yard in 1939 to house railroad personnel and snow removal crews. Despite a campaign for the inn to serve as an entrance to Glacier Park between East and West Glacier, the plan was not adopted.

As a result, the inn appears to be a huge structure in the middle of the wilderness. Today, it is a popular year-round stop for visitors, especially railroad buffs and cross country skiers.

The Essex stop is served by two daily trains.