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PAX East Train Alliance (PAXTrain EAST!)

Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
edited April 2010 in PAX Archive
PAX East Train Alliance!
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I stole this thread from the West Coast Train Trip and modified it to suit our needs. More changes/additions will be made as necessary.
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What it is
For those of you just joining us, the PAX East Train Alliance (PAX ETA), or "PAXTrain" for short, is a coordinated effort for PAX-goers to ride the same train at the same time going to Boston for PAX East- both as an alternative to driving or flying, and to enjoy an intimate "mini-convention". Obviously, it is impossible for EVERYBODY to be on the same train, so this is a coordinated effort to get as many people together as possible.

Why the train?
Why not? We don't care if you're new - this ain't no private party, and all people going to PAX are welcome. We invite you to join us!

How to get on the PAXTrain
Check the map and schedule below to find out what train is closes to you and when you should be on it.

Stuff You Need
You'll need to be prepared to survive on PAXTrain. Following is a list of stuff you probably should bring if you want to have a liveable experience on the rails.
  • You are allowed to carry on two bags, and check three (if you board at a station that allows checked baggage). We suggest checking a suitcase for your PAX supplies and packing a seperate carryon bag / backpack. This pack should contain personal effects and clothing, as well as everything else you think you'll need on the train.
  • Earbuds and an eye mask. It is considered PAXTrain courtesy to be quiet in all coach areas, where people may be sleeping - but still, be prepared. If you're upstairs people will be walking through at all hours.
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, a comb, and if you need them, shaving razors and cream. No showers are provided for coach passengers, so if you're on the train for two days bring wipes or a sponge or something to wash the stank off in the bathroom sink the second day. Ignoring basic hygene highlights a disregard for your fellow gamers, who are great people who don't need to know what you smell like after two days without cleaning yourself in a cramped environment.
  • Snacks. There is a snack cart and a dining car, but it's not cheap. You can save some money if you bring some food and water with you.
  • Your meds. Nobody needs to see you off them.
We also recommend the following items:
  • A power strip. We plan on bringing power squids and some power strips, but there are never enough outlets.
  • A handheld system - a Nintendo DS is the preferred item for wireless gaming. A PSP is welcome but has more of a personal role rather than multiplaying with the cool kids.
  • A book for pleasure reading. We advise everyone to take a break from train festivities to "regroup", and read a book or listen to music.
  • Headphones, preferrably a pair of earbuds rather than studio headphones, but to each his own.
  • Cash. Dining with fellow PAXtrain goers is a good way to relax and get to know some people. Expect about one breakfast (from the snack cart), two lunches and two dinners with each trip (either from the snack cart or the dining car), each meal running about 10 dollars. Apart from that, bring spare cash for snacks or bring your own in your travel backpack.
    I notice you want citation for meal prices. Here is a sample dining car menu (varies by train's locale, for example the Lime Line additionally has gumbo and the yellow line has a BBQ brisket sandwich). If you let the train know in advance they will stock kosher or vegan food for you, and if you get a sleeper car meals are included.

    Here is an example menu of the snack bar on the lounge car.

Other things to bring
  • Power strips and extension cords. It is better to have too many than not enough. Power management can become a problem on the train. If you can, grab something from home before you go, or go buy a cheapie power strip for 15-20 bucks.
  • Card games. Bring your Magic deck, your Fluxx deck, your Curses deck, your WoWTCG deck, your Pokemon deck, or shit, even a Sailor Moon TCG deck, I don't care. Bring it. If you have a silly game that's easy to learn bring it, We didn't Playtest This was a big train hit on the west coast.
  • Fans. An electric fan can reduce the temperature of a room by up to 10 degrees.
  • Television sets (optional). Small, lightweight affairs. Don't bring anything you can't afford to replace if it breaks, but don't bring some ancient monolith because you were planning on giving it to Goodwill anyways. If you're BYOC and have a big monitor that can double as a TV, we'd apprectiate you offering it's use for the good of the Party.
  • Consoles to go with the televisions. Further organization of this will come later
  • You win 10,000 internets if you bring snacks to share with everyone during the trip. Whatever it is, we don't care, as long as it isn't hilariously messy or unsafe. Please do not bring home-cooked goods - we have no way of knowning what's in your killer brownies, duuuuuude. (Cookie Brigade excluded of course. People selling cookies for charity are surely trustworthy)

This is all the essentials - if you want to burden yourself with bringing more, that's fine, but it's also window dressing. If you're thinking about bringing more shit and saying "I'll hook it up in my hotel later after PAX closes", you're so wrong - you should either be sleeping or heading to a bar or party, not going back to the hotel to play some video games. You just did that all day.

