Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

GOLDSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Goldsboro, NC - Hampton Inn Goldsboro    

Address:  905 N. Spence Avenue     Phone:  1-877-499-9745

Location/ Directions:  I-95 North or South to exit 97 (Smithfield/Selma/Hwy 70). Follow Hwy 70 East to Goldsboro. Arriving in Goldsboro, follow HWY 70 East BYPASS towards Kinston. Exit at Best Road/Spence Ave exit. Turn right off the exit ramp. Hotel is on the right. Hotel is visiable from the ramp.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2012):   $129.00     AAA Rated:   n/a   Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 4-Floors, 111-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Business Center, Coin Laundry, Elevators, Laundry/Valet Service, Fitness Room, Pool, self-parking, Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio, Ergonomic Desk Chair, TV-25 Inch, Coffee Maker, Complimentary Hot Breakfast, Hairdryer, Free High Speed Internet, Iron/Ironing Board, Lap Desk, Newspaper M-F (USA Today). 

Railroad View:   Excellent View!  3 of 4 sides of this hotel offer an excellent railroad view.  On the down side, its a branch line, likely only sees a round trip local each day.

Railroads past Hotel: Norfolk Southern Railway.  Piedmont Division H-Line (Branch line).  Expect no more than one round trip freight daily.  During my 2014 visit to Goldsboro, the eastbound freight #350 operates with a local crew east of Selma.  This train passes the hotel between 8-11am daily.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.950

Notes:

Comments: Railfans to this area will want to stop in Selma, NC.  Selma is about 20-miles west near I-95.  Selma is a great town to watch trains!  Its listed on our Railfan Locations / Train-Watching page.

Photo Comment: Looking west down Royall Avenue shows the Hampton Inn to the right, and the railroad which runs along the road to the left.  There is a clear view of the railroad from this motel, too bad their isn't much train traffic on this line.

GOLDSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Goldsboro, NC - Best Western Plus Goldsboro    

Address:  909 N Spence Ave   Phone:  919-751-1999

Location/ Directions: Traveling on I- 795 you exit on US 13/Hwy 70 go to Exit Best Rd/Spence Ave. turn right and we will be on the right

Average Price (Checked May 2014): $69.00   AAA Rated:    n/a   Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 5-Floors, 122-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Pets Welcome, Business Center, Health and Fitness Center (On-site), High-speed Internet Access, Outdoor Pool, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Daily Housekeeping, Ice Machine, Free Continental Breakfast, Color Cable / Satellite TV, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Phone with Voice Mail, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, Coffee Maker, Microwave Oven, Mini Refrigerator, Tea Maker, Connecting Rooms, Crib, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Roll-away Bed/Cot. 

Railroad View:  Fair to Good View, You need a high floor room on the front of the motel (south side) for a railroad view.  This is not a busy railroad line. Windows in the hotel do not open, and although trains do blow their horn for the North Spencer Avenue crossing, its not very loud.  At night, there is enough light to see passing trains, just not very well. 

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern Railway.  Piedmont Division H-Line (Branch line).  Expect no more than one round trip freight daily.  During my 2014 visit to this motel, the eastbound freight #350 operates with a local crew east of Selma.  This train passes the hotel eastbound between 8-11am daily.  I have been told that up to 4-trains daily may use this line. 

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.950

Notes: This is a former Holiday Inn Express.

Comments: Within walking distance of the motel is a Sheetz (convenient store / gas station / fast food to go) and Applebee's.  Both are located next to the motel.  Railfans to this area will want to stop in Selma, NC.  Selma is about 20-miles west near I-95.  Selma is a great town to watch trains!  Its listed on our Railfan Locations / Train-Watching page.  Its where the CSX mainline crosses the NS H-line.  Amtrak also stops in Selma.

Photo Comments:

Aerial Image:  The Best Western is the tall building near the right side of the photo.  The single track railroad is seen to the left side of the picture, crossing North Spence Avenue.  High floor rooms on the pool side will offer a good railroad view of this quiet railroad.

 

Middle photo:  An image taken from fifth floor room # 519 shows the locomotives from Norfolk Southern train # 350 crossing North Spencer Avenue.  Trains do blow their horn for the crossing. This train passed at 9:41am.  Expect this eastbound train daily between 8am and 11am.  During my 13-hour visit to this hotel, this was the only train to pass (unless I missed something overnight, I doubt it though).  The photo was shot using a 105mm zoom lens.

 

 

Bottom Photo:   Without a zoom lens; the view is not as inviting.  A view from room # 519 shows the freight train passing through town.  Note some auto-racks and tank cars seen in this photo.  Some trees foul some of the view even from the very top fifth floor.  This train is the # 350, it operates with a local crew east of Selma.  The train was a long one, expect these trains to have 60-100 cars daily.