Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

HARRIMAN, TENNESSEE ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Harriman, TN - Comfort Inn

Address:    1867 South Roane Street                                           Phone: 865-882-6600

Location/ Directions: Driving from East or West on I-40-take Exit 347/Harriman/Rockwood. Make a left/South. Go about 1/2 Mile. Hotel is on left.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2010):   $79.00                                AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 3-Stories, 64-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free breakfast with hot waffles, Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, Free weekday newspaper, Free local calls, Business Center, Exercise Room, Guest Laundry, No Pets Allowed, Outdoor Parking, Seasonal Outdoor Pool, 100% Smoke Free Hotel, Cable/Satellite Flat Screen/Plasma TV, Hair Dryer, In-Room Coffee Maker, Individual A/C & Heat, Iron & Ironing Board, Microwave, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Refrigerator, Voice Mail, Wake-Up Service, In-Room Desk, Business Center, Exercise Room, Voice Mail, Wake-Up Service,

Railroad View:  Excellent view.  Trains sneak up fast with no advance warning.  Track speed is likely 40mph, most trains seen during my stay moved at that steady speed.  At night, its bright enough to make out passing trains, but don't expect to be able to read engine numbers or video passing trains during dark hours.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern.  Expect 15-20 trains during a 24-hour period.  There are actually 2 tracks / 2 lines in front of the motel.  All trains that passed during my stay were on the visible track.  The second track is behind trees, I expect it to be difficult if even possible to see the trains behind the thick trees and brush.  Within view to the south side of the motel is Hot Box detector "MP 261.9".  NS uses radio channels 160.245 + 160.950 through Harriman.

Notes:  This is a brand new motel, was the site of the former Super 8 Harriman.

Comments:  Best railroad view in Harriman out of several motels located on this road.

Photo Comments: Taken from room # 318, the motel faces west making nice lighting for photography in the morning hours from the motel window.  During my stay, trains were mostly regular freights along with some intermodal trains.

HARRIMAN, TENNESSEE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Harriman, TN - Holiday Inn Express

Address:    1885 South Roane Street                                           Phone: 865-295-0001

Location/ Directions: Driving from East or West on I-40-take Exit 347/Harriman/Rockwood. Make a left/South. Go about 1/2 Mile. Hotel is on left.

Average Price (Checked Oct 2010):   $84.60                       AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 3-Stories, 68-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Free breakfast, High Speed Internet, Pets allowed, Color Cable / Satellite TV, Phone with Voice Mail, Speaker phone, Free local calls, Hairdryer, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, Iron / Ironing Board, All rooms non-smoking, Business Center on-site,

Health and Fitness Center (On-site), Indoor Pool,
On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer),
Ice Machine,
Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk.

Railroad View:  Excellent view.  Trains sneak up fast with no advance warning.  Track speed is likely 40mph, most trains seen during my stay moved at that steady speed.  2nd & 3rd floor rooms on the front of the building will give you an excellent view.  1st floor rooms may have a blocked view due to cars in the parking lot.  The parking lot itself has an excellent view.  At night, its bright enough to make out passing trains, but don't expect to be able to read engine numbers or video passing trains during dark hours.  This is the second best motel in Harriman for a railroad view, Comfort Inn is closer to the tracks. 

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern.  Expect 15-20 trains during a 24-hour period.  There are actually 2 tracks / 2 lines in front of the motel.  All trains that passed during my stay were on the visible track.  The second track is behind trees, I expect it to be difficult if even possible to see the trains behind the thick trees and brush.  Across from the motel is Hot Box detector "MP 261.9".  NS uses radio channels 160.245 + 160.950 through Harriman.

Notes:  This motel is located next to the Comfort Inn (listed above).  Holiday Inn Express is situated further back from the road and located up on a hill.  This is a new motel, very nice & very well kept.

Comments: 

Photo Comments: (Left photo); this view looks southwest from the motel parking lot.  Of course, no trains passed during my few minutes out here. It’s a very nice view!  Also, the motel entrance is located behind the building with the red roof, difficult to find during the day, never mind at night! (Right photo); Taken with a zoom lens, a southbound Norfolk Southern freight passes the Holiday Inn Express.  Note utility wires along Roane Street will diminish that "perfect" photo.