Get some sleep in a caboose
Lancaster isn’t the only place you can sleep in a train car. There’s also the Caboose Motel at the Titusville and Oil Creek Railroad in Northwest Pennsylvania, converted Pullman cars in Chattanooga, Tenn., and a clutch of caboose motels in the Pacific Northwest.
The website railfanmotels.com offers lodging tips for train buffs. The following train motels are all currently operational.
Caboose Motel, 407 South Perry St., Titusville, Pa. Opened in 2005 and now featuring Wi-Fi, this 21-caboose motel is operated independently of the nearby Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad. Details at www.octrr.org/index.htm or 1-800-827-0690.
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, 1400 Market St., Chattanooga, Tenn. A former railroad station converted into a hotel with restaurants. Guest rooms include standard rooms, hotel suites and 48 Victorian train car rooms. It’s located about 20 minutes from the Tennessee Valley Railroad. Details at www.choochoo.com or 1-800-872-2529.
Railroad Park Resort, 100 Railroad Park Road, Dunsmuir, Calif. Choose among 22 cabooses and one box car for your accommodations. Details at www.rrpark.com or 1-530-235-4440.
The Hobo Inn, 54106 Mountain Highway East, Elbe, Wash. A restaurant, lounge and six-caboose motel that’s near the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad. Details and reservations at http://rrdiner.com/index.html or 1-888-773- 4637.
Iron Horse Inn B&B, 526 Marie Ave., South Cle Elum, Wash. This is an inn originally built in 1909 for railroaders and visitors can stay in one of the house rooms or in one of four cabooses on the property. Details at www.ironhorseinnbb.com or 1-509-674-5939.
Red Caboose Getaway, 24 Old Coyote Way, Sequim, Wash. This six-caboose B&B offers breakfast in a restored 1937 stainless steel private dining car. Children under the age of 12 are not welcome. Details at www.redcaboosegetaway.com or 1-360-683-7350.