Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

GATHERSBURG, MARYLAND -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Gathersburg, MD - Motel 6 - Washington, DC - Gaithersburg (#1489) 

Address:   497 Quince Orchard Road               Phone: (301) 977-3311

Location/ Directions:  Traveling on I-270 South: Exit at Quince Orchard Road/SR 124, exit #11. Turn right onto Quince Orchard Road and this Motel 6 will be on the left side of the road.

Average Price (Checked Feb 2011):  $60.00                                  AAA Rated:  NO        Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 3-Stories, 115-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Free Local Calls, Free Morning Coffee, Free Expanded Cable, Kids Stay Free, Pet Allowed (fee), Coin Laundry, Elevator, Truck Parking, Wireless Internet (WiFi)(fee).

Railroad View: Poor View due to tree's along the railroad track's.

Railroads past Hotel:  CSX / MARC (commuter railroad) / Amtrak

Notes:    I've stayed at this motel twice, during the Red Roof Inn days, and before MARC train's were operating past here.  The railroad is fairly busy.  Although there are tree's behind the motel, I had no trouble viewing engine numbers, and another visitor at the motel was video-taping passing train's.  A quick dash across the parking lot will put you track-side (as if the motel is not track-side enough).  During my last visit, clear pictures of passing trains can be had at the northeast corner of the parking lot.  Although train's do not blow their horn as they pass, they are loud, they will not sneak up on you.    


Photo Comment:  Aerial photo shows the Motel 6 and the CSX line.  Any room on the back side of the motel will give you a railroad view.  2nd or 3rd floor will keep you above cars in the parking lot, but 1st floor rooms offer a chance to get track-side for a quick picture.  There is no fence, please keep off the tracks!