Essex (Amtrak station)

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Isaak Walton Inn.jpg
The Empire Builder and the Izaak Walton Inn.
Location 290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
Essex, MT 59916
Coordinates 48°16′31″N 113°36′37″W / 48.27525°N 113.61030°W / 48.27525; -113.61030Coordinates: 48°16′31″N 113°36′37″W / 48.27525°N 113.61030°W / 48.27525; -113.61030
Owned by BNSF Railway/Izaak Walton Inn
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Parking None
Other information
Station code ESM
Passengers (2014) 2,920[1]Decrease 24.5%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Empire Builder
toward Chicago

Essex is a flag stop on Amtrak's Empire Builder. The conductor and engineer have computer-generated lists of any passengers needing to board or detrain, and thus know if the Empire Builder needs to stop in Essex on any given day. The community of Essex, Montana has a year-round population of less than 50. Most passengers are destined for nearby historic Izaak Walton Inn located just around a bend from the Essex platform.[2][3]

There currently is no station building at Essex. In late 2010, Amtrak built a concrete platform with embedded heating coils for automatic snow clearance to replace the former asphalt platform, and also added additional lighting and fencing.

A van from the Inn meets arriving Empire Builder passengers, with a promise to meet the train regardless of any lateness. The Izaak Walton Inn is open year round.


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Montana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak - Great American Stations". Amtrak. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  3. ^ Grau, Kara; Bruns-Dubois, Melissa; Nickerson, Norma P. (December 2006). "The Economic Review of the Travel Industry in Montana" (PDF). Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 

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