Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

CLAYTON, NEW MEXICO -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Clayton, NM - Days Inn 

Address:   1120 S 1st Street                 Phone: 575-374-0133

 

Location/ Directions:  On US-87 in downtown Clayton.

Average Price (Checked Nov 2012):   $99.00                                 AAA Rated:    n/a      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 40-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Breakfast, Business Center, Fitness Center, High Speed Internet Access, Pet Friendly, Indoor heated pool, Truck/Bus Parking, Outdoor Parking, Elevators, Ice Machine, Laundromat, Limited Service Housekeeping, Vending Machines, Wake-Up Calls, Hot Tub, Spa, Bath Tub,
Hairdryer, Shower, Free Local Telephone Calls, Air Conditioning, Alarm Clock, Cribs Available, Desk, Rollaway, Fan, Self Controlled Heating/Cooling, Iron/Iron Board, Coffee/Tea Maker, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, Cable/Satellite TV.

Railroad View:  Expect an excellent view from rooms on the rear of the motel.  

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway.  The line through Clayton, NM is the ex. Burlington Northern, nee. Colorado & Southern mainline to Amarillo, TX.  Its called the 'Twin Peaks Sub' by BNSF. Since 2005 BNSF has been using directional running.  All traffic moves Northbound from Amarillo, TX to Pueblo, CO. It sees anywhere from 6-16 trains a day. The average is on the lower end (except for "busy" days). With coal being down it's probably around six. 80% is empty coal trains, with manifest and a few grain trains making up the rest. From Trinidad, CO to Des Moines, NM it's CTC dispatched. From there to Texline, TX it's TWC/ABS. The diamond in Dalhart is in dark territory on both lines (BNSF and UP).

Railroad Radio Frequency:  161.160  (BNSF)

Notes:    During my visit to Clayton in 2012, I stayed in the Super 8 down the road.  Days Inn will have a better railroad view, but this is a slow line. I wasn't able to catch any daylight moves during my 14-hour visit.  Clayton is a small town, restaurant options are thin.  Subway, Pizza Hut and Dairy Queen are the choices, all a short drive from the motel.  Clayton was a center point between Oklahoma City and Denver during my road trip. 

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CLAYTON, NEW MEXICO -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Clayton, NM - Super 8 Clayton 

Address:   1425 South 1st St                 Phone: 575-374-8127

Location/ Directions:  On Highway 87, at the east side of town.

Average Price (Checked Nov 2012):   $70.00                      AAA Rated:    NO      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 31-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free American Continental Breakfast, High Speed Internet Access, Outdoor Truck/Bus Parking, Shower / Bath Tub, Hairdryer, Local Telephone Calls (Free), Self controlled Air Conditioning / Heating, Alarm Clock, Iron & Iron Board, In Room-Coffee/Tea Maker, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, Cable/Satellite TV, Pets Allowed.

Railroad View:  Good View.  Need a room on the front of the building to have a railroad view.  Only single bed rooms are located on the front of the building (which have a railroad view).  The motel only owns two roll-away beds and may not be available if needed.  Rooms with a railroad view follow: 101, 102, 111, 112, 114, 115, 201, 202, 212, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218.  At night, its too dark to view passing trains.  Motel windows do not open. 

Railroads past Hotel:  BNSF Railway.  The line through Clayton, NM is the ex. Burlington Northern, nee. Colorado & Southern mainline to Amarillo, TX.  Its called the 'Twin Peaks Sub' by BNSF. Since 2005 BNSF has been using directional running.  All traffic moves Northbound from Amarillo, TX to Pueblo, CO. It sees anywhere from 6-16 trains a day. The average is on the lower end (except for "busy" days). With coal being down it's probably around six. 80% is empty coal trains, with manifest and a few grain trains making up the rest. From Trinidad, CO to Des Moines, NM it's CTC dispatched. From there to Texline, TX it's TWC/ABS. The diamond in Dalhart is in dark territory on both lines (BNSF and UP).

Railroad Radio Frequency:   161.160 (BNSF) 

Notes:    Clayton is a small town.  Food choices are limited to Subway (within walking distance).  Dairy Queen and Pizza Hut are a short drive to the west side of town.  The motel advertises free breakfast 6-9am, I departed at 6:40am, there was no breakfast and only a drop box to drop your room key on the way out.

Comments:    During my 14 hour visit, only two trains passed, both under the cover of total darkness.  Due to the need for two beds, I was not able to get a room on the railroad side of the building.  The motel didn't have a roll away bed available for me either (they only own two of them).  I was able to hear passing trains fine with a room on the back.  The front desk clerk told me that Wednesday's seem to be the busy days on the railroad.

Comment: Standing in the motels parking lot, I shot this southward looking photo.  The single track main past the motel is quiet.  I didn't see any trains here during daylight.  I arrived the motel at 4:15pm, the first train passed at 8:30pm, the next and last was at 5:45am.  During my road trip, Clayton was a center point between Oklahoma City, OK and Denver, CO.  This BNSF line parallels US-87 west of Amarillo, TX into Colorado.    The Days Inn down the street has a better railroad view, but catching a train during daylight maybe a challenge.