Sunday, July 10, 2011

Railfan Hotels

View from the Hyatt Regency in downtown
Dallas, Texas.















My recent stay in Hammond, Indiana, near to some great train-watching sites, made me wonder about other great places to stay and watch trains--hotels and motels, that is.

The best place I ever stayed when it comes to trains is the Swiss Chalet Motel in Revelstoke, B.C., alongside the CPR mainline. All through the night we could hear the rumble of passing trains, just across the road. I loved it; my family, not so much.

That memory made me think about other great places for railfans to stay. A Google search brought up lots of places, but the most comprehensive listings can be found at Railfanmotels.com, Chris Hash's Trackside Hotels & Railfan Lodging, Motels for Trainwatchers, and Railhotels.com. Together they contain links to hundreds of places to stay with trackside views.

With vacation-time upon us, these websites will come in handy for those looking for a unique place to stay. After all, as Railfan Motels puts it: "Why should railfanning stop when it's time to head for the motel?"

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