Directory of Campgrounds and Motels/Hotels near Railroads


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Connecticut


Econo Lodge
425 Bridge Street
Groton, CT 06340
USA
Phone: (860) 445-6550
Comments: "The Econo Lodge at Groton has some rooms that are next to the Amtrak line. Although there is little traffic other than Amtrak trains, the variety should improve when Acela Express service is introduced."
"Econo Lodge Groton and The Inn at Mystic CT, both see at least one Providence and Worcester round trip freight daily (except Sun?). Amtrak trains are frequent, as Acela trains are almost hourly with regionals in between."
Source: email (Last revision date: 14 Apr 2005)

The Inn at Mystic
Junction Routes 1 and 27
Mystic, CT 06355
USA
Phone: (203) 536-9604
Train Frequency: "Amtrak Boston-New York service passes by almost hourly in each direction during the day (however only a few stop at Mystic). Providence and Worcester provides local freight service."
Comments: "An upscale complex of an Inn and motel is located in the the tourist town of Mystic, CT. Nearby attractions include Mystic Seaport and the restaurant in the village that was featured in the movie Mystic Pizza. Railfans should request a room in the motel with a view of the sound to view the passing Amtrak trains."
"Econo Lodge Groton and The Inn at Mystic CT, both see at least one Providence and Worcester round trip freight daily (except Sun?). Amtrak trains are frequent, as Acela trains are almost hourly with regionals in between."
Source: Passenger Train Journal - July 1992 Issue (Last revision date: 14 Apr 2005)

Stamford Mariott
Two Stamford Forum
Stamford, CT 06091
USA
Phone: (203) 357-9555
Comments: "The Stamford Marriott is one of the prominent buildings on Stamford's skyline and is easily seem from the frequent Metro North and Amtrak trains that pass by. The yard where Metro North MU's are stored overnight is be able to be viewed from the rooms on the east side of the hotel."
"Fax (203) 324-6897"
Source: email (Last revision date: Sun, 7 May 2000)

District of Columbia


Holiday Inn Capitol
Washington, DC
USA
Comments: "There are some rooms that look out onto the main line from Washington to the south and there are lots of trains passing by every day"
Source: email (Last revision date: Sat, 11 Mar 2000)

Maine


Auburn Inn
1777 Washington Street
Auburn, ME 04210
USA
Phone: (207) 777-1777
Comments: ".. located at Exit 12 of the Maine Turnpike and across the highway from Guilford Transportation's (former Maine Central) main line between Waterville and Portland."
Source: email (Last revision date: 10 Feb 2001)

Carousel Bed and Breakfast
RFD 1, Box 3400
Brownville, ME 04414
USA
Phone: (207) 965-7741
Train Frequency: "Train activity is changing since the sale of the CP line to Iron Horse Resources who is also in the process of buying the Bangor and Aroostook. Formerly two CP freights and one Bangor and Aroostook turn served Brownville Junction."
Comments: "Off Highway 11."
"This may be the only lodging in the Brownville / Brownville Junction area where the former CP interchanged with the Bangor and Aroostook. This is a beautiful home located on a hillside approximately 200 feet from the Bangor and Aroostook's main line. The location of the former VIA station in Brownville Junction is about one and one-quarter miles away. "
Source: Passenger Train Journal, January 1993 (Last revision date: Sat, 4 Feb 1995)

Maryland


Name: [None]
Brunswick, MD
USA
Comments: "Brunswick Maryland has a city owned park with Campsites right along the Main B&0 line. (It is also next to the C&O Canal National Park) My son's Cub Scout pack had a campout there a few years ago. Well the Chessie freights come through there all night long. I'm not sure which is noiser the engines screaming with full Autoracks or Coal trains or the rattle of long strings of empty hoppers heading west. The tent sites were not more than 50-75 yards from the main line and at 2 AM it sounds like you have the tent betweens the two tracks. Take plenty of bug repellent, you are as close to the Potomac river & the semi drained canal as you are the Railroad and the bugs are hungry."
Source: bsmart@verdix.com (Last revision date: Fri, 15 Jul 1994)

Holiday Inn (?)
Cumberland, MD
USA
Comments: "CSX mainline (ex-B&O) from Baltimore-Pittsburgh This is at the north end of the (big) yard Also Amtrak's Capitol Limited. Trains are visible. The hotel is about 8 stories, rooms on one side overlook the tracks and the AmShack. A few blocks on the other side of the hotel is the Western Maryland Scenic Railway (tourist), which runs 2 trains/day behind Alco diesels or Canadian steam."
Source: email (Last revision date: Wed, 20 Jul 1994)

