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Essex, MT (ESM)

The only flag stop on the route of the Empire Builder, Essex is home to the historic Izaak Walton Inn, originally built in 1939 to house railroad personnel.

Station Facts

Essex, MT Station Photo

Essex, Montana

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

Annual Station Revenue (2014)
Annual Station Ridership (2014)


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


ATM Accessible Platform

Routes Served

  • Empire Builder


Rob Eaton
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Station History

Essex is a flag stop along the route of the Empire Builder. The train stops only when passengers are present, either on the train or station platform, and ticketed to and/or from this station. Reservations are required.

A 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.

Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this station, which is served by two daily trains.