Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PENNSYLVANIA (Philadelphia area) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

West Conshohocken, PA -  Philadelphia Marriott West  

Address:    111 Crawford Avenue                                    Phone: 610-941-5600

Location/ Directions: I-476 to exit 16 A (Conshohocken). Bottom of the exit ramp, make a right (This is Matson Ford Rd). At next light (4-Way Intersection) make a right. At next light, make a left. Hotel will be on your left.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2011):   $249.00                       AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 17-Stories, 285-Rooms, Interior Corridors,High-Speed Internet (fee), Unlimited local phone calls, Unlimited long distance calls (within the country, not available in all markets), On-site parking (fee), Valet parking (fee), Pets not allowed, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bottled water, Crib, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Rollaway bed, Bathrobe, Hair dryer, Color Cable/satellite TV with CNN/ESPN/HBO, Refrigerator, Two-Line Cordless Phone with speakerphone and voice mail, Coffee/tea in-room, Concierge desk, Full-service business center, Restaurant Open for breakfast-lunch-dinner, Room service 6:00 AM-11:00 PM, Sauna, Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, Fitness Center.  The hotel is a 5-minute walk from SEPTA's Conshohocken train station.

Railroad View: Excellent View!  Tracks pass the hotel on the north side of the building (rear side of the hotel).  Any room on the north side will give you the very best view.  I'd recommend the 8th floor or higher for a complete unobstructed view.  Below the 8th floor, the top of the lower part of the building will obstruct part of the view in a narrow area.  From north side rooms, you can look up and down the NS line for a brief distance.  East and west side rooms will also provide a railroad view, but the views will not be as good as north side rooms.  If you look out across the river, you can also view SEPTA's Norristown Regional Rail Line.  The SEPTA trains pass usually twice an hour, more during rush hour.  For those that want to be outdoors, the Fayette Street bridge has a walk way on both sides, photography is excellent from the bridge for both rail lines.  There is a bike path that runs along the SEPTA line in Conshohocken, as well as a quiet street that runs along the NS line in West Conshohocken.  Windows do NOT open, so hearing a train can be very difficult, even as they pass its very hard to hear them.  At night the area is well lit, there is plenty of light to watch the trains, reading engine numbers from the hotel room was easy, even at night.  

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern / Canadian Pacific (D&H, only 2 trains daily).  Expect less then 15 train's during a 24-hour period pass the hotel.  Across the river, SEPTA electric commuter train's can be seen from rooms on the north side.  Conrail Shared Assets operates a local freight on the SEPTA rail line.

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Comments: During my July 2011 visit, my only complaint was the lack of trains on the NS line.  During my 18 hour stay, I only saw 5 trains.  The CP eastbound passed at 8:30am.  I did sleep well between 1am and 7am, so maybe I missed some?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Comments:  Above Left: An eastbound Norfolk Southern freight passes the hotel.  View looks out the north side window in room # 920.  Above Right: The aerial view faces west.  The double track main is the former Reading mainline between Philadelphia and Harrisburg.  Most train's are Norfolk Southern freights.  Twice a day, CP will operate their road freights to and from New York State.  Below Left:  Looking out across the river, I was able to photograph a westbound SEPTA commuter train.  Photo was take from my north side room using a 300mm zoom lens.  The passenger train was currently stopped at the Conshohocken train station.  Below Left:  Another view of a passing Norfolk Southern freight train.  For railroad photographers, the Fayette Street bridge seen in the photo is an excellent location to shoot the action from, as well as several ground locations in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Walking distance to SEPTA's CONSHOHOCKEN Station