Essex (Amtrak station)
The Empire Builder and the Izaak Walton Inn.
|Address||290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
Essex, MT 59916
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Owned by||BNSF Railway/Izaak Walton Inn|
|Passengers (2013)||3,869 15%|
Essex, Montana is the only flag stop on the Amtrak Empire Builder route. The community of Essex, MT itself has a year-round population of less than 50, so nearly all passengers boarding or detraining in Essex are destined for the nearby historic Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Montana.
The Empire Builder stops at a short platform located just around a curve from the Inn, with that location chosen so that departing/arriving passengers do not need to walk across the tracks in the little rail yard to reach the Inn. There currently is no station building at Essex. (The only remaining piece of the original station is the sign with the name "Essex" on it, currently affixed to a small shed adjacent to the platform.) In late 2010, Amtrak built a concrete platform with embedded heating coils (for automatic snow clearance) to replace the old asphalt platform, and also added additional lighting and fencing.
A van from the Inn meets both the morning eastbound and the evening westbound Empire Builders to convey departing/arriving passengers between the platform and the Inn. The Izaak Walton Inn is open year round.
Notes and references
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Montana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Amtrak - Great American Stations". Amtrak. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- 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.
- Media related to Essex (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Essex, Montana at GoNorthwest.com website
- Izaak Walton Inn website
- Essex (ESM) Station, Great American Stations website