Days Inn, Lanham Seabrook
9023 Annapolis Road (St. Hwy. 450) (near exit 20, I-95)
Lanham, MD 20706
USA
Phone: (301) 459-6600
Train Frequency: "8 per hour, during the day on weekdays"
Comments: "I've been trying for a long time to find a close location to comfortably view Amtrak's Corridor traffic from a hotel room. Most of the problem has been that formerly good locations, over the years, are now totally obstructed by overgrown trees and shrubs along the right of way. But, just outside Washington DC, I found this location 100' from the tracks. It's not perfect, as due to trees, it allows only 25% visibility during summer months, but 75% or better visibility during winter months. Please don't even think about climbing the RR embankment to take photos - there's a lot of brush, and the embankment is VERY steep, not to mention that you'll be a property trespasser to get your photos. Instead, I suggest that if you want to take better photos, go to an open area just south of BWI airport along state highway 170, as it doesn't appear to be Amtrak property (there were no PRIVATE signs)."
"Regarding the hotel, the room windows can be opened to their full width of 2' to experience the best sounds of the high-speed trains. But because the windows are approx. 4' high, and drop as low as knee-level, they are a definite fall-out risk, particularly if you run to the window and trip on your way if you hear a train coming. To avoid such a possible catastrophe, I STRONGLY suggest that you place a single chair between you and the window - you'll still be able to see everything that can be seen."
"The best non-smoking rooms for viewing are #'s 229, 231, 233, and 235. The best smoking rooms are #'s 329, 331, 333, and 335, as ALL of the previous rooms provide the maximum of perpendicular visibility."


Source: Email (Last revision date: 17 Jun 2009)

Quality Inn and Suites
One Second Street
Laurel, MD 20707
USA
Phone: 301-725-8800
Train Frequency: "In the last couple of hours, I have watched four northbound freights and one southbound."
Comments: "The Quality Inn in Laurel, Maryland is about two blocks from the Laurel MARC station. Ten MARC Camden line commuter trains in each direction stop at Laurel on their Washington to Baltimore runs."
"Room facing east on the upper floors have a somewhat obstructed view of the CSX line on which the MARC trains run. Frequent freights also pass by ... The trains pass quietly, so you have to pay atention or you will miss them."
"fax 301-725-7874"
"www.qualityinnlaurel.com"
Source: email (Last revision date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000)

Massachusetts


Doubletree Guest Suites
Soldiers Field Rd
Allston, MA 02134
USA
Phone: (617) 783-0090
Train Frequency: Medium
Comments: "Overlooks Conrail's Beacon Park engine facility, and in the distance, Beacon Park yard."
"Formerly Guest Quarters Suite Hotel."
"Doubletree Guest Suites, Allston, MA now overlooks CSX's Beacon Park Yard engine facility. Always a great spot with friendly employees."
Source: tod@mv.mv.com Updated: 30 Sep 94 (Last revision date: 14 Apr 2005)

Sheraton Newton Hotel
320 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458
USA
Phone: (617) 969-3010
Comments: "The Massachusetts Turnpike Extension into Boston was partly built where the New York Central's 3rd and 4th track between Newton and Boston was removed. The Sheraton Newton Hotel was built over the remaining two tracks of the now CSX line and the parallel turnpike. MBTA trains to Worcester and Framingham, along with Amtrak's Lake Shore and CSX freights pass beneath the hotel. For those arriving by auto, the hotel is located at exit 17 of the Massachusetts Turnpike extension."
"Fax: (617) 244-5894"
Source: email (Last revision date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000)

Berkshire Hilton Inn
at Berkshire Common
Pittsfield, MA 01201
USA
Phone: (413) 499-2000
Train Frequency: "Approximately 10 Conrail through freights in each direction each weekday, and Amtrak's Boston section of the Lake Shore make up the action that can be viewed from the hotel. The Housatonic's interchange movement with Conrail may also pass."
Comments: "(800) 445-8667 (Hilton Hotels nationwide 800 number)"
"Rooms on the north or west side on as high a floor as possible in this 14 floor hotel are the best for viewing the action on Conrail's Boston - Albany main line. Best rates available in February 1994 were promotional rates of $79 per night for a single."
Source: Passenger Train Journal - August 1989 Issue (Last revision date: Mon, 20 Feb 1995)

Savoy State Forest
Savoy, MA
USA
Comments: "In Savoy, Massachusetts, there is a state campground called Savoy State Forest. It's within 10 miles of the east portal of the Hoosac Tunnel. The campground is seasonal and Guilford trains are spuratic. A lot of history in the area. Research North Adams for tunnel museums, etc."
Source: email (Last revision date: Wed, 09 Oct 96)

Motel 6
95 Main St.
Tewksbury, MA 01876
USA
Phone: (978) 851-8677
Comments: "Rooms on the back of the Motel 6 are close to the Guilford Rail (Springfield Terminal, former Boston & Maine) freight main line between Portland, Maine and Ayer Massachusetts. The view from these rooms is obscured by a line of trees on the property line. Although no passenger service operates on the line behind the Motel 6, commuter rail service to/from Boston is available a little over 3 miles away at either the North Billerica or Lowell train stations."
"Fax: (978) 851-9266"
Source: email (Last revision date: Sun, 9 Jul 2000)

Courtyard by Marriot
Woburn, MA
USA
Phone: 800-321-2211
Train Frequency: "Action is mainly commuter, with 22 trains in each direction serving Mishawum Monday through Friday and 8 trains in each direction on the weekends."
Comments: "In the Boston area, there are two motels in Woburn, MA which are adjacent to the MBTA's commuter rail station at Mishawum. Both a Courtyard by Marriot and a Susse Chalet should have rooms which overlook the Boston - Lowell line shared by Guilford and the MBTA. It takes commuter trains between 20 and 25 minutes to run from Boston's North Station and Mishawum, so these may be reasonable alternatives to more expensive downdown hotels. Additionally, MassPort runs a shuttle service (Logan Express) direct from Logan Airport terminals to a parking lot adjacent to the commuter rail station."
Source: email (Last revision date: Sun, 27 Nov 1994)

