Essex (Amtrak station)

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Isaak Walton Inn.jpg
The Empire Builder and the Izaak Walton Inn.
Station statistics
Address 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
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Parking None
Baggage check No
Other information
Station code ESM
Owned by BNSF Railway/Izaak Walton Inn
Passengers (2013) 3,869[1] Increase 15%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Empire Builder
toward Chicago

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.[2][3]

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[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Montana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  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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