The Rules
  • Don't be a dick
    Just don't. Play nice, children. And if you don't like someone, don't start shit stirring and backtalk.
  • Don't be an asshole to the Amtrak staff
    Train staffers are generally pretty cool and will let us do what we want with little explanation. Be nice to them, and if they tell you to do something, do it.
  • Don't be a loud prick
    Other people may be sleeping in other cars. Or whatever. We usually sack the arcade car and half of the observation car as our Headquarters and keep it there - that muffles the sound pretty well, it’s been tested, even when shouting. Still, noise discipline. Be quiet in the coach areas and sleeper cars, be polite in the dining cars and don't try to overrun the observation deck during the day if other people are using it.
  • Don't be a freak to kids
    When kids are around, mind your tongue. Pretend Mommy's right behind you. Don't give anyone a reason to complain about PAXTrain.
  • Don't get too hammered. Public intoxication laws apply, even on a train.

The Passengers
  • The Blue Line
    Name: Brian (Coldbrew)
    Location: Everett
    Boarding Stop: EVerett
    Ticket Purchased: Y
  • The Copper Line
    Name: Tiger
    Location: Cottonwood, Ca
    Boarding Stop: Sacramento, Ca
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Dan Borders
    Location: Iowa City, IA
    Boarding Stop: Mount Pleasant, IA
    Ticket Purchased: Y
  • The Green Line
    Name: Nick (Smerk)
    Location: Sydney, Australia
    Boarding Stop: LAX or Victorville
    Ticket Purchased: N
  • The Yellow Line
    Name: Haikufrenzy
    Location: Bryant, AR
    Boarding Stop: Little Rock, AR
    Ticket Purchased: N (Get my tax refund for that)
    ]
  • The Lime Line
    Name:
    Location:
    Boarding Stop:
  • The Lava Line
    Name: Moe Fwacky
    Location: Lakewood, Ohio
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland, Ohio
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Matt (Ekkosangen)
    Location: Sarnia, ON
    Boarding Stop: Chicago, IL
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Colin, Eric, Ken (yes 3 of us)
    Location: Various Michigan
    Boarding Stop: Toledo, OH
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Katie
    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Boarding Stop: Chicago, IL
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Jay (quietjay)
    Location: Indianapolis, IN
    Boarding Stop: Elkhart, IN
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Eric Majkut
    Location: Amherst, OH
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland, OH
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Nick (cornlord)
    Location: Queensbury, NY
    Boarding Stop: Albany, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Yeppers

    Name: Ken (Bob Jackass), Mark (Werezwolf), Dean (not a forum member...yet)
    Location: Chicago
    Boarding Stop: Chicago (Union Station)
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Sam, Nakesha, and Daniel
    Location: Dayton, OH
    Boarding Stop: Toledo, OH
    Ticket Purchased: yes

    Name: Dustin
    Location: Marietta Ohio
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland Ohio
    Ticket Purchased: not yet but soon

