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“Greatest B&B Ever.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Station Inn
827 Front St., Cresson, PA 16630   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Cresson B&B and Inns
bloomington, Indiana, USA
2 reviews
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“Greatest B&B Ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Do you like trains? Do you like sitting on your front porch to watch trains? Wait, you don't have a front porch overlooking a busy, three-track mountain mainline? Luckily for you, The Station Inn has all that, and more. Cozy, no-frills rooms, great breakfast, lovely staff, and a view of the tracks that you're not going to find anywhere else. If trains are your thing, or even if they're not, the Station Inn is worth checking out!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Centerville, Pa
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

The Station Inn has been drawing rail enthusiasts like a moth to a flame ever since it opened as a bed and breakfast in 1993. What makes the inn a magnet for what has became an international fraternity of train buffs is the fact that it sits 150 feet off Conrail’s triple track, Pittsburgh line, which can see as many as 60 trains go by each 24 hours.
There are a lot of places in the nation where rail fans can indulge in their pursuit of watching trains, but they don’t offer the full range and variety of trains as the Station Inn.
From the front porch, guests can point their cameras in the direction of the tracks in the hope of capturing images of mixed merchandise freights, auto racks, coal drags, ore trains, double stacks and helper engines. Once a day, in both directions, Amtrak’s Pittsburgh to New York line clickety-clacks by, and even more exotic is the annual run of the circus train.
The inn started out in 1866 as the Callan House, a mid-level getaway for vacationing Pittsburghers. Later it became a stopover for traveling salesmen, and in the 1920s, it accommodated crews servicing the rail lines.
Don’t expect luxury at this rail-focused mecca which eschews telephones, TVs and air conditioning in the inn’s seven comfortably furnished, railroad -themed bedrooms, many of which overlook the mainline.
Because the inn is located 2,014-feet above sea level, the temperature cools down comfortably come evening, and, for those addicted to TV as well as trains, a set in the Common Room offers a chance to catch your favorite shows.
As might be expected, the owner stocks a multitude of rail books, magazines and DVDs for his guests to enjoy. He also gives directions to the area’s best train photo vantage points such as the Cassandra Overlook (rated the best by those in the know), the bridge at nearby Lily and Carney Crossing.
Icing on the cake, the inn is only three miles from the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, six miles from the Gallitzen rail tunnels, 10 miles from the Horseshoe Curve and 15 miles from the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I with friends stayed for the weekend at This Bed and Breakfast. The Inn is full of pictures and items from by gone train eras which delighted my husband as well as the other train enthusiast that were staying there. The front porch is huge, covered and well equipped with a variety of seating, from padded rocking chairs, to swivel office chairs to wicker and wicker swings. Well thought out is how best to describe the Inn. The porch had a deep shelf where reference material as well as drinks and computers could be handily placed. There was also a basket of blamkets if you got chilly for night train watching Each room has its own bathroom that while not luxurious was certainly usable. The fluffy towels, soaps and personal k-cup with all varieties of teas and coffees was very much welcomed and that of the 4 star level. Most of the rooms have single beds, a few have queen size but regardless they all have varying views of the train tracks which I found great. I stayed in the back area of the Western Maryland room and when I was in bed it looked like the train traveling east was headed right at me!!! The first floor of the Inn has tons of videos, large TV, books, pictures and a big table for the wonderful and hardy breakfasts. The table is also kept nicely filled with cookies, candies, pretzels and water and soft drinks are always available. When we left we were given hugs from Sandy along with mugs and magnets. The location is also a terrific jumping off point for visits to the variety of other train and canal points of interest like Horseshoe Curve, the portage railway and Gallitizin tunnel.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

A comfortable, clean and friendly establishment which caters for railfans. The main line is across the road from the porch of the Inn and we had a view of the line from our room. My wife who is not a railfan really enjoyed the experience meeting with the wives of other railfans who were staying. The breakfast is wholesome and varied and we never left the table hungary. The rooms are not air conditioned but have ceiling fans which cool the rooms well. Tom the owner was able to provide directions to the best photographic locations.. The trains will wake you at night, but that is part of the experience.There are a number of good eating establishments in the town. A great three day stay and I hope that I am able to visit again in the future and I am 3000 miles away in England!! A fantastic place for a railfan stay.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 253 cities Reviews in 253 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

Stayed here last week for one night. Had an enjoyable stay. Very casual. Tom (owner) very welcoming and knowledgeable. Gave us each a souvenir key chain and also gave us a fridge magnet. Were assigned to different room than our reservation guarantee, but that was probably because we stayed 1 night and the others were in for a few nights. He wanted to give them the trackside room. Was disappointed by that because from our bedroom we couldn't see the tracks. Single beds in room (we felt like Mike and Carol Brady). Plenty of space on the porch for watching trains. Plenty of power outlets for your scanner/computer too. Vito's pizza down the street gives guests a 10% discount. Breakfast was good. Was a choice of eggs (over easy even though requested over-hard) and English muffin or sausage gravy over toast with fried egg on top. Plenty of fruit, cinnamon rolls, juice, coffee, etc. Would return and hope the weather was better. More train traffic towards end of week. Bring your own hairdryer and shampoo as none are provided (soap is). Soft drinks available (complimentary) in the fridge downstairs. Also, there's a fridge on the upstairs landing if you wish to store any medicine or snacks/beverages for your use during your stay. There's also a coffee pot in the room, a nice touch, so you can make a cup of Joe and watch the trains.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012 via mobile

I was hooked the first time I stayed there, it is a great place for rail fans.

Stayed February 2012
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Leola, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

My second time there,wifes first,took me there for my birthday weekend,friendly atmosphere,excellant breakfasts,rooms clean,whole place clean and tidy,friendly owner who interacts with his customers and staff very friendly,and you can watch the train action from front porch and front sitting room.A train lovers paradise

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 827 Front St., Cresson, PA 16630
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Cresson
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cresson

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