Railfan Owned and Operated
The Station Inn first opened in 1993, the brainchild of New Jersey railfan Tom Davis, who’d retired from a career of school district administration with various school districts in northern New Jersey. Tom had the idea to establish a B&B for railfans in a popular rail hot-spot (such as the Altoona area); during his travels he’d ask himself “Where do they sleep?” After a yearlong search for locations across PA and NJ, The Station Inn was born when Tom purchased the apartment building and began converting it to a B&B. Tom renovated and expanded the facilities, including the 1905 cherry bar with tin ceiling, briefly operating the basement bar & restaurant as The Yard Office Saloon in the early 2000’s.
New owner Alex Lang first visited The Station Inn in October 1994 as a wide-eyed high school senior, and returned many times since. Alex later helped Tom with IT and website duties for many years, coming to know Tom and the Inn closely. Alex introduced Leah to The Inn in 2009, and she fell in love with it immediately, reminded of an old Inn that was previously run by her grandparents. The Langs and Tom became friends, with Tom visiting the Langs for Christmases and Thanksgivings, and the Langs celebrating their wedding reception at the Inn in 2010. Over the years, many meals and drinks were shared. Tom suffered a stroke in about 2015 and his health declined, and to a degree the Inn declined with him. Sadly, Tom passed in October of 2021, leaving behind a legacy of friendship, hospitality, and a deep love of the railroad industry. Alex & Leah, passionate to see the Station Inn continue as Tom intended, purchased The Station Inn Bed & Breakfast in May, 2022. Alex & Leah have begun some renovations and modernization, while preserving the original mission to bring rail enthusiasts together. Leah’s aunt Pat Barry is the live-in Innkeeper, welcoming guests and making all feel welcome, and supported by key staff like Michele Sheehan and Chris Beck. We hope you’ll come by, relax, and watch some trains!