    Name: Jeremiah (Bistream) and Denis
    Location: Grand Rapids, MI
    Boarding Stop: Chicago, IL
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Daniel (Moofed) and Autumn
    Location: Bloomington, IN
    Boarding Stop: CHI
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Stephen (sano)
    Location: New York Mills, NY
    Boarding Stop: Utica, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Corey (Locutus)
    Location: Sarnia, ON
    Boarding Stop: Chicago, IL
    Ticket Purchased: Y
  • The Orange Line
    Name: Jason (Spartan Samuel) +1
    Location: Biloxi, Mississippi
    Boarding Stop: Picayune, Mississippi
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Baka, Emu (bakasama)
    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Boarding Stop: Atlanta, GA
    Ticket Purchased: Y
  • The Emerald Line
    Name: Kyle (kaleedity)
    Location: Charleston, SC
    Boarding Stop: Charleston, SC
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Sean (SquadronROE)
    Location: Charleston, SC
    Boarding Stop: Charleston, SC
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Joe (freakish light)
    Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
    Boarding Stop: Florence, SC
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Albert (-Phil-)
    Location: Miami, Fl
    Boarding Stop: Miami, Fl
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Will (Thetheroo)
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    Boarding Stop: Rocky Mount, NC
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Bobby, Mathew, Mark and Rick
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    Boarding Stop: Rocky Mount
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Nicole & Bruce
    Location: Tampa, FL
    Boarding Stop: Orlando, FL
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Ryan
    Location: Ashland,Va.
    Boarding Stop: Ashland,Va.
    Ticket Purchased: N (but soon)

    Name: Peter
    Location: Hollywood, FL
    Boarding Stop: Hollywood, FL
    Ticket Purchased: Nope

    Name: Andy (Bama)
    Location: Washington DC
    Boarding Stop: Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: Yes

    Name: Tim MacNeil
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    Boarding stop: Rocky Mt, NC
    Ticket Purchased: Y
  • The Stone Line
    Name: Ian Irwin (DaNerd)
    Location: Brooklyn
    Boarding Stop: New York City - Penn Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Steve Strasser (psychotix)
    Location: DC
    Boarding Stop: Washington DC, Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: n

    Name: Eli Mergel (sp1te)
    Location: Brooklyn
    Boarding Stop: New York City - Penn Station
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Dan Rosenthal (SWAT Jester) and Kristin Jessup
    Location: Washington, DC
    Boarding Stop: Union Station, Washington D.C.
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Carl (pearsonca) & Juliet
    Location: Washington, DC
    Boarding Stop: Union Station, DC
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Jon
    Location: Washington, DC
    Boarding Stop: Union Station, DC
    Ticket Purchased: N
    Side Note: May bring a guest if she's able to make it.

    Name: Zak
    Location: Long Pond, PA
    Boarding Stop: New York, NY
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Eric Palakovich Carr (BigSassy)
    Location: Rockville, MD
    Boarding Stop: Washington DC, Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Sal G
    Location: Washington DC
    Boarding Stop: See above
    Ticket Purchased: Yes

    Name: Alan (PuddingSenator)
    Location: Gambrills, MD
    Boarding Stop: New Carrollton, MD
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Chris (Sherlok)
    Location: Haskell, NJ
    Boarding Stop: EWR (Newark, NJ)
    Ticket Purchased: Soooooon

    Name: Susana
    Location: Northern New Jersey
    Boarding Stop: New York Penn Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Sam Rosoff (ElSantos)
    Location: Bridgeport, CT
    [Boarding Stop: Bridgeport, CT
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Yana
    Location: Central New Jersey
    Boarding Stop: Metropark
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Will (Lugh Lamfhada)
    Location: Fairfield, Va
    Boarding Stop: Charlottesville, Va
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Molly Sheffer (sharkweek)
    Location: Fairfield, CT
    Boarding Stop: Bridgeport, CT
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Brian Depaul (punk7688)
    Location: NYC
    Boarding Stop: NYC
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Chris (yatesc)
    Location: Fairfax, VA
    Boarding Stop: Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Judy (MightySylven)
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Boarding Stop: Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Jason (Jandru)
    Location: Ashburn, VA
    Boarding Stop: Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Jonah (elfonnzo)
    Location: [Classified]
    Boarding Stop: Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Jeph (phej)
    Location: Alexandria, VA
    Boarding Stop: Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Joe (rincione)
    Location: Fairfax, VA
    Boarding Stop: Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Jeanne (sleepycat)
    Location: Herndon, VA
    Boarding Stop: Union Station
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Chris
    Location: Delaware
    Boarding Stop: Wilmington, DE
    Ticket Purchased: Y


To be added to the list post the following:
What line you will be on:
Name:
Location:
Boarding Stop:
Ticket Purchased: Y/N

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Eastbound Lines (names subject to change)