Susse Chalet
Woburn, MA
USA
Phone: 617-938-7575
Train Frequency: "Action is mainly commuter, with 22 trains in each direction serving Mishawum Monday through Friday and 8 trains in each direction on the weekends."
Comments: "In the Boston area, there are two motels in Woburn, MA which are adjacent to the MBTA's commuter rail station at Mishawum. Both a Courtyard by Marriot and a Susse Chalet should have rooms which overlook the Boston - Lowell line shared by Guilford and the MBTA. It takes commuter trains between 20 and 25 minutes to run from Boston's North Station and Mishawum, so these may be reasonable alternatives to more expensive downdown hotels. Additionally, MassPort runs a shuttle service (Logan Express) direct from Logan Airport terminals to a parking lot adjacent to the commuter rail station."
Source: email (Last revision date: Sun, 27 Nov 1994)

Clarion Suites Hotel
70 Southbridge Street
Worcester, MA 01608
USA
Phone: (508) 753-3512 or (800) - CLARION
Train Frequency: "Through freights on Conrail's Boston - Albany main line (12 - 14 per day both directions), Providence and Worcester's Gardner local, CR - P&W interchange moves, MBTA deadhead moves tying up at maintenance facility in P&W's yard."
Comments: "Rooms on upper floors on one side of the Clarion Suites Hotel overlook the Conrail Boston - Albany main line (approximately two blocks away) near the point of interchange with Providence and Wocester. The Worcester intercity bus terminal is about a block away and the Amtrak/MBTA rail station is a short cab ride away."
Source: AAJENNINGS@aol.com (Last revision date: Sat, 19 Aug 1995)

New Hampshire


Glen Ellis Family Campground
Glen, NH
USA
Comments: "While riding in a chair on the observation platform of the parlor car on the North Conway Scenic new service to Bartlett, NH over former Maine Central trackage, the Glen Ellis Family Campground was pointed out as we passed. It is located at the confluence of the Glen and Ellis Rivers, and campsites on the Ellis River side look across the Ellis River at the Conway Scenic's Bartlett operation. I have no details on the facilities, never having stayed there."
"The Conway Scenic has becom isolated from the rest of the nation's rail network but operates a variety of interesting equipment including Alco's, F-units, and steam. Two or three Bartlett trips are scheduled daily during the season depending on the day of week. Additional trips are run to Conway which do not pass the campground. "
"The Glen area can be used as a base for railfanning other Northern New England rail attractions including the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, and shortlines such as the New Hampshire and Vermont and the St. Lawrence and Atlantic. The CP's operation in Vermont, known for its ALCO's, is farther away but within striking distance."
Source: AAJENNINGS@aol.com (Last revision date: Sun, 18 Jun 1995)

White Birches Camping Park
Route 2 (2 miles east of Rte 16)
Gorham, NH 03581
USA
Phone: (603) 466-2022
Train Frequency: Low
Comments: "Located close to the St. Lawrence & Atlantic RR main line. This line currently sees one train a day in each direction, but the StL&A is building an intermodal terminal in Maine which may result in more trains on the line. About three miles west in Gorham lies the New Hampshire & Vermont line that runs to Berlin. Last winter the Sunday River Ski Train laid over four miles to the east of the campground. This campground offers RV hookups and sites for tents; camper & tent rentals are available. Swimming pool, Rec room, showers, laundry. Open year-round! (Brrr.) White Birches is operated by a railfan who can provide up-to- date information regarding local railroad activity."
Source: tod@mv.mv.com (Last revision date: 30 Sep 94)

New Jersey


Name: [None]
North Bergen, NJ
USA
Comments: "Along US 1 & 9 there are many motels that are very close to Conrail's River Line (ex-Erie Northern Branch at that point) wich runs alongside the Susquehanna. Action is heavy on both, and Susquehanna Hanjin trains are assembled there at Resources Land Bridge Terminal and also their auto facility."
Source: richdean@intercall.com (Last revision date: Sat, 19 Nov 94)

Days Inn
2750 Tonnelle Avenue
North Bergen, NJ 07047
USA
Phone: (201) 348-3600
Train Frequency: "Amtrak, and New Jersey Transit use the Amtrak main line. I do not know how active the Conrail line is."
Comments: "When riding Amtrak from Newark to Boston, I spotted a Days Inn north of the tracks just before the train entered the tunnels that provided the route under the Hudson River into New York City's Pennsylvania Station. Amrak's line crossed a Conrail line at this location. Exploring maps and directories, I believe that the Days Inn that I spotted was this one in North Bergen. Corrections would be welcome if I am incorrect."
Source: email (Last revision date: Sun, 7 May 2000)

Howard Johnsons
Saddle Brook, NJ
USA
Comments: "At the junction of two very active lines with three railroads operating there is a big Marriot, HoJo and a third that frequently changes name, (but they are all a dozen stories). This is where the NJ Transit Bergen County Line (ex-Erie, that also is used by Conrail) crosses over the Susquehanna, whose Passaic Junction Yard is there which their major interchange point with CR. Highway wise it is the junction of I-80 and the Garden State Parkway."
Source: rich.dean@syncomm.com (Last revision date: Sat, 19 Nov 94)

