In the field of transport, the history of trains is among the richest. These impressive machines have never stopped evolving, becoming faster and more efficient over time, but they are nowadays such a commonplace part of everyday life that we barely give them a second thought. However, many train fans are as passionate as ever, and stop at nothing to show their admiration for these powerful machines.
It may be such people, and others who are always looking for a new way to holiday or to live, that come up with original ideas for renovating abandoned train carriages. One American example can be found in Essex, not far from the Glacier National Park, in the state of Montana. The railroads have been integral to the economic development of this city, and with this heritage in mind, the Izaak Walton Inn, a hotel erected at the same time as the railroads, came up with the idea of accommodating guests in rooms made from abandoned train carriages that they restored.
The Great Northern X215
What you see below was abandoned in 1941, but nowadays offers warmth and comfort to up to 6 people, with a gas fire, a king size bed and two pairs of bunk beds.
According to the assistant general manager, Elise Wright, the cabins are highly sought after and are rarely empty. After seeing the photos, we can well understand why!