    The Blue Line
    Train: 8 Empire Builder (SEA to CHI)
    Originating Station: Seattle, WA (SEA)
    Departure Date/Time: March 22, 16:45 PDT
    Travel Time: 45h10m
    Schedule/Stops:
    • Edmonds, WA - March 22, 17:17 PDT
    • Everett, WA - March 22, 17: 44 PDT
    • Wenatchee, WA - March 22, 20:42 PDT
    • Ephrata, WA - March 22, 21:42 PDT
    • Spokane, WA - March 23, 0:32 PDT (Departure at 01:15 PDT)
    • Sandpoint, ID - March 23, 02:32 PDT
    • Libby, MT - March 23, 05:26 MDT
    • Whitefish, MT - March 23, 07:26 MDT
    • West Glacier, MT - March 23, 08:16 MDT
    • Essex, MT - March 23, 08:55 MDT
    • Browning, MT - March 23, 09:54 MDT
    • Cut Bank, MT - March 23, 10:45 MDT
    • Shelby, MT - March 23, 11:43 MDT
    • Havre, MT - March 23, 13:12 MDT (Departure at 13:32 MDT)
    • Malta, MT - March 23, 14:52 MDT
    • Glasgow, MT - March 23, 15:47 MDT
    • Wolf Point, MT - March 23, 16:33 MDT
    • Williston, ND - March 23, 19:09 CDT
    • Stanley, ND - March 23, 20:11 CDT
    • Minot, ND - March 23, 21:22 CDT (Departure at 21:42 CDT)
    • Rugby, ND - March 23, 22:38 CDT
    • Devil's Lake, ND - March 23, 23:32 CDT
    • Grand Forks, ND - March 24, 0:57 CDT
    • Fargo, ND - March 24, 02:13 CDT
    • Detroit Lakes, MN - March 24, 03:10 CDT
    • Staples, MN - March 24, 04:09 CDT
    • St. Cloud, MN - March 24, 05:14 CDT
    • St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - March 24, 07:05 CDT (Departure at 07:50 CDT)
    • Red Wing, MN - March 24, 08:54 CDT
    • Winona, MN - March 24, 10:11 CDT
    • La Crosse, WI - March 24, 10:47 CDT
    • Tomah, WI - March 24, 11:28 CDT
    • Wisconsin Dells, WI - March 24, 12:09 CDT
    • Portage, WI - March 24, 12:27 CDT
    • Columbus, WI - March 24, 12:57 CDT
    • Milwaukee, WI - March 24, 14:07 CDT
    • Glenview, IL - March 24, 15:12 CDT
    Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 24, 15:55 CDT
    Layover Time: 5h5m

    The Copper Line
    Train: 6 California Zephyr
    Originating Station: Emeryville, CA (EMY)
    Departure Date/Time: March 22, 09:50 PDT
    Travel Time: 51h40m
    Schedule/Stops:
    • Martinez, CA - March 22, 09:49 PDT
    • Davis, CA - March 22, 10:31 PDT
    • Sacramento, CA - March 22, 11:09 PDT
    • Roseville, CA - March 22, 11:35 PDT
    • Colfax, CA - March 22, 12:21 PDT
    • Truckee, CA - March 22, 14:38 PDT
    • Reno, NV - March 22, 16:06 PDT
    • Winnemucca, NV - March 22, 19:08 PDT
    • Elko, NV - March 22, 21:44 PDT
    • Salt Lake City, UT - March 23, 04:05 MDT (Departure at 04:30 MDT)
    • Provo, UT - March 23, 05:35 MDT
    • Helper, UT - March 23, 07:37 MDT
    • Green River, UT - March 23, 08:59 MDT
    • Grand Junction, CO - March 23, 11:23 MDT
    • Glenwood Springs, CO - March 23, 13:10 MDT
    • Granby, CO - March 23, 16:12 MDT
    • Fraser/Winter Park, CO - March 23, 16:50 MDT
    • Denver, CO - March 23, 19:38 MDT (Departure at 20:10 MDT)
    • Fort Morgan, CO - March 23, 21:25 MDT
    • McCook, NE - March 24, 12:40 CDT
    • Holdrege, NE - March 24, 01:54 CDT
    • Hastings, NE - March 24, 02:42 CDT
    • Lincoln, NE - March 24, 04:41 CDT (Departure at 04:47 CDT)
    • Omaha, NE - March 24, 05:59 CDT (Departure at 06:14 CDT)
    • Creston, IA - March 24, 08:04 CDT
    • Osceola, IA - March 24, 08:40 CDT
    • Ottumwa, IA - March 24, 10:09 CDT
    • Mount Pleasant, IA - March 24, 10:54 CDT
    • Burlington, IA - March 24, 11:36 CDT
    • Galesburg, IL - March 24, 12:34 CDT
    • Princeton, IL - March 24, 13:25 CDT
    • Naperville, IL - March 24, 14:43 CDT
    Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 24, 15:30 CDT
    Layover Time: 5h30m

