Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

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Lincoln, NE - Econo Lodge  (NE081) (Not Rated)

Address:    1140 West Cornhusker Highway                Phone: (402) 475-4511

Location/ Directions: Conveniently located at I-80 Lincoln Airport Exit 399.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $60.00                                 AAA Rated:          Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 49-Rooms, Interior & Exterior Corridors, Free continental breakfast, Free local calls, Free coffee, Free wireless high-speed Internet access, Pet-friendly hotel, Bus Parking, Cold Weather Hook-up, News Stand, Outdoor Parking, Cable/Satellite TV, Hair Dryer, Coffee Maker, Individual A/C & Heat, Microwave, Refrigerator, Wake-Up Service.

Railroad View: Excellent View!  Any room in the front of the motel has a railroad view.

Railroads past Hotel: Union Pacific Railroad. Not sure of train frequency. (It may not be a busy line).

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial photo shows the Econo Lodge motel to the upper right of the picture.  The single track Union Pacific Railroad line is just across the street.  Other then the 3 tree's you see in this photo, its a clear view of the railroad.  I am unsure how many trains pass this motel daily.

 

 

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Lincoln, NE - Economy Lodge & Suites Lincoln   (Not Rated)

Address:    2410 NW 12th Street                 Phone: 877-747-8713

Location/ Directions: Located just off I-80 at exit 399.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $50.00                                  AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 133-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, 24-Hour Front Desk, Guest Laundromat, Small Pets Allowed, Free Parking, Complimentary Continental Breakfast, High speed internet access, Free Local Calls, Outdoor Pool.

Railroad View: Excellent View!  Clear view from any room on the railroad side of the building.  Its possible that this is not a busy rail line, we have not yet rated this motel.

Railroads past Hotel: Union Pacific Railroad.  We find it odd that with all the internet reviews posted by users, none mention the railroad. That is unusual for a motel right next to the railroad tracks.  Maybe its not a busy rail line? 

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Comments:    Internet reviews by former guests are poor.  This motel has not been rated by RailfanMotels.com

Photo Comment:  You can see the clear view of the railroad from the motel.  Any room on the north side of the building will give you a view.

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Lincoln, NE - Motel 6 Lincoln Airport #96 (Not Rated)

Address:    3001 NW 12th Street                 Phone: (402) 475-3211  

Location/ Directions: I-80 at exit 399.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $35.99                                 AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 97-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Local Calls, Free Morning Coffee, Free Expanded Cable, Kids Stay Free, Pet Allowed, Coin Laundry, Outdoor Pool, Public Transportation, Restaurant Nearby, Wireless Internet (WiFi). 

Railroad View: Good View.  Most rooms on the south side of the building will give you a railroad view.  Railroad end of the building is the best.  Some scattered tree's prevents an excellent view of the railroad.

Railroads past Hotel: Union Pacific Railroad. Not a busy line - populated by mostly locals.

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

Photo Comment:  The white building with the swimming pool is the Motel 6.  The single track railroad can be seen to the left side of the picture.  Rooms on the south side (the side you are looking at) will be needed for a railroad view.  Al tough this is not a branch line.  Please contact us if you can provide us with train frequency on this route.  Just west of the motel is a small yard with grain hopper cars in it.  We are not sure how often its switched.

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Lincoln, NE - Horizon Inn Motel (Not Rated)

Address:   2901 NW 12th Street                  Phone:  402-474-5252

Website: Horizon Inn Motel

Location/ Directions:  I-80, Exit #399 (Airport Exit), At the end of off ramp will be a stop light. At the light take a left. Turn right at first drive way into Horizon Inn Motel parking lot. 

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $38.00                                  AAA Rated:    n/a      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 41-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Wireless High-Speed Internet, Free Coffee/Hot Tea, Free Baked Fresh Daily Donuts, Free Orange Juice, Free Local Calls, Free Mini-Fridge, Free Microwave, Free Stay for Children under 18, Free Cribs (based on availability), Free On-site Parking, Well Lit Parking Lot, Pets Not Allowed, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning/Heat, Alarm Clocks, Full-Size Ironing Board and Iron, Hairdryers, 27' TV with 75 Cable Channels, Ice, Snack, and Soda Machines, Wake Up Calls, Tub/Shower Combo, Coffee, Orange Juice, Hot Tea, and Baked Fresh Daily Donuts, 24 Hour Front Desk Staff.

Railroad View: Excellent View!  Any room on the back side of the building will give you a perfect, clear railroad view.  Motel is located along the railroad tracks. 

