YourToyTrains- Model Trains-Traveling old US Highway 66 across America is a great way to see the country. The fact the BNSF Railway Transcon is often in view of US 66 is another draw for us railfans traveling the Mother Road. When in Gallup, NM, we recommend the Hotel El Rancho.which is right on Old US Highway 66 and very close to the very busy main rail line. The motel has been around a long time- Hollywood stars of the 1930s-1940s would stay here while doing their "shoots" in New Mexico's glorious scenery. While the stars may have gone, the scenery is a great as ever!