A Train Fans Delight: The Izaak Walton Inn

The weather here in DC has been absolutely disgusting as of late: temperatures are in the mid nineties and the humidity is at about 80 percent this late morning! Just by standing around outside the house doing nothing one is drenched in seconds.

Well, thanks to one Willis Haviland Carrier, "the father of cool", I am sitting comfortably in my computer room running the house air conditioning and running up the electric bill. No better time then this to reorganize my railroad video collection! I had been planning on doing just that for quite some time, but never found the time or nerve to start doing it. Currently there are dozens of DVDs floating around. Some have a mere few minutes of video on them, others are reasonably filled up. Time to consolidate all this stuff!

In the process I thought I would share some of the more memorable videos by putting them on my blog every so often. Some of them are quite old and also remember, I am not the worlds best videographer and/or photographer.

The following video was done in Montana. For many years I had wanted to stay at the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Montana.

Izaak Walton Inn (Photo by Ralf Meier)

Any US rail fan knows that this establishment is located right next to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe's (BNSF) principle northern transcontinental main line. An added bonus is the fact that Marias Pass, which BNSF traverses, is only a short drive away. And then of course there is Glacier National Park. An absolutely spectacular place to visit! Glacier National Park in late April (Photo by Ralf Meier)

We spent about a week at the inn. It was great watching and listening to the trains going by. Of course, the railroad does not sleep, so getting a good nights sleep may be an issue for some folks. We did quite rapidly get used to the engine growl and turbo whine happening during the night. It was the dynamic braking that got the better of me at times. 

A couple of days were spent chasing trains at Marias Pass. Even at this time of the year we ran into quite a few diehard railroad fans. Lots of trains going through. Of course mostly BNSF, but there also is Amtrak's Empire Builder. It runs daily between Chicago and Seattle in both directions. The Izaak Walton Inn actually has a demand stop for the Empire Builder.