The Cabooses of Essex, Montana


At the intersection of US Highway 2 and Izaak Walton Road.
Am still looking for the identity of this (private) caboose. Anyone know?



Just on the south side of the Road, across from the Izaak Walton parking lot.
This caboose was never actually owned by the Great Northern Railway Company.
It was added to Inn rentals during early 2012. Ex-Burlington Northern Railroad:


Proof of origin. BN truck side frame casting, the center sill stencil is BN #12041:
(If built c.August-September, 1975, PC&F, then I actually helped construct this caboose.)



The Inn also has four caboose cabins on the knoll west across the BNSF Railway tracks.

Adding to confusion, we see yet another example painted Great Northern Railway #97:
Ex-Burlington Northern Railroad #10571. Never actually Great Northern Railway owned:


Also seeking the heritage of this next one, below. Anyone know?


Ex-Montana Rail link #1002, nee Burlington Northern Railroad #12016:
(I actually helped build this caboose, in August of 1975)


Ex-Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad waycar #14602:


Last we head south past the Inn. This one (private) is about one fourth mile further on.
Ex-Burlington Northern Railroad #12137. Never actually Great Northern Railway owned.
This is on the west side of Parma Drive. The Essex Amtrak platform & shelter is seen through trees:


Additional Recent Arrivals!

Late 2012, the following two were added to the rentals available at the Inn.
Both are located at 280 Izaak Walton Road:

Ex-Northern Pacific Railway #1506:


Ex-Great Northern Railway #X-215:



To top it all off, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has a Burlington Northern RR caboose,
which can at times be found here at Essex with their work equipment in the yard. Unfortunately,
it never seems to be set out where I can catch it clearly from public view. Yet...


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