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.
290 Izaak Walton Inn Road Izaak Walton Inn Essex, MT 59916
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- Empire Builder
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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.