|The most practical mode of tranporation to Essex
Amtrak Empire Builder. The eastbound Builder shows up
on schedule on a Saturday morning.
|The sleeping car patrons, all snug in their bunks...|
|Another on-time departure.|
|Destination: The Izaak Walton Inn.
Mostly full of Nordic
skiiers this time of year.
|Morning finds the nest of eagles full. Three sets of
helpers, and a pair of geeps, thrumb away at Idle 8.
|First up the hill today is the snow removal work
summit of Marias Pass is about 1000' above Essex, so the
fight is never ending.
|In the pit of winter, Essex only recieves about four
direct sunlight. Fortune smiles, and partly cloudy skys provide
ideal lighting for this eastbound manifest.
|The eastbound manifest begins to stall on the hill at
a helper set is dispatched, and charges up the mountain.
|Late in the day, the work train geeps and a somewhat
helper set are send to the division point at Whitefish for
|With the helpers on the hill at Java, and the
departure of the
worn locomotives, the Izaak Walton Inn resides over an
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