Marriott
Saddle Brook, NJ
USA
Comments: "At the junction of two very active lines with three railroads operating there is a big Marriot, HoJo and a third that frequently changes name, (but they are all a dozen stories). This is where the NJ Transit Bergen County Line (ex-Erie, that also is used by Conrail) crosses over the Susquehanna, whose Passaic Junction Yard is there which their major interchange point with CR. Highway wise it is the junction of I-80 and the Garden State Parkway."
Source: richdean@intercall.com (Last revision date: Sat, 19 Nov 94)

Seasons Resort at Great Gorge
Vernon, NJ
USA
Comments: "There are a few places in this resort community (world's largest Action Park, and three ski resorts) all along the Susquehanna (ex-Lehigh and Hudson River). The largest is the 600 room Seasons Resort at Great Gorge (originally built by Hugh Hefner and operated as the Playboy Club Hotel for a dozen years) includes two pedestrian grade crossings (with gates) as their golf course was built around the rail line, sort of like that Richard Pryor movie featuring the finctional Hackensack baseball team where a local freight train cuts through the outfield. This area's main artery is NJ Route 94, which connects NJ Route 23 with NY Quickway Route 17."
Source: rich.dean@syncomm.com (Last revision date: Sat, 19 Nov 94)

Wayne Motor Inn
Route 23 Southbound
Wayne, NJ
USA
Comments: "just north of I-80 and US 46 has NJ Transit's Boonton Line directly behind it."
Source: richdean@intercall.com (Last revision date: Sat, 19 Nov 94)

New York


Best Western Amsterdam
10 Market Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010
USA
Phone: 518-843-576
Comments: "The Best Western Amsterdam is about two blocks north ot the CSX (former New York Central) main line between Selkirk and Buffalo. My room on the second floor had the view of the action on the railroad partially blocked by the wing containing the indoor swing pool, but I think that the view of the railroad from the fouth floor would be great."
"Fax: 518-842-0940"
Source: email (Last revision date: Thu, 18 Jul 200)

Goodrich Motel
Route 415 North
Avoca, NY 14809
USA
Phone: (607) 566-2216
Train Frequency: Low
Comments: "Rail-oriented motel features Pennsy N5 cabooses as well as cabins. Near the Bath and Hammondsport shortline. Conrail's Southern Tier line is roughly 10 miles away. [From the Empire State Limited column of Railpace Newsmagazine (Oct 94).]"
Source: tod@mv.mv.com Updated: 27 Sep 94 (Last revision date: 27 Sep 94 Updated: 27 Sep 94)

Foothills Motel
Court St (Rt 11)
Binghamton, NY 13904
USA
Phone: (607) 775-1515
Train Frequency: Medium
Comments: "Conrail's ex-Erie Southern Tier Line lies just across Rt 11. The motel is located east of CP-BD, just west of CP-COLES. At BD CP Rail's ex-D&H line joins and crosses Conrail. To the west of BD is the NYS&W engine terminal. Conrail recently made Binghamton a crew change point. Across the Susquehanna River from the motel is CP Rail's East Binghamton yard. When staying in Binghamton, be sure to eat at Niko's Restaurant on Court St (Rt 11) between BD and the motel. Great food at reasonable prices, overlooking the Conrail line. What more could you ask?"
Source: tod@mv.mv.com (Last revision date: 30 Sep 94)

Super 8 Motel
Rte 11 Upper Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
USA
Phone: 1-800-800-8000
Comments: "Located accross the street of Conrail's Souther Tier Line, 1 1/2 miles to CP Rail's East Binghamton Yard. Also to the west along Rte 11 is CP-BD (1 mile), which is where CR, CP Rail, and NYS&W all cross. Chasing trains on the Southern Tier is made easy since it runs adjacent to a good part of Rtes 11 and 17c. (rates about $45/night)"
Source: mjanacek@aol.com (Last revision date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995)

Super 8 Motel
Rte 11 Upper Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
USA
Phone: 1-800-800-8000
Comments: Located accross the street of Conrail's Souther Tier Line, 1 1/2 miles to CP
"Rail's East Binghamton Yard. Also to the west along Rte 11 is CP-BD (1 mile), which is where CR, CP Rail, and NYS&W all cross. Chasing trains on the Southern Tier is made easy since it runs adjacent to a good part of Rtes 11 and 17c. "
"...rates about $45/night"
Source: mjanacek@aol.com (Last revision date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995)

Thru-Way Motel
399 Court Street (Rte 11)
Binghamton, NY 13904
USA
Phone: 607-724-2401
Comments: "Located across the street of CR's Southern Tier Line and 1/8 mile east of CP-BD. See also Super 8 Motel Binghamton, NY. If you want nothing fancy, this is the place. Everything is basicly across the street. But if you want a little more conveniences of home then for $5 more the Super 8 is the place. ($40/night)"
Source: mjanacek@aol.com (Last revision date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995)

Thru-Way Motel
399 Court Street (Rte 11)
Binghamton, NY 13904
USA
Phone: 607-724-2401
Comments: "Located across the street of CR's Southern Tier Line and 1/8 mile east of CP-BD. See also Super 8 Motel Binghamton, NY. If you want nothing fancy, this is the place. Everything is basicly across the street. But if you want a little more conveniences of home then for $5 more the Super 8 is the place."
"...$40/night"
Source: mjanacek@aol.com (Last revision date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995)

