Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

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Laurel, MT - Locomotive Inn 

Address:     310 South First Ave                  Phone: 406-628-8281 

Website: Locomotive Inn

Location/ Directions:  I-90, at exit 434  

Average Price (Checked Jun 2011):   $78.00                                AAA Rated:  n/a        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 51-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Small Pets Allowed, Complimentary breakfast, Indoor pool & hot tub, Free passes to the Locomotion Fitness Center – adjacent to the motel, 24 Hour desk, Free parking, Truck parking, Ice/vending machines, Guest washer/dryer, Non-smoking rooms, Air conditioning, In-room coffee, In-room safes, Hair dryers, Irons/ironing boards, 32" flat screen HDTVs, Free high speed wireless internet, Free local phone calls, Wake up calls, AM/FM alarm clocks, Guest computer in lobby. 

Railroad View:  Overall, Expect a Good View.  We have not yet visited this motel.  Its located about 400 feet south of the mainline, and next to a Wye.  There is a chance that the Wye could be busier (or just as busy) as the mainline since the line that leads south of Laurel (via the Wye) connects with the busy BNSF lines in Wyoming.  We recommend 2nd floor rooms on the north side of the building, you should be able to see most if not all of the trains from those rooms.  The south side rooms may have a better view of the railroad, but will not view the mainline.

Railroads past Hotel:  Montana Rail Link / BNSF Railway (via trackage rights).

Notes:    Former Howard Johnson Motel.

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial photo looks southward.  The Locomotive Inn is circled, and the tracks are labeled.  Its hard to see in this fall picture, but the one building and a few trees will prevent an excellent view of the railroad.  Another observation using the aerial imagery is the east leg of the wye is protected by a flashing railroad crossing device, where as the west leg is not protected at all, which can give you an idea of what track more train's more trains may use.  The East Leg of the Wye is the track closest to the motel.

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Laurel, MT - Russell Motel 

Address:    711 East Main Street                  Phone: (406) 628-6513 

Location/ Directions: Russell Motel is located 7 blocks east of the only traffic light in Laurel. Take any of the 3 exits off Interstate 90 into Laurel.  

Average Price (Checked Jun 2011):   $33.00          AAA Rated:  n/a        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Floor, 13-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Non-smoking Rooms, Dogs/Cats Allowed, Accepts Credit Cards, Air Conditioning, Satellite TV, Telephone, Television, High Speed Internet Access (fee), Laundry.

Railroad View:  Good View from most rooms.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Montana Rail Link / BNSF Railway (via trackage rights).

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial picture shows the Russell Motel to the top left (circled in yellow).  The railroad is across the street.  The mainline tracks run along the north side of the yard (motel side), so you should be able to see all through trains.  The is the west end of the very large / busy MRL Laurel Yard.  Many of MRL's yard jobs operate with remote-control, which requires cabooses coupled to locomotives for operation.

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Laurel, MT - Laurel Ridge Motel    (Not Rated)

Address:    1403 West Main Street                  Phone:  (406) 628-2000

Location/ Directions: Located on West Main Street, on the north side of Laurel's train yard.

Average Price (Checked Apr 2012):   n/a          AAA Rated:  n/a        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Floor, Exterior Corridors, Very little information found on the internet.  This motel was spotted by one of our field scouts while in Laurel.

Railroad View:  Excellent View.  Railroad is just across the street, any room in the motel should provide a good railroad view, rooms closer to the road maybe better, less chance of a high profile vehicle blocking the railroad view.

Railroads past Hotel:  Montana Rail Link / BNSF Railway (via trackage rights).  Laurel Yard is across from the motel.

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

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