Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

BRANSON, MISSOURI ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Branson, MO - Hilton Branson Convention Center

Address:  200 East Main Street             Phone: 417-336-5400

Location/ Directions: Hwy 65 S towards Branson. Exit Business 65 towards Branson Landing. Follow to Main St. Rt. on Main St.

Average Price (Checked Nov 2014): $149.00                AAA Rated:   YES          Stars: ****4****

About Hotel: 12-Floors, 293-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Parking (fee), Pets Allowed (fee), Cribs, High chairs, Concierge Desk, Elevators, Laundry/Valet Service, Local Area Transportation, Room Service, Snack Shop, Fitness Room, Pool, Air Conditioning, Alarm Clock Radio, Arm Chair with Ottoman, Black-Out Curtains, Connecting Rooms, Ergonomic Desk Chair, Desk, LCD Flat Panel TV, Cable TV, Thermostat (adjustable), 24 Hour Housekeeping, Coffee Maker, Convenient Electrical Outlets, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet Access (fee), Iron/Ironing Board, Mini Refrigerator, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), Rollaways (fee), Self Laundry Available, 2 line Telephone with Voice Mail and Speaker phone. 

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Any room on the east side of the hotel will offer an excellent railroad view.  Higher floors always improve the view, but are not necessary.  Photography from the hotel rooms is actually better than the view you can achieve from outside from public property!  For railfan's, this is THE hotel to stay at while visiting Branson.  The Branson Scenic Railway is right next door; don't even need to walk across the street!

Railroads past Hotel: Branson Scenic Railway (Tourist railroad) / Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad (MNA, Shortline freight railroad, owned by G&W).  The tourist train run several time a day Monday to Saturday year round.  A conductor on the tourist train said freight trains use the line 7-8 times a day.  During my visit I only witnessed one freight each night (between 1-3am).  One night was a 66-car merchandise freight (I didn't see the power), the next night was a empty ETRX coal hopper train powered by Union Pacific wide-nose GE's, with a DPU on the rear.  I did sleep well in the hotel, and kept busy during the day, so I'm sure I could have missed some additional freight trains.     

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Comments:  If you’re a train-buff and visit Branson, this is the place to stay!

Photo Comment:  Top Photo: Looking out the room window from the 11th Floor (Room # 1113), this view looks northeast, the single track railroad can be seen crossing Main Street.  The freight trains blow their horn for the crossing.  The hotel is well insulated, and while the horn should not wake you up, with a keen ear, you will hear the passing trains.

Second Photo:  Looking southeast from room # 1113 on the 11th floor.  The Branson Scenic Railway tourist train can be seen in the lower right corner of the picture.  This is where the tourist train parks in between runs, and for the night.

 

 

Third photo:  Standing at the entrance of the 1906 Branson railroad depot.  This is where you board to ride the Branson Tourist Railway.  The tourist train's north facing locomotive can be seen in this picture.  The Hilton hotel is the large building seen to the right.


Night Photo:  Looking to the northeast out from 11th floor room # 1113, Branson's 1906 built train depot can be seen lit up in historic fashion.  The tourist train can be seen parked for the night.  The clear track located on the other side of the station is the main track that the freight trains use.  The hotel has tinted windows, the city is illuminated enough so you can view and videotape passing trains during the night.

Depot Photo:  The Branson train depot is seen from my 11th floor room.  The track to the right is the main track to Springfield, MO.  The track seen on the left side of the station is the spur used for the tourist train.  This picture was taken while the train was on a run.

Below:  The tourist train arrived Branson with the railroad "F" unit # 98 on the north end of the train.  

Bottom Photo: A visit to the 2nd floor of the hotel (Convention Center level) will treat you to the best photos of the Branson Scenic Railway train in town.  Due to high chain link fences on both sides of the tracks, the only way to photograph the south locomotive on the tourist train in Branson is from the hotel.  Afternoon sun is best for lighting from the hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RailfanMotels.com - Reviewed November 2014

BRANSON, MISSOURI ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Branson, MO - Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing 

Address:     3 Branson Landing           Phone:  417-336-5500

Location/ Directions: Hwy 65 S towards Branson. Exit Business 65 towards Branson Landing. Follow to Main St. Rt. Hotel at the end of Main street, just across the railroad tracks.

Average Price (Checked Nov 2014):   $169.00               AAA Rated:   n/a          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 5-Floors, 243-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Parking (fee), Pets Allowed (fee), Cribs, High chairs, Concierge Desk, Elevators, Gift Shop, Laundry/Valet Service, Lounge, Room Service, Fitness Room, Pool, Air Conditioning, Alarm Clock Radio, Arm Chair with Ottoman, Black-Out Curtains, Ergonomic Desk Chair, LCD Flat Panel TV, Separate Bathtub and Shower, Cable TV, Thermostat (adjustable), Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, 24 Hour Housekeeping, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet Access (fee), Iron/Ironing Board, Mini Refrigerator, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), Rollaways (fee), Self Laundry Available, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Two-Line Telephone with Voice Mail.

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Rooms on the front side of the building are best; otherwise as long as you don't face the river directly, you will have a railroad view.  The Branson Scenic Railway is located just across the street.

Railroads past Hotel: Branson Scenic Railway (Tourist railroad) / Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad (MNA, Shortline freight railroad, owned by G&W).  The tourist train run several time a day Monday to Saturday year round.  A conductor on the tourist train said freight trains use the line 7-8 times a day.  During my visit I only witnessed one freight each night (between 1-3am).  One night was a 66-car merchandise freight (I didn't see the power), the next night was a empty ETRX coal hopper train powered by Union Pacific wide-nose GE's, with a DPU on the rear.  I did sleep well in the Hilton Branson Convention Center hotel (across the street), and kept busy during the day, so I'm sure I could have missed some additional freight trains.   

Notes:  During my visit to Branson, I stayed across the street in the Hilton Branson Convention Center.  The convention center hotel has an excellent view of both the tourist train and the freight.  This hotel will be best for the freight trains.  At times, the Branson Scenic Railway will run trains north, which will pass directly in front of this hotel.

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Photo Comment:The Hilton Promenade is seen with the railroad grade crossing in the foreground.   Other photo's with this hotel & railroad can be seen with the convention center hotel (above).