Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

Rochelle, IL -  Rochelle Diamond Lodge 

Address:    215 North 9th Street                              Phone: 815-561-7076  Website: Rochelle Diamond Lodge

Location/ Directions:  Located on the north side of the railroad crossing at the Rochelle Railroad Park.

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $85.00                                      AAA Rated:   NO       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 1-Floor, 3-Rooms (all suites), Exterior Corridors, All suites non-smoking, No pets allowed, Free Parking On Site, Air conditioning, Private bathrooms, Kitchenettes, Mini-fridges, Microwaves, Coffee pots, Alarm clocks, Cable television, Scanner with train frequencies, Picnic tables and barbecue amenities. 

Railroad View:  Excellent View!  Located next to the Union Pacific (former Chicago & North Western mainline), and within view of the BNSF Railway line.  Expect about 100 trains a day past the lodge.  The Lodge is located across the street from the Rochelle Train-Watching Park. Note that trains blow their horns past the lodge, they pass only feet away from it.  Light sleepers will need earplugs (if that's enough).  This is an ultimate railfan lodging experience!

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific / BNSF Railway.  Expect about 100 trains a day past the lodge.    



Picture Comments: (n/a)

Rochelle, IL -  Super 8 Rochelle 

Address:    601 East Hwy 38                                Phone: 815-562-2468  


Location/ Directions: Take I-39, Exit 99. Turn Right at ramp. Motel is located on the Right.

Average Price (Checked Jul 2010):   $55.00                                      AAA Rated:   NO       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Story, Interior Corridors, Children 17 & Under Stay Free With Adult, Copy/Fax Service, Free High Speed Wireless, Free Parking RV/Truck/Bus, Guest Laundry, No Pets Allowed, Superstart Breakfast, Cable TV with HBO, Clock Radio, Coffeemaker, Crib Available (Fee), Free Local Calls, Hairdryer, Iron & Board Available, Microwave, Refrigerator.  

Railroad View:  Poor.  When the corn fields across from the motel are cut for the season, you can see the Union Pacific trains in the distance to the south. Tracks are around 4000 feet (almost a mile) away from the motel.

Railroads past Hotel:  Union Pacific

Notes:  The Rochelle Railroad Park is about 5-minutes away from the motel.  The only lodging track side in Rochelle is the Rochelle Diamond Lodge (815-561-7076), a home converted into a lodge next to the Rochelle Railroad Park.  80-100 trains pass through Rochelle daily.

Comments:  Clean motel, I stay here for the price, and the included breakfast.

Picture Comments: In this October 2010 view; a coal train can be seen passing.  The view is looking south from the Super 8 parking lot.  A room on the front of the building, second floor will give you the best view.  However, even with the best view, a strong pair of binoculars is useful.  You can’t read engine numbers from this distance, but at least you can see what you’re missing!  This view is only possible in Fall & Winter due to the growing season.