Letchworth State Park
Livingston County, NY
USA
Phone: 716-493-3600
Train Frequency: "Approximately 5-8 trains per day travel this route."
Comments: "Letchworth State Park is located 20 miles south of Rochester. Entrances in the towns of Portageville, Castile, Perry and Mount Morris."
"The Conrail Southern Tier route cuts through the middle of Letchworth State Park near Portage. Activity can be listened to on 161.070 MHz. There are many campsites nearby. The 800 foot long, 234 high trestle over the Genesee River gorge and waterfalls offers a great chance to photograph passing freights, including Canadian Pacific trains which have trackage rights on this route."
Source: email (Last revision date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998)

Iroquois Hotel
14 Franklin St.
Lyons, NY 14489
USA
Phone: 315-946-4231
Train Frequency: "In addition to watching some yard switching, approximately 40-50 trains per day travel this route. One or two trains per day may travel on the Corning Secondary on thier way to service the Finger Lakes Railway in Geneva."
Comments: "This hotel is located right across the street from the Conrail Lyons Yard, Chicago Mainline, and Corning Secondary. Also located at Lyons is the area maintenance of way department, as well as a transmitting tower for that section of the mainline (160.800 MHz). The building itself is about 5 stories high, giving people a good view of the yard for those with windows facing it. There's a tavern located downstairs."
"Not sure what the NYS Thruway (I-90) exit number is, but it's off Rt. 14, a few miles north of the thruway and on the south side of the tracks." "Something I forgot to add about the Iroquois Hotel. The Corning Secondary will be taken over by Norfork Southern and the Mainline will go to CSX. There will be interchange between NS and CSX at Lyons Yard, and NS will be offering through trains between Lyons and Corning (something which Conrail stopped doing a long time ago)."
Source: email (Last revision date: Wed, 25 Aug 1998)

Lyons Motel
7761 Newark Rd.
Lyons, NY 14489
USA
Phone: 315-946-4800
Comments: "Located just west of Lyons, this motel is across the street north side of the Chicago Mainline, again offering people 40-50 trains daily."
Source: email (Last revision date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998)

Super 8 Motel
255 S Hamilton
Painted Post, NY 14870
USA
Phone: (607) 937-5383
Train Frequency: Medium
Comments: "Gang Mills yard on Conrail's ex-Erie Southern Tier line is 1/3 mile away. To the west, between Gang Mills and Hornell, the Southern Tier line travels through the beautiful Canisteo valley. Conrail's Bath secondary joins the Southern Tier at CP Post and has some street running in Painted Post which is traversed by an occasional local. Conrail's ex-NYC Corning secondary joins the Southern Tier in nearby Corning; it is utilized by locals bound for the Watkins Glen secondary and the occasional through train to the Chicago line near Geneva. A new shortline, the Wellsboro & Corning, interchanges with Conrail in Gang Mills yard."
Source: tod@mv.mv.com (Last revision date: 27 Sep 94)

Friendship Inn
Rt 5 (exit 29 off I-90)
Palatine Bridge, NY 13428
USA
Phone: (518) 673-3233
Train Frequency: High
Comments: "Conrail's Chicago Line (ex-NYC water-level route) is directly across Rt 5. The railroad runs on the north bank of the Mohawk River; to the east is a scenic narrows with bluffs on each bank -- Big Nose and Little Nose. Rt 5 provides a good view of the river and the railroad in this rural location. Crossovers are nearby at CP 196, and detectors are found to the west at MP 200.7 (Nelliston, 100 yards east of the bridge over the tracks, announces 'Fort Plain') and to the east at MP 190 (at the turnout for the historic marker on Rt 5, announces 'Mohawk')."
"The brand name is now Rodeway Inn instead of Friendship Inn."
"The fax number can be added. It is (518) 673-5011 (The phone number is still correct)"
"The railroad that the Inn faces is now CSX."--1 Oct 2001.
Source: tod@mv.mv.com (Last revision date: 1 Oct 2001)

Del Monte Lodge
41 North Main Street
Pittsford, NY 14534
USA
Phone: (716) 381-9900
Comments: "Formerly known as the Depot Inn, this hotel reopened in April 2000 as the Del Monte Lodge. It is adjacent to the Erie Canal and an abandoned line (Lehigh Valley if I recall correctly). The former West Shore line (now CSX) crosses on a truss bridge over the canal, and many rooms have a good view of the line. It is dispatcher's choice whether a CSX freight through the Rochester area uses the West Shore line or the former New York Central main line through downtown Rochester. Only Amtrak trains and freights setting off at the Rochester yards have to use the other line. Traffic past the hotel can be quite busy or quite quiet depending on what is happening in the area."
"Fax: (716) 381-9825"
Source: email (Last revision date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000)

Ramada Inn Airport
1273 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
USA
Phone: (716) 464-8800 or (800) 2RAMADA
Comments: "The rooms in the rear of the Ramada Inn Airport in Rochester overlook the Rochester & Southern's yard in Rochester. On the night I stayed there, around 9PM a transfer to Conrail went north and returned a few hours later. In the morning, a switch engine was running around with gondola. "
Source: AAJENNINGS@aol.com (Last revision date: Thu, 11 May 1995)

