domingo, setembro 13, 2015

You’ll Want to Stay The Night in This Renovated Train Caboose (13 Pics)


This caboose that zoomed through Essex in 1941 belonged to a Great Northern X215. It has been converted into something really special for this hotel.

It’s a beautiful and modern dwelling that can house up to six. Once you step inside, you almost forget that you’re standing in the belly of a caboose.

A family can keep cozy in this renovated caboose that has a fully equipped kitchen, two sets of bunk beds, and a queen-sized bed with a gas fireplace in the master bedroom.

his 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.

The GN X215 Caboose isn’t 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 car represents the diesels that once rolled past the Izaak Walton Inn every day.

Each car boasts lovely, rustic details as well. The birch walls in this car accent the 400-year-old reclaimed oak floor.

This larger car can hold up to two couples or a small family. The modern kitchen is the perfect place to cook up some fresh, river-caught trout.

This car, obviously the conductor's locomotive, still retains some of its original parts. “Kids love the train cars, too," Wright noted.

The hotel also boasts other converted cars, like the JJ, Green, and Orange cabooses.

Nowadays, though a track still runs by Essex, Amtrak only stops when there are passengers waiting.

Although it never became the third entrance to Glacier National Park, the stop has become important over time, especially for BNSF Railway Co. freight trains that need helper engines to push their heavy loads over Marias Pass.

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