    The Green Line
    Train: 4 Southwest Chief
    Originating Station: Los Angeles, CA - Union Station (LAX)
    Departure Date/Time: March 22, 18:45 PDT
    Travel Time: 42h35m
    Schedule/Stops:
    • Fullerton, CA - March 22, 19:20 PDT
    • Riverside, CA - March 22, 20:03 PDT
    • San Bernadino, CA - March 22, 20:29 PDT
    • Victorville, CA - March 22, 21:40 PDT
    • Barstow, CA - March 22, 22:26 PDT
    • Needles, CA - March 23, 0:56 PDT
    • Kingman, AZ - March 23, 02:03 MST
    • Williams Jct, AZ - March 23, 04:20 MST
    • Flagstaff, AZ - March 23, 05:06 MST (Departure at 05:11 MST)
    • Winslow, AZ - March 23, 06:09 MST
    • Gallup, MN - March 23, 08:51 MDT
    • Albuquerque, NM - March 23, 12:12 MDT (Departure at 12:55 MDT)
    • Lamy, NM - March 23, 14:00 MDT
    • Las Vegas, NM - March 23, 15:45 MDT
    • Raton, NM - March 23, 17:32 MDT
    • Trinidad, CO - March 23, 18:31 MDT
    • La Junta, CO - March 23, 20:13 MDT (Departure at 20:23 MDT)
    • Lamar, CO - March 23, 21:15 MDT
    • Garden City, KS - March 23, 23:35 CDT
    • Dodge City, KS - March 24, 0:34 CDT
    • Hutchinson, KS - March 24, 02:21 CDT
    • Newton, KS - March 24, 03:01 CDT
    • Topeka, KS - March 24, 05:20 CDT
    • Lawrence, KS - March 24, 05:49 CDT
    • Kansas City, MO - March 24, 07:26 CDT (Departure at 07:45 CDT)
    • La Plata, MO - March 24, 09:57 CDT
    • Fort Madison, IA - March 24, 11:11 CDT
    • Galesburg, IL - March 24, 12:10 CDT
    • Princeton, IL - March 24, 13:00 CDT
    • Mendota, IL - March 24, 13:21 CDT
    • Naperville, IL - March 24, 14:44 CDT
    Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 24, 15:20 CDT
    Layover Time: 5h40m

    The Yellow Line
    Train: 22 Texas Eagle
    Originating Station: San Antonio, TX (SAS)
    Departure Date/Time: March 23, 07:00 CDT
    Travel Time: 30h52m
    Schedule/Stops:
    • San Marcos, TX - March 22, 08:32 CDT
    • Austin, TX - March 23, 09:32 CDT
    • Taylor, TX - March 23, 10:22 CDT
    • Temple, TX - March 23, 11:25 CDT
    • McGregor, TX - March 23, 11:51 CDT
    • Cleburne, TX - March 23, 13:00 CDT
    • Fort Worth, TX - March 23, 13:58 CDT (Departure at 14:20 CDT)
    • Dallas, TX - March 23, 15:20 CDT (Departure at 15:40 CDT)
    • Mineola, TX - March 23, 17:15 CDT
    • Longview, TX - March 23, 18:15 CDT
    • Marshall, TX - March 23, 19:31 CDT
    • Texarkana, AR/TX - March 23, 20:43 CDT
    • Arkadelphia, AR - March 23, 21:57 CDT
    • Malvern, AR - March 22, 23:21 CDT
    • Little Rock, AR - March 23, 23:34 CDT
    • Walnut Ridge, AR - March 24, 01:36 CDT
    • Poplar Bluff, MO - March 24, 02:39 CDT
    • St. Louis, MO - March 24, 07:19 CDT (Departure at 07:55 CDT)
    • Alton, IL - March 24, 08:43 CDT
    • Carlinville, IL - March 24, 09:15 CDT
    • Springfield, IL - March 24, 09:55 CDT
    • Lincoln, IL - March 24, 10:25 CDT
    • Bloomington/Normal, IL - March 24, 11:08 CDT
    • Pontiac, IL - March 24, 11:39 CDT
    • Joliet, IL - March 24, 12:56 CDT
    Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 24, 13:52 CDT
    Layover Time: 7h08m

