It all started in the late 1980's with a story published in Train's Magazine about the railroad action in Galesburg, Illinois. There happened to be a couple sentences of a great place to stay in town, a Howard Johnson Hotel that overlooked the Santa Fe Railroad mainline. I took a trip, and became hooked on "Railfan Motels"! Because really folks... why should railfanning stop when it's time to head for the motel? I've since become a frequent visitor to Galesburg. The hotel still plays host for the greatest show on the BNSF. The hotel later became a Ramada and is currently called Broad View Inn. The view is great and the trains are plentiful.
Finding these hotels became much easier once the web became a common tool. Our plan is to compose a list of verified motel / hotel properties, give you as much information that we can about each location. As more of us railfans use these motels, we have a better chance of the management maintaining the railroad view (meaning no trees or walls to obstruct view). When booking a room make a special request and ask for a room with a view of the railroad. Each motel/hotel listed details the best area of the property for a railroad view.
Currently we list 857 reviews of “Railfan Motels”. These are located throughout the United States. The properties we rate are verified, including pictures and notes of the visit. Passing along a personal experience can help you have an indication of what to expect, but note that RailfanMotels.com doesn’t guarantee and is not responsible for motel/hotel conditions, services, cleanliness, rates, or other conditions that may not result as the same experience as our field scouts encountered. We are members of AAA, and refer to the AAA rating system for our reviews on this web site.
We will continue to populate the listings. We have a long list of motels/hotels to check. Once we approve them, you’ll see them here on RailfanMotels.com !
Check us out before you take your next trip! Happy Railfanning!
- Coming soon; The motels of Gallup, NM / Alamosa, CO / Harriman, TN. We went like bandits through these towns to find the best (and all) Railfan Motels. We came up with a large list! Stay tuned.- Update - Comfort Suites in Roanoke Rapids, NC is now a Holiday Inn Express (Updated 1/7/2015).
- New Additions - Richardson, TX - Wingate Hotel / Hilton Garden Inn (Added 3/10/2015).
- New Addition - Huron, Ohio - The Gull Motel (Added 3/10/2015).
- New Addition - Calera, OK - Best Express Inn (Added 3/10/2015).
- New Addition - Mulberry, FL - Mulberry Inn (Added 3/10/2015).
- New Addition - Lakeland, FL - Hyatt Place (Added 3/10/2015).
- New Addition - Oceanside, CA - SpringHill Suites (Added 3/15/2015).
- New Additions - Northampton, MA - Quality Inn / Fairfield Inn (Added 3/16/2015).
- New Additions - Garland, TX - Super 8 / Days Inn / Delux Inn / Garland Inn & Suites (Added 3/17/2015).
- New Addition - Etowah, TN - Red Roof Inn (Added 3/17/2015).
- New State - ALABAMA ! With 7 additional hotels Alabama is our 47th state added to the site. One more state to go; Louisiana will be our 48th and final state added to this web site. What about the other two states? New Hampshire doesn't have any "railfan motels" (at least that we know of), and Hawaii with its tourist railroads, we will leave Hawaii for the beach goers!
- New Addition - Brandon, MS - Microtel Inn (Added 3/22/2015).
- New Additions - Raleigh, NC - Marriott Hotel / Sheraton Hotel (Added 3/22/2015).
Web site last updated: 3/22/2015 RailfanMotels.com