Railfan Motels

Motels & Hotels with a railroad view

CRESSON, PENNSYLVANIA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Cresson, PA -  The Station Inn  

Address:    827 Front Street                                        Phone: 814-886-4757                  Website:  www.stationinnpa.com
Location/ Directions: Cresson is located just off of U.S. Route 22. Exits for Cresson are clearly marked. The Station Inn is across from the railroad tracks at 827 Front Street.

Average Price (Checked Jun 2014): $75.00 single to $300.00 multiple, depending on room location, season and number of guests.  Breakfast is included with room charges.  Payment with personal check or cash only - No credit cards / debit cards accepted.

AAA Rated:    NO      Stars: (n/a)

About Hotel: 2-Story, 8-Rooms, Interior Corridors. Private baths in all rooms, Breakfast included with room price.  The Inn is unlike most B&B's. It is close to a busy railroad. The Inn is not air-conditioned; it has no in-room television, or telephones. No hot tubs or whirlpools. The Inn has no antiques, no early American furnishings; no homemade bread or jam. We have no tea time. No afternoon wine and cheese. The Inn is not "cozy." And, although many guests have enjoyed honeymoon visits and celebrated wedding anniversaries here, The Inn does not qualify as a Romantic Getaway. The Inn may not meet the expectations of some B&B travelers. 

Railroad View:  Excellent.  Trains are across the street.  Either floor in the Inn will give you an excellent view of the railroad.  Trains are loud as they work upgrade; many trains have helpers on them.

Railroads past Hotel:  Norfolk Southern / Amtrak (Pennsylvanian # 42,43 - 2 trains daily) / RJ Corman Railroad.

Notes:  Inn keepers are told to be " two-thumbs up", very knowledgeable about the local rail scene. Half of the rooms DO overlook the railroad, but it’s such a busy rail line (former Conrail mainline) with 60+ trains a day,   I doubt you will spent too much time in your room.  Trains pass across the street.  You can watch them from the porch, or a short walk a couple blocks east will treat you to the "Cresson's Railroad Observation Platform", an outdoor elevated deck built by the town along the railroad tracks just for railfans.  It comes complete with a radio scanner to tap into the chatter.  Cresson is also in the center of one of the best areas in the country to watch trains.  Cassandra and Portage is just to the west, Gallitzin and Altoona are just east.  Numerous "legal" train watching spots are scattered all through the area.  Don't miss the Horseshoe Curve located about 25-minutes away, and the Cassandra Railfan Overlook located about 10-minutes to the west.

Comments:  This is the only lodging in the area with a view of the railroad.

Picture Comments:  A 2010 photo from the Inn's website shows a westbound train led by Conrail power.  The photo is taken from the front porch.  Today, only one Conrail locomotive remains on the Norfolk Southern Railway, its the # 8098, Norfolk Southerns Conrail painted heritage locomotive.  This line is a haven for heritage locomotives, and foergin power such as power such as Union Pacific & BNSF Railway locomotives show up daily on this line.