    The Lime Line
    Train: 58 City of New Orleans
    Originating Station: New Orleans, LA (NOL)
    Departure Date/Time: March 23, 13:45 CDT
    Travel Time: 19h15m
    Schedule/Stops:
    • Hammond, LA - March 23, 14:45 CDT
    • McComb, MS - March 23, 15:32 CDT
    • Brookhaven, MS - March 23, 15:56 CDT
    • Hazlehurst, MS - March 23, 16:17 CDT
    • Jackson, MS - March 23, 17:44 CDT
    • Yazoo City, MS - March 23, 18:42 CDT
    • Greenwood, MS - March 23, 19:37 CDT
    • Memphis, TN - March 23, 22:00 CDT (Departure at 22:40 CDT)
    • Newburn/Dyersburg, TN - March 24, 0:22 CDT
    • Fulton, KY - March 24, 01:04 CDT
    • Carbondale, IL - March 24, 03:11 CDT (Departure at 03:16 CDT)
    • Centralia, IL - March 24, 04:10 CDT
    • Effingham, IL - March 24, 04:57 CDT
    • Mattoon, IL - March 24, 05:23 CDT
    • Champagne/Urbana, IL - March 24, 06:10 CDT
    • Kankakee, IL - March 24, 07:13 CDT
    • Homewood, IL - March 24, 07:44 CDT
    Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 25, 09:00 CDT
    Layover Time: 12h00m

    The Lava Line
    Train: 448 Lake Shore Limited
    Originating Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
    Departure Date/Time: March 24, 21:00 CDT
    Travel Time: 23h3m
    Schedule/Stops:
    • South Bend, IN - March 24, 23:30 EDT
    • Elkhart, IN - March 24, 23:52 EDT
    • Waterloo, IN - March 25, 0:45 EDT
    • Bryan, OH - March 25, 01:10 EDT
    • Toledo, OH - March 25, 02:20 EDT (Departure at 02:50 EDT)
    • Sandusky, OH - March 25, 03:42 EDT
    • Elyria, OH - March 25, 04:21 EDT
    • Cleveland, OH - March 25, 05:05 EDT (Departure at 05:20 EDT)
    • Erie, PA - March 25, 06:54 EDT
    • Buffalo/Depew, NY - March 25, 08:30 EDT (Departure at 08:40 EDT)
    • Rochester, NY - March 25, 09:50 EDT
    • Syracuse, NY - March 25, 11:25 EDT
    • Utica, NY - March 25, 12:32 EDT
    • Schenectady, NY - March 25, 13:50 EDT
    • Albany/Rensselaer, NY - March 25, 14:40 EDT (Departure at 15:25 EDT)
    • Pittsfield, MA - March 25, 16:29 EDT
    • Springfield, MA - March 25, 17:48 EDT (Departure at 17:53 EDT)
    • Worcester, MA - March 25, 18:57 EDT
    • Framingham, MA - March 25, 19:35 EDT
    Destination Station: Boston, MA - Back Bay (BBY)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 25, 21:03 EDT

    Moe Fwacky on
  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Northbound Lines (names subject to change)

