Essex, MT (ESM)

Essex is home to the historic Izaak Walton Inn, originally built in 1939 to house railroad personnel.

Izaak Walton Inn
290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
Essex, MT 59916-9710

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (FY 2019): $435,670
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2019): 3,408
  • Facility Ownership: N/A
  • Parking Lot Ownership: N/A
  • Platform Ownership: BNSF Railway
  • Track Ownership: BNSF Railway

Rob Eaton
Regional Contact
governmentaffairssea@amtrak.com
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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 installed a 190 foot long concrete platform with tactile edging 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.

Platform only (no shelter)

Features

  • ATM available
  • Quik-Trak kiosks not available
  • No ticket sales office
  • Vending Machines

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping not available
  • No checked baggage service
  • No checked baggage storage
  • Bike boxes not available
  • No baggage carts
  • Ski bags not available
  • Bag storage not available
  • Shipping boxes not available
  • No baggage assistance

Parking

  • Same-day parking is not available
  • Overnight parking is not available

Accessibility

  • Accessible platform
  • No restrooms
  • No accessible ticket office
  • No accessible waiting room
  • No accessible water fountain
  • Accessible same-day parking is not available
  • Accessible overnight parking is not available
  • No high platform
  • No wheelchair
  • No wheelchair lift