Richmond, IN - Days Inn Richmond
Address: 5775 National Rd East Phone: 765-966-4900
Location/ Directions: I-70 to Exit 156A, Turn left at second light, Hotel located on the left.
Average Price (Checked Jul 2011): $45.00 AAA Rated: YES Stars: **2**
About Hotel: 2-Floors, 45-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Free Daybreak Breakfast, Free High Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, In Room Coffee, Microfridges in some rooms, Free Local Calls, AM/FM Clock Radios, Hairdryers, Expanded Cable w/HBO, Truck/Bus/RV Parking.
Railroad View: Excellent View! Any room on the front of the building will offer a railroad view. This motel provides the best railroad view in town. There are no trains horns past the motel, but you can hear them pass. Windows do not open, but stepping outside onto the exterior corridor provides excellent view of passing trains.
Railroads past Hotel: Norfolk Southern (former Pennsylvania RR). Expect 10 to 15 trains during a 24-hour period.
Railroad Radio Frequency: 160.440 NS Dispatcher / Train
Comments: During my 13-1/2 hour stay, I saw 5-trains pass.
Photo Comment: Aerial Photo: Looking at the north side (front) of the Days Inn, the railroad can be seen to the west side of the motel. Any room on the front of the motel will provide a clear railroad view. As you can see, the tracks are elevated as they cross above US-40 in front of the motel.
Above Left: A daytime view from outside the door at room # 210 shows a westbound Norfolk Southern train crossing over US-40. The view from the motel is excellent. Above Right: A night view from the outside corridor proves there is plenty of light for night time train watching. There is not train in this picture due to a timed exposure, video at night turns out very well. Trains do pass quickly, at night I did have some difficulty reading engine numbers of passing trains.
Richmond, IN - Best Western Classic Inn
Address: 533 W Eaton Pike Phone: 765-939-9500
Location/ Directions: From: Interstate 70. Take Exit 156A onto US 40, turn left at first traffic light onto west Eaton Pike to the BEST WESTERN Classic Inn.
Average Price (Checked Jul 2011): $76.00 AAA Rated: YES Stars: ***3***
About Hotel: 3-Floors, 69-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Indoor heated pool,Exercise facility, Complimentary full breakfast, Elevator, 24-hour front desk, Cable or satellite television, Air-conditioning, Elevator, Ice/vending machines, Free Outdoor parking, Truck/RV parking, High-speed Internet, Complimentary newspaper at front desk,
AM/FM radio alarm clock, Coffee/tea maker, Microwave, Refrigerator, Hairdryer, Iron, ironing board, Desk/work area available, Voice mail, Free local calls under 30 minutes, Wake-up calls, Adjoining rooms available, Pets Allowed (fee).
Railroad View: Expect no more than a Fair Winter View only. Too many tree's along the railroad to provide a view during foliage. Ask for a room on the west end of the building. 2nd & 3rd floor rooms are best.
Railroads past Hotel: Norfolk Southern (former Pennsylvania RR). Expect 10-15 train during a 24-hour period.Railroad Radio Frequency: 160.440 NS Dispatcher / Train
Photo Comment: The aerial view photo faces northward. The south side of the Best Western motel is seen with the railroad running along the west side of it. Note when the tree's are in bloom, the view will be diminished.