    The Orange Line
    Train: 20 Crescent
    Originating Station: New Orleans, LA (NOL)
    Departure Date/Time: March 24, 07:05 CDT
    Travel Time: 26h5m
    Schedule/Stops:
    • Slidell, LA - March 24, 08:02 CDT
    • Picayune, MS - March 24, 08:27 CDT
    • Hattiesburg, MS - March 24, 09:35 CDT
    • Laurel, MS - March 24, 10:10 CDT
    • Meridian, MS - March 24, 11:07 CDT (Departure at 11:12 CDT)
    • Tuscaloosa, AL - March 24, 12:49 CDT
    • Birmingham, AL - March 24, 14:32 CDT (Departure at 14:41 CDT)
    • Anniston, AL - March 24, 16:16 CDT
    • Atlanta, GA - March 24, 19:52 EDT (Departure at 20:21 EDT)
    • Gainesville, GA - March 24, 21:16 EDT
    • Toccoa, GA - March 24, 21:57 EDT
    • Clemson, SC - March 24, 22:33 EDT
    • Greenville, SC - March 24, 23:10 EDT (Departure at 23:15 EDT)
    • Spartanburg, SC - March 24, 23:56 EDT
    • Gastonia, NC - March 25, 0:56 EDT
    • Charlotte, NC - March 25, 01:38 EDT (Departure at 02:03 EDT)
    • Salisbury, NC - March 25, 02:49 EDT
    • High Point, NC - March 25, 03:30 EDT
    • Greensboro, NC - March 25, 03:51 EDT (Departure at 03:58 EDT)
    • Danville, VA - March 25, 04:57 EDT
    • Lynchburg, VA - March 25, 06:07 EDT
    • Charlottesville, VA - March 25, 07:20 EDT
    • Culpeper, VA - March 25, 08:12 EDT
    • Manassas, VA - March 25, 08:46 EDT
    • Alexandria, VA - March 25, 09:43 EDT
    Layover Station: Washington, DC - Union Station (WAS)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 25, 10:10 EDT
    Layover Time: 1h55m

    The Emerald Line
    Train: 98 Silver Meteor
    Originating Station: Miami, FL (MIA)
    Departure Date/Time: March 24, 08:40 EDT
    Travel Time: 23h6m
    Schedule/Stops:
    • Hollywood, FL - March 24, 09:04 EDT
    • Fort Lauderdale, FL - March 24, 09:20 EDT
    • Deerfield Beach, FL - March 24, 09:38 EDT
    • Delray Beach, FL - March 24, 09:52 EDT
    • West Palm Beach, FL - March 24, 10:17 EDT
    • Sebring, FL - March 24, 11:44 EDT
    • Winter Haven, FL - March 24, 12:30 EDT
    • Kissimee, FL - March 24, 13:16 EDT
    • Orlando, FL - March 24, 13:43 EDT (Departure at 13:57 EDT)
    • Winter Park, FL - March 24, 14:14 EDT
    • DeLand, FL - March 24, 14:56 EDT
    • Palatka, FL - March 24, 15:46 EDT
    • Jacksonville, FL - March 24, 17:10 EDT (Departure at 17:33 EDT)
    • Jesup, GA - March 24, 18:53 EDT
    • Savannah, GA - March 24, 19:57 EDT (Departure at 20:03 EDT)
    • Yemassee, SC - March 24, 20:52 EDT
    • Charleston, SC - March 24, 21:48 EDT
    • Kingstree, SC - March 24, 22:42 EDT
    • Florence, SC - March 24, 23:35 EDT (Departure at 23:45 EDT)
    • Fayetteville, NC - March 25, 01:10 EDT
    • Rocky Mount, NC - March 25, 02:42 EDT
    • Petersburg, VA - March 25, 04:06 EDT
    • Richmond, VA - March 25, 04:59 EDT (Departure at 05:09 EDT)
    • Alexandria, VA - March 25, 07:20 EDT
    Layover Station: Washington, DC - Union Station (WAS)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 25, 07:46 EDT
    Layover Time: 4h19m

