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Doug Obert and Tom Davis offer a rail enthusiasts’ guide to the NS Altoona scene. View the Youtube to find the area’s best spots for watching trains. 1080HD…57 mins.

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CALL 814-886-4757 to book directly. Or inquire online. Online inquiries sometimes fail!  If you do not receive a reply to your eMail,  call 814-886-4757.

The Station Inn’s rooms are spotless, doily-free, and bright. Your family-style breakfast is complementary.

The Station Inn is not associated with any booking service, travel agency, or chain. It is Independent, Small, Authentic, Friendly, Real, Organic, Green, and Unique. The Station Inn does not accept reservations from, Hotelogix, Arohotel, Airbnb, Egencia, Expedia, Travelogia, Travelocity, TripAdvisor, VRBO, Homeaway, BnBStar, BnBFinder, B&B.Com,, Booking.Com, bookingbuddy, BookingSuite, BookIt, BookitNOW, Buuteeq, Roomkey, Flipkey, ResKey, rezStream, ReservationNexus, venere, eLong, trivago, iLoveInns, SuperInn, Priceline, hotwire,, Webervations, Orbitz, Kayak,,, …….  &c., &c, &c.  …..  etc. … and so forth.  You understand.  You’re in charge when you book directly: 814-886-4757 or  

Surf our site. Use the practical information here. Take notes. Avoid wrong turns and blind alleys. Learn from Doug’s videos. Be able to quickly locate the best railfan spots between Altoona and Johnstown!

What’s happening on the railroad? View live mainline action right now on Mike Kisser’s RailStream Camera.  Listen to NS, CSX and Corman radio transmissions on Mike Saverino’s RailroadRadio feed; hear the Pbg Dispatcher’s info now! Doug Obert’s West Slope Youtubes will guide you to the area’s best spots.  Doug’s Around Our Mountain Youtube, shows out-of-the-way, safe public places to railfan. Plan a visit. Stay with us. The Station Inn IS Railfans.

You will enjoy our smoke-free environment.

The Station Inn is unable to accommodate children under the age of eight.

See our RESERVATION POLICY for details about children, pets and tobacco.



Rail Rag Exchange

Frequent guests know that The Station Inn is home to the East’s largest Rail Rag exchange. We give away thousands of railfan magazine back issues every year. Bring some back issues when you visit. Leave with a few oldies. You might find a few gems that your mom threw out while you were in the […]

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16N Derailment - Dec 27

16N Derailment – Dec 27

On Dec. 27, NS train 16N eastbound derailed approximately 22 cars while proceeding through MO interlocking in Cresson, PA. All of the cars remained upright, and the ensuing derailment cleanup took place quickly over the next two days (and was visible via The Station Inn’s webcam). Carson Bolish shot the original video, which was edited […]

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Website Progress over the Years

The Station Inn’s website has been somewhat of an evolution over the last fourteen years. Thanks to the “Wayback Machine” over at, we would like to show you some of the changes over that time. The site was first designed in late 2000 by Lou Capwell and Alex Lang, we hand coded HTML and […]

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