Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

HARMARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA (PITTSBURGH AREA) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Harmarville, PA - Quality Inn Pittsburgh North  (PA268)

Address:  2801 Freeport Road                  Phone: (412) 828-9400

Location/ Directions:  PA Turnpike exit 48, hotel south of exit. From Downtown PGH SR 28N to exit 11(Harmarville).

Average Price (Checked Jan 2012):   $76.49                      AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 152-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Bus & Truck Parking, Exercise Room, Free Continental Breakfast, Free Newspaper Mon-Fri, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Parking, Restaurant, Seasonal Outdoor Pool, Sun Deck, Cable/Satellite TV, In-Room Air Conditioning.

Railroad View: Excellent View.  Any room on the front of the building will give you a railroad view.  2nd Floor rooms will keep you above the cars in the parking lot, and traffic on the main road.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern. (Former Conrail / Pennsylvania Rail Road).  Single track Conemaugh Line. Expect around 12-trains during a 24-hour period, most if not all will be eastbound, NS uses this line to by-pass the mainline to the south.  Most trains will be merchandise & coal trains.   

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.800 (NS)

Notes:    Formerly Comfort Inn.

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

Photo Comment:  The Comfort Inn is the building seen, the single track railroad is located across the 4-lane highway.  The view is clear, however, you need a room facing the road, 2nd floor is preferred to keep you above cars in the parking lot & local traffic.  There is a 1-story building located in front of the motel, which will block a good view from several rooms.

HARMARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA (PITTSBURGH AREA) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Harmarville, PA - Days Inn Harmarville

Address:  6 Landing Drive                  Phone: 412-828-5400

Location/ Directions: PA Turnpike to Exit 48, Allegheny Valley. After Toll Booth turn Right. At First Traffic Light turn Right. Turn Right behind McDonalds to hotel.

Average Price (Checked Jan 2012):   $70.00                 AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Floors, 101-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Truck/Bus Parking, Free Continental Breakfast, Free Wireless High Speed Internet, Free Local Calls, Guest Laundry, Suites Available, Restaurants within walking distance, Coffee Makers, Hair Dryers, Cable TV with HBO, Alarm Clock Radios.

Railroad View: Fair to Good View.  You need a room on the 2nd floor that faces Landing Drive.  The tracks are in the distance across Freeport Road. 

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern. (Former Conrail / Pennsylvania Rail Road).  Single track Conemaugh Line. Expect around 12-trains during a 24-hour period, most if not all will be eastbound, NS uses this line to by-pass the mainline to the south.  Most trains will be merchandise & coal trains.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.800 (NS) 

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

 

 

Photo Comment:  The "L" shaped building in the right side of the picture is the Days Inn.  You do have a KFC and some tree's that prevents us from giving this motel an Excellent View status, but there is enough open space to view passing train's.  I do not know the frequency of train's on this line.

HARMARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA (PITTSBURGH AREA) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Harmarville, PA - Super 8 Pittsburgh Harmarville 

Address:  8 Landing Drive                  Phone: 412-828-8900

Location/ Directions:  Route 28 to exit 11 stop sign make left 2 lights make left make first right.

Average Price (Checked Jan 2012):   $70.00                               AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Floors, -Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Continental Breakfast, Free High Speed Internet, 100% Non-Smoking, Truck/Bus Free Parking, 24-hour front desk, Free Local Calls, Alarm Clocks, Elevators, Guest Laundry, In-Room Hairdryers, Microwave/Refrigerators in some rooms, Cable Television with HBO, CNN, Fox News, ESPN, Disney & More, Free In-Room Coffee.