Country Club Motel
304 Church St
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
USA
Phone: (518) 584-4780
Train Frequency: Medium
Comments: "Just north of the Amtrak station. About 1/2 mile north of the CP engine terminal and yard. Rates vary from reasonable in the off-season to expensive during summer horse racing season and other popular times (fall foliage?); call first for rates."
Source: tod@mv.mv.com (Last revision date: 12 Oct 94)

Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen, NY
USA
Train Frequency: "Approximately 2-3 trains per day run over this line with coal to the NYSEG Dresden plant and traffic to/from the Finger Lakes Railway in Geneva." "Occasional Finger Lakes Railway trains make it down to switch the salt mines Watkins Glen a couple of miles from the campgrounds."
Comments: "The Norfolk Southern Corning Secondary runs through this park next to a couple of campsite loops. A high trestle goes over the gorge cut out by Glen Creek (a spectacular view from the bridge can be had for those daring enough (there's a metal walkway in the middle of the bridge - note that this is trespassing and a no-no), and can be accessed from the South Rim Trail in the park. You can hear trains about a mile or two away as they rumble up the line and blow their horns at the crossings - so if you're camping nearby, you should have enough time to make your way to the tracks - and a mountain bike may be helpful."
"Be sure to listen on the following:"
"161.070 - Norfolk Southern"
"161.115 - NS EOT devices"
"457.9375 - non NS EOT devices (for trains with foreign power and ex Conrail units) - note that EOT devices will alert you to the presence of trains nearby with their digital squawks)"
"160.740 - Finger Lakes Railway"
"161.520 - Finger Lakes Railway"
Source: Lester.Wilson@usa.xerox.com (Last revision date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000)

Pennsylvania


Comfort Inn
3053 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA 15017
USA
Phone: (412) 914-2000
Train Frequency: "PIR currently runs a local from McKees Rocks to Arden and return only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays past the Comfort Inn."
Comments: "Although the Comfort Inn in Bridgeville (Bridgeville is approximately 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh) has rooms that overlook the Pittsburgh Industrial Railroad's Arden line, do not expect to see much rail traffic .. If you are in the area, do not overlook the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in nearby Arden."
"Fax: (412) 914-2002"
Source: email (Last revision date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000)

Stepping Stone Farm Bed and Breakfast
140 Stepping Stone Lane
Confluence, PA 15424
USA
Phone: (814) 395-9988
Comments: "My bed and breakfast is 75 yards from the Chessie Tracks near Confluence, PA."
"The closest train stop is either Connellsville, Pa or Cumberland, MD. Both of those stops allows access to the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail (385 miles non-motorized trail from DC to Pittsburgh)."
"My website is www.steppingstonefarmbnb.com."
"Your "country home away from home" in SW PA's Laurel Highlands, Stepping Stone Farm B&B is a great place to stay for the railroad enthusiast. Rural train photo opportunities are numerous from the 2 decks facing the CSX tracks across the field with the Casselman Mt. in the background; or closer up as Amtrak passenger trains and freight trains passby on this main trunk of the RR system. Connellsville, PA and Cumberland, MD are the two closest train stations giving access to this lovely region, the GAP bike trail, Fallingwater, Ft. Necessity and much more. Come and enjoy!"
Source: vickirempel@hotmail.com (Last revision date: 12 Aug 2007)

Station Inn
Cresson, PA
USA
Comments: "> >Does anyone have any comments about the Station Inn in Cresson, Pennsylvania? How does it compare to the Issac Walton in Essex, Montana? Is it a good spot for train viewing? How is the food? Thank you.<<"
"A friend of mine stayed there. He's a retired fireman from the Reading. He knows the fellow that runs the place. He liked it a lot. He didn't really comment on the food one way or the other, but he DID say that all you have to do to see trains is to sit on the porch and watch them go by."--edhein@ix.netcom.com (Edward Hein)
"I stayed there last summer for a night. It is operated basically as a bed & breakfast establishment by the owner, whose name escapes me at the moment. He was in the process of refurbishing the guest rooms of the former wood frame hotel at that time. I stayed in the B&O room, which was done in a blue and gray color scheme and overlooked the Conrail main across the street. The room was quite pleasant, complete with private bathroom, although all three or four beds in the room were twin-sized, a bit cramped for a person of my height. This did not interfere with my rest, as the constant stream of rail traffic seemed to lull me to sleep (after I'd finally had my fill of actually watching). Speaking of "fill", Conrail is on one at this point, so there are no grade crossings, and, hence, no horn-blowing."
"The proprietor gives you a choice of items and times for breakfast, which he prepares himself in the kitchen. I had an omlette that he served with juice, toast and an assortment of jams, etc. It was quite good. Other meals, as I recall, must be procured at other establishments. He made several suggestions of eateries for our evening meal, covering a variety of tastes. The one we'd opted to try turned out to be a truck stop. I have nothing against truck stops, but we had the notion that it was going to be something else. It was getting late and this place was in (near) the neighboring town of Lilly, so we decided to eat there, rather than spend more time driving. The food was fine."
"Regarding comparisons with the Isaac Walton Inn, I've not had the privilege of lodging there, so I cannot say much. My impression, however, that it is much more of a resort operation. I'm sure someone else can expand on that point."
"As Ed Hein mentioned, the train watching oportunities are great. Just sit on the front porch and watch the parade. He even has an antenna on the roof with the cord hanging there on the porch for connecting to a scanner. Of course, Gallitzin, Horseshoe Curve, the Allegheny Portage RR Historic Site, etc., etc., etc. are all just a few miles away, so there is plenty to keep you occupied."--David L. Boone
Source: dboone@iastate.edu (Last revision date: 24 May 1995)

