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IN Lifestyle ON 17 Aug, 2016
How would you like to live in an old train like this classic red caboose? Let's face it: Very few forms of public transport are as amazing as trains. That's why we sometimes want to live in a house made of trains. Back in 1939, the town of Essex, MT was picking up steam. It has always been in the proximity of the alluring Glacier National Park. But when the great Nothern Railway placed a stop in Essex, it was similar to placing coals in the boiler of the train, and making a third entrance to the park.
In apprehension of all the future tourists and rail workers that would visit Essex, the Izaak Walton Inn was opened. The hotel was modern in every detail, consisting of 29 rooms, 12 bathrooms, a lobby, a dining room and a kitchen with a two-ton cook stove and the cost of the hotel was $40,000.
When the United States entered the World War II along with the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, plans for the new park entrance hit the back burner. At the same time, the big hotel in the tiny town was preserved. Its amazing staff and cozy rooms attracted many nature enthusiasts. These caboose cabins look like comfortable homes for train-lovers and nature-lovers alike. Wouldn't you want to stay in one?
This red caboose that zoomed through Essex in 1941 belonged to a Great Northern X215. It has been transformed into something really gorgeous for this hotel.
It has a fully equipped kitchen with all the modern facilities that one needs.
This contains all the modern details. Once you step inside you will completely forget that you are inside a train. It's totally amazing!
It consists of two sets of bunk beds, and a queen-sized bed along with the fireplace in the master bedroom. The above 60,000-pound rail car was hoisted by crane before it was trucked to Essex.
"We get a lot of rail fans here who just go crazy over the trains," Elise Wright, assistant general manager at the Izaak Walton Inn, told the Daily Inter Lake.
Each car blusters lovely, rustic details too. The birch walls in this car accent the 400-year-old reclaimed oak floor.
The GN X215 Caboose is not the only reason why train buffs are attracted to this inn. There are other beautifully restored cars on the premises as well, like the Great Northern 441 Locomotive.
This larger car can hold up to two couples, or a small family comfortably. The rooms are alluring.
This modern kitchen is a perfect place to cook some fresh, river-caught trout. It also contains all the modern necessities.
"Kids love the train cars, too," Wright noted.
The other converted cars include JJ, green and orange cabooses.
Though a track still runs by Essex, Amtrak only stops when there are passengers waiting.