Railroads past Hotel: Union Pacific Railroad. We don't expect this to be a busy rail line.

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

Photo Comment:  Pictures say a thousand words, I couldn't find too many here.  The brown roof building is the Horizon Inn and the railroad tracks are right behind it.  The best seats in town for railroad view from a motel!  Now, how many train's use this line is a different story, that I don't yet have an answer for.  If anyone knows how many train's use this line, send us a quick note here.

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 Lincoln, NE - Days Inn Lincoln South Hwy 2  (Not Rated)

Address:   1140 Calvert Street                  Phone: 402-423-7111   

Location/ Directions: Take I-180 South downtown, exit 401A. Merge into 9th Street and continue past Van Dorn onto Highway 2 East. Hotel on left behind McDonalds and Pizza Hut.

Average Price (Checked May 2011):   $42.36                                AAA Rated:   n/a       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 43-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Daybreak Breakfast, Free High Speed Internet, Truck/Bus Parking, 24 hour Front Desk, Free continental breakfast, Free High Speed Internet, Free Parking, Free Local Telephone Calls, No Smoking Rooms/Facilities, Television with Cable, No Pets Allowed, Iron and Board in all rooms.  

Railroad View:  Fair Distant View.  Rooms on the front of the motel are needed for a railroad view.  The railroad is located just across Nebraska Highway (Route 2).  We expect this to be a fairly busy line, with 40+ train's during a 24-hour period.  Some tree's, traffic, and parked automobiles in both the motel, and Pizza Hut parking lot will take away from the railroad view.  Additionally, during harvest, grain hoppers (railroad cars) for the grain mill across the road maybe parked, fouling the view of the main track.  In this case second floor rooms maybe best to capture a distant southward-view of the main track.  In general, until we visit the motel, we are unsure which floor will offer a better view.  Some tree's in front of the motel are tall enough that 1st floor rooms may have the advantage - minus cars in the parking lots.  

Railroads past Hotel: BNSF Railway.  Expect approximately 40 train's during a 24-hour period on this line.

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

Photo Comment:  The center photo taken from the motels web site shows the room with the grain silo out the window.  The main track is on the back side of the grain mill.  Aerial Photo shows the Days Inn motel circled in yellow.  The railroad trains run along the grain mill.  During harvest, many of these empty tracks are occupied by grain cars for loading at the mill.  That may limit the viewing area of mainline trains from the motel.  In the event that rail cars are parked here, a 2nd floor room looking southward may give you a distant view.  Just out of the picture to the right, the customers yard ends, and the single main track continues southward.  This photograph faces eastward.


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Lincoln, NE - Americas Best Value Inn Lincoln    (Not Rated)

Address:  5600 Cornhusker Highway                 Phone: (402) 464-5971

Web Site: Star City Inn

Location/ Directions:  Conveniently located on N 56th Street and Highway 6, south of I-80 exit 405. 

Average Price (Checked Jan 2012):   $46.00                                AAA Rated:  n/a        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 52-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Free Continental Breakfast, Free WiFi, Air Conditioning, Restaurants Nearby, Non-Smoking Rooms, Pets Welcome, Cable TV, Guest Laundry, Truck and Bus Parking, HBO / ESPN, Free Continental Breakfast, Barbecue Grill, Guest Laundry Facility, Microwave, Mini-fridge, Coffeemaker, Cable TV with HBO and ESPN, Hairdryer, Clock radio, Desk with lamp, Free local calls, and Wake-up service. , Pet Friendly, Guest Laundry, Vending Machines, Well Lit Parking.  

Railroad View: Expect a Good View. Railroad is located across the road (US-6, Cornhusker Highway).  Every room in the motel should have a railroad view.  Second floor rooms will keep you above cars in the parking lot and traffic on US-6.  Of the other "railfan motels" in Lincoln, this rail line will be the busiest. 

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway.

Notes:    This is a former Motel 6, Travelodge than Star City Inn before becoming Americas Best Value Inn. 

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

Photo Comment:  The aerial view shows the motel circled in yellow.  The railroad can be seen to the bottom right.  Although in this picture it looks as if the railroad is elevated, it is not.  The rail bed is the same level as the motel.  A 2nd floor room in this motel should keep you above the parking lot, and help with the truck traffic on US-6.  As you can see in the picture, US-6 is a busy truck route, the traffic light at the intersection will not help move trucks along any quicker.  Street lights should provide a view of the passing train at night.