Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

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Evansville, IN - Drury Inn & Suites North-Evansville    (Not Rated)

Address:     3901 Hwy 41 North                 Phone: 812-423-5818

Location/ Directions:  From I-64, exit # 25, take Hwy 41 South. The Drury Inn is 10 miles south of I-64.

Average Price (Checked May 2012):   $80.00                            AAA Rated:  YES        Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 4-Floors, 146-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Hot Breakfast, Free Wireless Internet, Free 60 Minutes of Long Distance, Free Local Phone Calls, TV with HBO, Free Parking, Free In-room Coffee Service, 2-Room Suites Available, 24 Hour Business Center, 24 Hour Fitness Center, Guest Laundry, Guest Pantry, Guest Voice Mail, Hair Dryers in All Rooms, Indoor Pool & Whirlpool, Iron & Ironing Board, Microwaves & Refrigerators in All Rooms, Truck Parking, Pets Accepted.

Railroad View:  Good View.  Our first choice would be to get a high room on the back side of the building, near the road (overlooking Denny's).  Many high floor rooms will offer a railroad view.  Check room view before accepting.  CSX has a small train yard (Wansford Yard) across the street from the motel.  Wansford Yard (former CE&I) is an interchange point of the Indiana Southern Railroad (a RailAmerica property).  The yard is also referred to as "Straight Line Junction".  The line runs north to Terre Haute, IN and Chicago, IL.  CSX bases SW-1500 switchers in the yard for local switching.  This may not be a busy rail line; there are no complaints of train noise from guest reviews posted on the internet. 

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX Transportation / Indiana Southern Railroad. CSX - Wansford Yard located across from the motel.  Behind the motel (north side) is the Yankeetown Industrial Spur that CSX uses to access several businesses.  All tracks are former CE&I Railroad. 

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Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  The Drury Inn is the main building photographed in this aerial photo.  The CSX Wansford Yard can be seen to the left of the picture.  Notice a single track that crosses Route 41 and runs past the north side of the motel, this is the CSX Yankeetown Spur, local freights use it to switch nearby businesses.  I am unsure of train frequency on this spur, I will guess it may be used once a day, or less.

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Evansville, IN - Motel 6 Evansville (# 4569)   (Not Rated)

Address:   4321 US 41 North                  Phone:  (812) 424-6431

Location/ Directions:  Traveling on I-64: Exit at US 41 South, exit #25. Follow US 41 South for ten miles and the Motel 6 is on the left side of the road.

Average Price (Checked May 2012):   $45.00                                AAA Rated:  NO        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, Exterior Corridors, Free Local Calls, Free Morning Coffee, Free Expanded Cable TV, Kids Stay Free, Pet Allowed, Coin Laundry, Restaurant Nearby, Truck Parking, Wireless Internet (WiFi).

Railroad View:  Excellent View for ISRR, Fair View of CSX.  Any room on the front of the motel should provide a railroad view.  CSX's Wansford Yard (a small yard) is located across the road.  A view of the yard and CSX traffic will be fair at best due to brush and tree's located along the railroad.  The Indiana Southern Railroad (ISRR, shortline owned by RailAmerica) crosses Route 41 in front of the motel, you will have an excellent view of those trains, but don't expect more than one train a day on this line (in each direction).  The ISRR interchanges with CSX at Wansford Yard.  CSX has SW-1500 switch locomotives in Wansford Yard that they use for local switching.

Railroads past Hotel:  Indiana Southern Railroad / CSX Transportation.  CSX's Wansford Yard (small yard, former CE&I Railroad) is located across from this motel.

Comments:    This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Comments:  (Above): Motel 6 is located at the top of the aerial picture (circled in yellow).  The single track that crosses Route 41 in front of the motel is the Indiana Southern Railroad.  The lower part of the picture is CSX's Wansford Yard, an active but small yard in Evansville.

(Left photo): A Google Street image of Motel 6 is taken from the the Indiana Southern Railroad crossing on Route 41.  The ISRR uses this track to access the CSX interchange at Wansford Yard.  Don't expect a train more than one a day in each direction on this line.  Internet guest reviews do not mention any train noise from this motel.  That lets us assume that this railway crossing may not be used overnight, or trains may approach at walking speed since this crossing is protected only by flashers, and not gates.  Route 41 is a semi-busy highway.

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Evansville, IN - Quality Inn East (IN 057)   (Not Rated)

Address:   5006 East Morgan Avenue                  Phone:  (812) 477-2211

Location/ Directions:  I-64 to I-164 S. ex. 9 (Morgan Ave) go 1 mi.on the right to hotel.

Average Price (Checked May 2012):   $70.00                                 AAA Rated:  NO        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 50-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Pets Allowed (fee), Free breakfast, Free wireless high-speed Internet access, Free coffee, Indoor pool and hot tub, Bus & Truck Parking, Business Center, Elevator, Free Newspaper Mon-Fri, Guest Laundry, Iron & Ironing Board, Outdoor Parking, Cable/Satellite TV, Free Local Calls, Air Conditioning.

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Any room on the front of the motel will offer a railroad view.  The single track railroad is just across the street with no obstructions!  On the down side, expect only one train per day in each direction on this line, this is a Norfolk Southern branch line (former Southern Railway).

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern, branch line to Evansville.  The line ends a few miles west, several large customers for NS are located on this line.  

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Comments:    This is a former Econo Lodge motel.  This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  Not much to explain in this aerial picture.  Quality Inn sits directly across the street from the single track railroad.  There are not obstructions between the railroad and the motel.  This is a branch line of Norfolk Southern Railway, (former Southern Railway trackage).

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Evansville, IN - Super 8 Evansville East (Not Rated)

Address:   4600 East Morgan Avenue               Phone:  (800) 454-3213

Location/ Directions:  I-64 to I-164 S. ex. 9 (Morgan Ave) go 1 mi.on the right to hotel.

Average Price (Checked May 2012):   n/a                              AAA Rated:  NO        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, 62-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Free Breakfast, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Pets Allowed.

Railroad View:  Good distant view.  Any room located on the 2nd or 3rd floor on the front of the motel of the motel will offer a railroad view.  Of all the "railfan motels" in Evansville, this property would be our last choice because of the distant view of a lightly used rail line.  Expect no more than one train a day in each direction.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern, branch line to Evansville.  The line ends a few miles west, several large customers for NS are located on this line.  

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Comments:    This is a former Econo Lodge motel.  This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  The Super 8 motel is in the top left hand corner of the aerial photo.  The single track railroad can be seen along the bottom of the photo.  Just to the right of this picture, the railroad crosses East Morgan Avenue.  A train horn may sound as they cross the road, internet guest reviews do no mention noise from the railroad at all.  I am unsure when trains operate on this lightly used line.