Wye Motor Lodge
200 N 220 Business
Duncansville, PA 16635
USA
Phone: (814) 695-4407
Comments: "The Wye Motor Lodge is appropriately named as it is near the wye at the end of the NS branch from Altoona to Hollidaysburg where NS operates a large, former Conrail shop. The headquarters of the Everett railroad are also located close by. It is a short drive to Horseshoe Curve and the Railroader's Museum in Altoona."
Source: email (Last revision date: Sun, 7 May 2000)

Best Western - Easton Inn
185 South Third Street
Easton, PA 18042
USA
Phone: (800) 882-0113
Comments: "Easton boasted three rail bridges across the Delaware River owned by three predessors of Conrail. Rooms on the south side of the Easton Inn overlook all three bridges. Most of the action is on the far bridge where Conrail's Newark - Allentown - Harrisburg trains run."
Source: email (Last revision date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999)

Quality Inn Riverfront
S Front St
Harrisburg,, PA 17104
USA
Phone: (717) 233-1611
Train Frequency: High
Comments: "About 3 blocks from restored Pennsylvania station, now the Amtrak station. The station is a landmark being one of the few in the nation featuring trainsheds. Located at the base of the old Reading Arch bridge across the Susqehanna, which is now the Conrail Hagerstown line. Frequent Conrail traffic can be observed day and night. The river's edge has been turned into a park and one can walk north along the river or across the river on pedestrian bridges, or up to the Chicago line crossing. East of the Hotel is the Amtrak mainline from Lancaster. In the afternoons the eastbound Broadway can be viewed in full sunlight."
Source: tod@mv.mv.com (Last revision date: 12 Oct 94)

Best Western
Hershey, PA
USA
Comments: "Hershey, PA, has several that are only a few hundred feet from Conrail's Harrisburg line. I stayed at the Best Western in a room facing the rear and had a great time watching a multitude of trains going both east and west."
Source: richdean@intercall.com (Last revision date: Sat, 16 Jul 94)

Hershey Highmeadow Campground
Hwy 39 NW from intersection US422 and US322
Hershey, PA
USA
Train Frequency: "Frequency of trains is heavy."
Comments: "This is an excellent campground 1/2 mi. from Hershey Park, and has the Conrail freight main to Pittsburg pass right alongside...Ask for a campsite at the top of the hill near the train tracks, and you can be 50 feet away - trains all night and day!"
Source: email (Last revision date: Wed, 06 Mar 1996)

The Inn
Jim Thorpe, PA
USA
Comments: "Please check out The Inn at Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania. It is a beautiful hotel within walking distance of the train station. The station may also be viewed by the wonderful second story balcony. The rooms are reasonable and tastefully decorated. It is our favorite place to visit. My husband is a big railfan and this is a must see."
Source: email (Last revision date: Thu, 26 Dec 1996)

Days Inn
Lancaster, PA
USA
Comments: "I have also stayed in Lancaster PA at the Days Inn downtown which is right across the ex-PRR main line from the Amtrak station; there is both passenger and freight action there."
Source: richdean@intercall.com (Last revision date: Sat, 16 Jul 94)

Bridgeview Bed & Breakfast
810 S. Main St.
Marysville, PA 17053
USA
Phone: (717) 757-2438
Comments: "Simple, home-style lodging with a magnificent view of the historic Rockville Bridge. Watch trains from the sitting room,front porch, back or side deck. Open year-round."
Source: Ad in Railpace (Last revision date: May 2009)

Hampton Inn - Philadelphia, PA Int'l Airport
8600 Bartram Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153
USA
Phone: (215) 966-1300
Train Frequency: "The Airport Line has two trains in each direction per hour, generally meeting near the hotel. Two to four car MU sets were used during my stay. In addition, freights to the Eddystone area use the branch. The freight activity I saw was a weekday CSX local and an NS coal train."
Comments: "The Hampton Inn is one of a number of newer hotels at the Philadelphia Airport that are located on Bartram Avenue. Next to Bartram Avenue is a rail line which is used both by SEPTA's R-1 Airport Line trains and an occasional freight."
"(215) 966-1313"
Source: email (Last revision date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001)

Penn Tower Hotel
Civic Center Boulevard at 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
USA
Phone: (215) 387-8333
Comments: "Located 6 or 7 blocks from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, rooms with a
"city view" overlook Conrail's South Philadelphia "High Line" and the south end approaches to 30th Street Station. Across the Schuylkill River is CSX's freight line to Park Juction on which the Tropicanna juice trains and other interchange traffic runs."
Source: Passenger Train Journal - November 1990 Issue (Last revision date: Sat, 18 Feb 1995)

