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Photo ID: 711421

This former Santa Fe F45 is now repainted in Great Northern "Big Sky Blue" and repurposed as a luxury cabin at the Izaak Walton Inn at Essex, MT. The inn itself was built in 1939 by the Great Nort... (more)

Railroad: Great Northern
Locomotive: EMD F45
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: GN 441
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 26, 2019


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By: Doug Boudrow

Added: Sep 29, 2019

Views: 9,615
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Photo ID: 711337

The Eastbound Empire Builder passes the famous Izaak Walton Inn just before making the flag stop at Essex station. The inn was built in 1939 by the Great Northern Railway to house workers on this ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 60
Train ID: AMTK 8
Photo Date: September 28, 2019


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By: Doug Boudrow

Added: Sep 29, 2019

Views: 4,944
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Favorited: 8

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Photo ID: 559559

Christmas Eve
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy caboose (waycar in CB&Q parlance) No. 14602 glows in the gathering twilight of Christmas Eve 2007. The Izaak Walton Inn at Essex, Montana, ha... (more)

Railroad: Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Locomotive: caboose
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: CBQ 14602
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December 24, 2007


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Dec 24, 2015

Views: 8,292
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Favorited: 33
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Photo ID: 470462

While there are many great lodging establishments that have a railroad theme and are close to active lines, the Izaak Walton Inn on Marias Pass is a railfan's paradise. Adding inspiration (as if o... (more)

Railroad: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Locomotive: GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW)
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 5230
Train ID: Helpers
Photo Date: February 07, 2014


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By: Dave Schauer

Added: Feb 18, 2014

Views: 12,463
Comments: 7

Favorited: 53
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Photo ID: 470133

Marias Pass in known for heavy snow and my recent trip there didn't disappoint. I had shot the pass in spring, summer and fall but never winter. The Izaak Walton was a busy place with skiers takin... (more)

Railroad: Great Northern
Locomotive: EMD F45
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: GN 441
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February, 2014


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By: Dave Schauer

Added: Feb 16, 2014

Views: 8,786
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Favorited: 32


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Photo ID: 443581

An interior shot of the "GN441 Luxury Locomotive Lodge" at the Izaak Walton Inn at Essex, Montana. This shot shows the main lounge area.

Railroad: Great Northern
Locomotive: EMD F45
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: GN 441
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 16, 2013


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By: Chris Walters

Added: Jul 16, 2013

Views: 12,620
Comments: 8

Favorited: 50

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Photo ID: 408731

Essex, Montana: There are railroad towns and then there is Essex. Located on the former Great Northern Railway's Marias Pass line, the small community was and still is a critical helper sta... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44DC
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 7315
Train ID: O-WHITOP1-09A
Photo Date: September 09, 2012


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By: Justin Franz

Added: Sep 10, 2012

Views: 4,149
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Favorited: 20

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Photo ID: 348958

In a time honored shot, and somewhat of a tradition over the years with Alta-Mont railfan weekend attendees, BNSF 6819 patiently waits its next helper assist up Marias Pass, late in the evening on... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6819
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 13, 2003


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By: Rick Newton

Added: Dec 19, 2010

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Favorited: 30
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Photo ID: 297687

Izaak Walton Inn`s newest form of accomodation has been lifted into position and is being readied for it`s first guests.

Railroad: Great Northern
Locomotive: EMD F45
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: GN 441
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 12, 2009


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By: Jim Schmitzer

Added: Sep 19, 2009

Views: 12,576
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Favorited: 46
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Photo ID: 268668

I was traipsing around the small Essex Yard to get some close up shots of the vintage SD40 Helpers reposing there when suddenly this westbound grain train snuck up on me. It's amazing how quiet a... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW)
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 5287
Train ID: BNSF G-SPLTAC9-19
Photo Date: December 22, 2008


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By: Dave Blaze...

Added: Jan 25, 2009

Views: 3,705
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Favorited: 12


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Photo ID: 266125

It's 11 AM on Christmas Eve and the ubiqitous Essex Helpers have returned from an eastbound workout. They are drifting into the yard and passing the famous 1939 built ex GN landmark. Cascade Gre... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6818
Train ID: unknown
Photo Date: December 24, 2008


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By: Dave Blaze...

Added: Jan 05, 2009

Views: 4,353
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Favorited: 18
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Photo ID: 264746

A pair of GP38s lead the "Mountain Work Train" back into the east end of the compact little Essex Yard after running over the divide and down to Browning to pick up single air dump. This job is t... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 2124
Train ID: Mountain Work Train
Photo Date: December 22, 2008


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By: Dave Blaze...

Added: Dec 25, 2008

Views: 4,808
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Favorited: 28
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Photo ID: 264468

Merry Christmas from the Izaak Walton Inn The helpers idle outside awaiting their next call to duty in just about two hours. The Inn is decorated merrily for the holiday and these two bears sit... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6818
Train ID: Helpers
Photo Date: December 22, 2008


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By: Dave Blaze...

Added: Dec 23, 2008

Views: 3,447
Comments: 1

Favorited: 10
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Photo ID: 260425

In response to comments about the cabooses that appear across the tracks from the Izaak Walton Inn (photo 260312), these are static cabooses that are available for rent from the Inn. There are a ... (more)

Railroad: Montana Rail Link
Locomotive: None
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: X99
Train ID: static caboose
Photo Date: June 03, 2008


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By: Jim Sinclair

Added: Nov 17, 2008

Views: 10,529
Comments: 4

Favorited: 34

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Photo ID: 260312

A helper set with BNSF 6819 and 6816 move out of the Essex Yard and onto their primary task of pushing heavy tonnage trains over Marias Pass. The hummingbird feeding on the porch of the Izaak Wal... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6819
Train ID: Helper Set
Photo Date: June 04, 2008


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By: Jim Sinclair

Added: Nov 16, 2008

Views: 14,771
Comments: 5

Favorited: 27

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