Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view


Jackson, MS - Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown

Address: 235 West Capitol Street Phone: 601-353-5464

Web site: www.jacksondowntown.hgi.com

Location/ Directions: From I 55 exit on High Street and proceed west. Continue west until you reach State Street. Take a left and proceed to East Amite Street. Take a right and continue until North Mill Street. Take a left on North Mill Street and travel one block to Capitol Street. Hotel is Located at 235 West Capitol street (Corner of N. Mill Street & West Capitol).

Average Price (Checked Oct 2012): $129.00 AAA Rated: YES Stars: ***3***

About Hotel: 12-Stories, 186-Rooms, Interior Corridors, Built in 1923 as the King Edward Hotel, Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On site dining: King Edward Grill & Room Service, King Edward Bar. Complimentary 24 hour Business Center, Complimentary Weekday USA Today® Newspaper , Fitness Center, Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, No Pets Allowed, Air Conditioning , Black-Out Curtains, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Curved Shower Rod, Ergonomic Desk Chair, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Granite Counter Tops/Vanities, LCD 32” HD Flat Panel TV with Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, Thermostat (adjustable), Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave, Mini Refrigerator, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), Self Laundry Available, Two Phones with Speaker and Voice-mail. Amtrak station is across the street.

Railroad View: Excellent View! Any room on the west side of the hotel will provide a perfect view, higher floors are preferred. The hotel is very well sound-proofed, the rooms are very quiet, no railroad sound at all. Since windows do not open, you need to keep an eye out the window for a passing train.

Railroads past Hotel: Canadian National (IC) / Kansas City Southern / Amtrak. Just outside the hotel is the Jackson Amtrak station (across the street), and the area known as the Switch tender. This is the single busiest railroad spot in the state of Mississippi. Expect about 30 trains during a 24-hour period. During my 16-hour visit, I saw 18 trains, and I may have missed some overnight.

Railroad Radio Frequencies: 161.190 / 160.920


Comments: This is the best legal place to watch trains in Jackson since the CN police don’t tolerate railfans in Jackson. Swicthtender was once a well-known railfan "hotspot" during the Illinois Central ownership. For whatever reason, the Canadian National Special Agents have not been friendly to rail buffs in this part of the state.

Photo Comments: Aerial Photo: The tall building in the center of the photo is the Hilton Garden Inn before renovation. This picture looks east, a southbound (Eastbound) Kansas City Southern train waits for a northbound Canadian National freight to pass. Amtrak's "CITY OF NEW ORLEANS" passenger trains pass through Jackson twice a day.

Night Photo: A southbound CN freight lead by a Illinois Central SD70 has taken a stop for a KCS train to cross over. As you can see, there is pleanty of light to watch trains at night from this hotel. Left: CN 2153 leads a northbound train at the same location as the night photo. This is a late afternoon view from room # 825, the best lighting for pictures from the hotel is during the morning hours. The photo looks directly west from the hotel.




Above Left: In this Sept. 2012 view; A southbound CN freight with SD70ACe # 8000 (new but dirty) rolls past the hotel. Above Right: A busy time at Jackson station. A KCS eastbound train waits while a CN southbound freight and a northbound coal train pass. The yellow "Rail-King" and flatcar are present during installation of new signals. As soon as these 3 trains pass, the signal workers will get back to work as installing new signals at the location of the Switch-Tender. Jackson's Amtrak station is the building seen across the street. This hotel is across the street from the train station.

Walking distance to Amtrak's JACKSON, MS Station.