Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Concord, NC - Americas Best Value Inn 

Address:   2451 Kannapolis Hwy.                   Phone:  704-788-8550

Location/ Directions:  

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $56.00                                  AAA Rated:   YES       Stars: *1*

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 32-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Wi-Fi Available, Air Conditioning, Non-Smoking Rooms, Pets Welcome, Outdoor Pool, Cable TV, Truck and Bus Parking, Outdoor Pool, Pets Welcome, mini-fridge, cable TV with HBO, alarm clock, in-room safe, iron, ironing board, free local calls, and wake-up service. A coffeemaker, iron, and ironing board are available upon request. Free continental breakfast is included.

Railroad View:  Fair View.  You need an odd number room to view trains.  Rooms do not face tracks directly.  The view from the rooms itself is poor.  Its best to step outside and view the trains from the exterior corridors.  The parking lot area has the best view.  Ask for a room on the railroad end of the building, either floor should be fine since the tracks are elevated.  Windows do not open, trains are very loud as they pass the motel (they do not blow horns).  Trains move very fast past the motel, a distant horn to the north may alert you to southbound trains.      

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern / Amtrak (former Southern Railway mainline).       

Railroad Radio Frequencies:  160.950

Notes:  Trains on this line call signals over the radio.  Adams is just south of the motel.  Glass is just north of the motel.  There is a hot-box detector at milepost 355.3 .  Restaurants are a short drive away.  There is a gas station / mini-mart located across the street from the motel, convenient to walk to.    

Comments:    During my visit in May 2014, I found the motel to be in good shape, both exterior & interior were well kept.  the room was nice, and kept up to today's standards.  The couch was kind of dated, but clean.  The owner gave me a room that he thought was best to view trains from (Room 209), it was a good choice.  My room was in the middle of the building, any odd numbered room from the middle to the railroad end of the building should give you a decent view. 

Photo Comments: 

Aerial photo:  The Americas Best Value Inn with the green roof.  The double track railroad is seen passing the property to the east side.  Despite how it looks, the rooms on the south side (street side) doesn't have a view.  North side rooms are the odd room numbers, they are needed for a railroad view. 

Middle photo:  A photo taken from the parking lot shows the only open area where photography is possible.  No rooms face the tracks directly.  Rooms on the north side of the building will offer the best railroad view.







Bottom Photo:  A southbound Norfolk Southern local freight passes the motel.  The train passed at 8:40pm, this photo was captured from a video.  My short stay here didn't give me much time to photograph passing trains in daylight.  All the rest that past in daylight (including Amtrak # 79) caught me off guard without a camera.   This photo was taken from the second floor, railroad end of the building.  This is the best place in the motel to watch trains.




RailfanMotels: Visited 5/28/2014.

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Concord, NC - Howard Johnson Inn Concord/Kannapolis 

Address:   1601 Concord Parkway                Phone: 704-786-5181

Location/ Directions:  I-85 To Exit 58. Take First Ramp Towards Concord. Hotel On The Right.

Average Price (Checked Apr 2011):   $54.00                                 AAA Rated:   N/A       Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Stories, 31-Rooms, Exterior Corridors, Free Continental Breakfast, Free High Speed Wireless Internet, Outdoor Pool - Seasonal, Pets Allowed (Fee), 24 Hour Front Desk, Wake-up Service, Ice & Vending, Free Parking, Bus/Truck/RV Parking, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Free Local Telephone Calls, Rollaways Available (Fee), Cribs Available, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron & Ironing Board, Expanded Cable With 24 Hr News/Sports/Weather, Alarm Clock, Microwave, Refrigerator, Work Desk, Connecting Rooms.   

Railroad View:  Good View from second floor rooms on the rear.  Tree's and a few houses block some of the view.  Ask for a room on the 2nd floor on the rear of the motel (Ridge Avenue side of the building), that will give you a railroad view.  South end of the building is best.  First floor rooms will not have a view because the motel property is slightly lower than street level.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern / Amtrak (former Southern Railway mainline).



Photo Comment:  The Google Street view represents what you can see from the motels second floor rooms.  Its not a clear view, but you can watch passing trains with little effort.