Railroad View: Excellent View.  Rooms do not face the track directly.  Upper floors are preferred to keep above traffic on Freeport Road.  The NS track is located across Freeport Road.  NS trains blow their horn both east & west of the motel.  The B&LE trestle can be seen in the distance from 2nd or 3rd floor rooms on the front of the motel.  You must be on the Freeport Road end of the building to see the B&LE bridge.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern - Conemaugh Line (near motel). Expect around 12-trains during a 24-hour period, most if not all will be eastbound, NS uses this line to by-pass the mainline to the south.  Most trains will be merchandise & coal trains.  Rooms on the front of the motel will have a slightly less view of the NS line, but in the distance you can see the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad (railroad bridge in the distance).  B&LE (owned by Canadian National) only runs a handful of trains each day.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.800 (NS)

Notes:    Odd Room numbers are on the front of the building, Higher numbers are on the railroad end of the building.  NS Hotbox detector MP 66.8 is a couple miles west of the motel.  Once you hear it on the scanner, you will have a few minutes until the eastbound train arrives.

Comments:  This is a very nice motel, clean and well kept.  KFC is next door (within walking distance).  Several other restaurants are nearby, many within sight from the motel (such as Burger King, McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Kings Diner).  Harmaraville is 11 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

Photo Comments:  The aerial picture shows the Super 8 motel to the right, the Norfolk Southern single track railroad is across the 4-lane highway (Freeport Road).  No rooms face the NS track directly.  You will need a room on the front of the building, 3rd floor on the Freeport Road end of the building to be able to see the B&LE Railroad bridge in the distance.  The building in the lower right hand of the picture is the Holiday Inn Express which is also listed on this web site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Comments: Left Photo: The night view on the left shows a moving NS coal train (silver looking streak).  As you can see, the trains are viewable at night.  Reading engine numbers was not easy at night.  Excuse my poor photo-shopping under the words "NS coal train", the double-pain glass plays games with the camera at night creating a ghosting effect from bright objects.  I was in Room # 222 located on the rear of the motel.  I had no problems seeing the passing trains.  During my 16-hour stay 6-trains passed the motel, all after dark.  I may have missed some between 2am and 7am when I woke up.  All the trains I saw were eastbound as expected due to directional running.  Right Photo: This view from the Front of the motel, 2nd floor gives you a nice distant view of the B&LE Railroad bridge in the distance.  I stayed here during a very rainy day, not ideal for pictures.  I waited at the motel until 10:40am for a train to pass to get a daytime picture of a passing train, no luck!  From here I will drive 2-hours east to Altoona, PA.  Altoona is one of the best places in the state for train-watching.

HARMARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA (PITTSBURGH AREA) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Harmarville, PA - Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh-North 

Address:  10 Landing Drive                  Phone: 412-828-9300  

Location/ Directions: Exit 48 From PA Turnpike Or Exit 11 From Route 28.

Average Price (Checked Mar 2011):   $123.00                               AAA Rated:  N/A        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: -Floors, -Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free Continental Breakfast, Cable / Satellite TV, Work Desk w/ Lamp, Speakerphone with Voice Mail, Free Local Phone Calls, High-speed Internet Access, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, Coffee Maker, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Business Center, Health/Fitness Center On-Site, Indoor Pool, On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Daily Housekeeping, Ice Machine.   

Railroad View: Expect a Fair to Good View.  A 3rd floor room on the rear of the motel should give you a good view of the Norfolk Southern single track line. A highway entrance ramp behind the motel limits views from the 2nd floor, and leaves the 1st floor with no view at all.  Looking out to the left, you maybe able to see the B&LE Allegany River high bridge, located just past the lower Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge. 

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern - Conemaugh Line (near motel). Expect around 12-trains during a 24-hour period, most if not all will be eastbound, NS uses this line to by-pass the mainline to the south.  Most trains will be merchandise & coal trains.  In the distance you can see the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad bridge.  B&LE (owned by Canadian National) only runs a handful of trains each day.

Railroad Radio Frequency:  160.800 (NS)

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

Photo Comment:  The Aerial view shows the Holiday Inn Express at the bottom of the picture, with the single track railroad running across Freeport Road.  Behind the motel is the interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Exit # 48), this maze of roads limits the view from the second floor, and completely blocks a railroad view from the 1st floor.  Get a room on the 3rd floor for the best railroad view.  Harmarville is 11-miles northeast of Pittsburgh.