Essex, MT (ESM)
290 Izaak Walton Inn Rd.
Izaak Walton Inn
Essex, MT 59916
Note: Fiscal year is from
October through September.
Essex is the only flag stop on the route of the Empire Builder. If there is a reservation for a passenger boarding or detraining at Essex, the train will stop. If not, it simply continues through Essex.
A platform was recently completed at the Essex stop at a cost of $416,150, using FY10 capital funds. The project included concrete platform, 12' wide by 190' long; railing, passenger/vehicle loading ramp; platform lighting; hydronic snow melting system; space provision for a wheel-chair lift enclosure and signage.
Originally, Essex was 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 for the railway. 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.
Federal law requires compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by 2010. The following is a list of items typically required for transportation and public facilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please check the regulations for guidance or contact us for more information.
|Train information display system|
|Visual paging system|
|ADA compliant elevator|
|Accessible ticket counter|
|Accessible Customer Service office|
|ADA compliant signage|
|Flashing/audible safety alarm system|