Holiday Inn Express - Pittsburgh North
10 Landings Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
USA
Phone: 412-828-9300, Fax: 412-828-7916
Train Frequency: "The B&LE runs two trains about two trains in each direction."
Comments: "From certain rooms at the Holiday Inn Express - North Pittsburgh, not one, but two railroad main lines can be seen simultaneously. The Bessemer and Lake Erie crosses the Allegheny River on a high brige that runs parallel to the Pennsylvania Turnpike... Also Conrail's Conemaugh line can be seen with its frequent eastbound trains. " "The most desirable rooms for train watching are those on the 3rd floor (the upper floor) that face in the direction of the river. Some of these may have there view of the Conemaugh line blocked by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 5 interchange."
Source: email (Last revision date: Tue, 23 Sep 1998)

Holliday Inn, Pittsburgh - North
(Exit 5 - PA Turnpike) 2801 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
USA
Phone: 412-828-9300 or 1-800-HOLIDAY
Comments: "Rooms facing the road look accross the road at Conrail's Conemaugh line which handles most of Conrail's eastbound coal and merchandise trains through Pittsburgh area."
"Fax: 412-868-7916" "The Holiday Inn with the view of the Conemaugh line has changed affiliations and is now the Comfort Inn."
Source: email (Last revision date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998)

Sheraton--Station Square
Pittsburgh, PA
USA
Comments: "CSX mainline (ex P&LE) adjacent to hotel. Lots of freight. Conrail secondary nearby (healthy traffic) CSX Should be visible (haven't been in it to confirm) Conrail secondary *might* be visible on other side (probably in winter)"
Source: email (Last revision date: Wed, 20 Jul 1994)

Portland Outfitters
Portland, PA
USA
Comments: "Weekly, weekend rentals in Portland Pa at the historic Tollhouse. Home sits adjacent to old DL&W line now running with Conrail. Many trains passing. Conrail frequently will stop outside home to catch dinner in small town. Located approximatley 20 feet from rail tracks. Home sits at base of footbridge spanning Delaware River and has 200 foot of river frontage for river recreation (swimming, fishing, etc) First season of renting this year." "To view http://www.portlandoutfitters.com and click on Tollhouse. Also, Slateford Cutoff pictures in gallery. Majestic view of Delaware Water Gap and Slateford Cutoff from home's porch. Email with interest of renting to georgez@postoffice.ptd.net."
Source: George (Last revision date: Tue, 18 Feb 1999)

SportsMans Hotel
12700 Renovo Road
Renovo, PA 17764
USA
Phone: (570) 923-9968
Train Frequency: "Trains run twice daily in both directions and on weekends once daily each way."
Comments: "Renova PA 17764 is the location, situated 25 miles north of Lockhaven PA on PA State Route 120. This hotel serves as the 8 hour stop over point for the engineers and conductors to stay over night( Buffalo to Harrisburg Route). There is a set of yellow steel steps built into the embankment to aid the Railroad personal in getting off and on their equipment ... Great food, This is a well kept and up to date operation, internet access, large screen TV's, Top quality food served, from 6 am to 12 midnight 7 days a week." www.sportsmanshotel.com
Source: Email (Last revision date: 3 Oct 2007)

Lackawanna Station
Scranton, PA
USA
Comments: "A good place to stay in Scranton is the Lackawanna Station. That's right, the old DL&W station has been converted to a hotel. It has an impressive lobby. I believe that it's a Radisson Hotel, but I'm not sure. It's part of one of the major chains. It's a few blocks from Steamtown, but it's well worth it."
"I second the Lackawanna Station Hotel. It IS a Radisson Hotel. It's within walking distance of Steamtown (about 3 blocks). Being that you're coming this far, ask for trackside rooms, preferably a couple of floors up from ground level. They also have non-smoking rooms, if that's important to you. Unfortunately, the windows in the rooms don't open, so if you take pictures from inside the room, beware of glare from the window glass."
"You may want to think about making reservations for dinner, as Carmen's (that's the fancy eating place seen in the lobby) can get full on weekends. The bar in back (Trax, I believe) has good sandwiches."
"Been there many times, never had a bad experience."
Source: Jack <@sullivan.vf.mmc.com> (Last revision date: Mon, 06 Jan 1997)

Caboose Motel
407 South Perry Street, Pennsylvania Truck Route 8
Titusville, PA 16354
USA
Phone: 1-800-827-0690
Comments: "21 units, mostly ex-Conrail. adjoining the parking lot at the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad's Perry Street Station. Check the web site for pictures.. Beautiful interiors, air-conditioning and heating units, showers, etc. These units were formerly at Casey's Caboose Stop. The exteriors are freshly repainted and nicely landscaped. Three of them have wheelchair ramp access for mobility-challenged clients. There are quite a few excellent restaurants within walking distance. Bay window cabeese each have two double beds, cupola cabeese each have 1 king size bed. Price is $79.95 plus tax per unit per night. Packages are available for OC&T train rides." Web address: www.octrr.org/caboosemotel.htm
Source: Email (Last revision date: 20 Apr 2006)

Name: [None]
Tyrone, PA
USA
Comments: "There is good camping north of Altoona PA for Horseshoe Curve near Tyrone PA at Bald Eagle Campsite. It's a small campground off the main road on route 220 It has no recreation, no noise, very good maintenance, wooded sites. You might want to check out the town of Tyrone also. There is a nice S curve by the Amshack. Beware, though that the town has a strict 'no cruising after 8 PM rule.'"
Source: AAJENNINGS@aol.com (Last revision date: 17 Jan 1996)

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