    The Stone Line
    Train: 176 Northeast Regional
    Originating Station: Washington, DC - Union Station (WAS)
    Departure Date/Time: March 25, 12:05 EDT
    Travel Time: 7h55m
    • New Caroliton, MD - March 25, 12:16 EDT
    • BWI Thurgood Marsh Air, MD - March 25, 12:32 EDT
    • Baltimore, MD - March 25, 12:47 EDT
    • Wilmington, DE - March 25, 13:34 EDT
    • Philadelphia, PA - March 25, 13:58 EDT
    • Trenton, NJ - March 25, 14:25 EDT
    • Metropark, NJ - March 25, 14:49 EDT
    • Newark, NJ - March 25, 15:04 EDT
    • New York, NY - March 25, 15:22 EDT (Departure at 15:30 EDT)
    • New Rochelle, NY - March 25, 15:57 EDT
    • Stamford, CT - March 25, 16:18 EDT
    • Bridgeport, CT - March 25, 14:42 EDT
    • New Haven, CT - March 25, 17:06 EDT (Departure at 17:30 EDT)
    • Old Saybrook, CT - March 25, 18:02 EDT
    • New London, CT - March 25, 18:22 EDT
    • Westerly, RI - March 25, 18:42 EDT
    • Kingston, RI - March 25, 18:57 EDT
    • Providence, RI - March 25, 19:19 EDT
    • Route 128, MA - March 25, 19:47 EDT
    Schedule/Stops:
    Destination Station: Boston, MA - South Station (BOS)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 25, 20:00 EDT

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  • -Phil--Phil- Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The 98 Silver Meteor departs from Miami at 08:40 am on the 24th. Incase anyone is in the same boat as me and is departing from the Magic City....

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    I'll add that in when I do the northbound schedule.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Schedules are up. If anybody has any suggestions, the time is now.

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  • parabolaparabola Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I've always wanted to ride a train somewhere.

    I may do this.

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  • chupamiubrechupamiubre Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    So how many FL people want to get in on this?

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  • ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The real question is, how many of the WCTT passengers are going to undertake the massive trip from California/Oregon?

    Honestly, I'm torn on whether to train from my place of residence, all the way across the country, or fly to Chicago and catch the Lava Line to Boston. Reno to Boston will be like 80 hours of train. That's a lot of train.

    But I will be doing one or the other. I will be on a train for PAX. I'm not missing this for the world.

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  • DaNerdDaNerd Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I'll probably be jumping on the stone line from NY to Boston. One problem though, I'm trying to check the ticket prices on the Amtrak website so I can make my budget, but the 176 isn't showing up on the list. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Try filtering the search for the time listed for your stop in the schedule above.

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  • DaNerdDaNerd Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    That worked perfectly. I didn't realize Amtrak cut off the list after a certain amount of results and didn't allow multiple pages. Silly Amtrak website.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Okay people, I know it's early and all, but if you're serious about going post your info in the following format to be added to the roster.

    To be added to the list post the following:
    What line you will be on:
    Name:
    Location:
    Boarding Stop:
    Ticket Purchased: Y/N

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  • DaNerdDaNerd Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    What line you will be on: Stone Line
    Name: Ian Irwin
    Location: Brooklyn
    Boarding Stop: New York Penn
    Ticket Purchased: Y

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Can we have a "Mauve Line" for the Downeaster that goes from Maine through NH to Boston? =) I highly encourage all New Englanders to take the Downeaster to get there... from where we are, a round trip ticket on it costs less than a single day of parking at any of the hotels... and even from the furthest point away on the Downeaster, I'm fairy certain that it costs less than two days of parking.

    From there, you arrive at North Station and it's a very short ride on the T to Back Bay which is right next to the convention center!

    I'll be running the MMT this year so I'll be heading into town early, but other New Englanders be sure to take notice and hop on the train!

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  • LigerLiger Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I read 'Lava Line' as 'Love Line'. >_<

    Sorry Moe, I'm flying this time.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Yeah, I'm half tempted to change that to the Red Line or something.

    Also, I don't expect a huge turnout from the far west. I anticipate most of the action to be within a day to day and a half travel each way.

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  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Haven't decided if we'll be taking the train up or driving, I guess it sort of depends where we end up staying

    If we come up Amtrak it will be from New London, CT on the Stone Line probably Thursday sometime, too soon to know exactly when

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  • Raiden333Raiden333 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Oh man, if I see a bunch of people taking the copper line, I just may have to do this.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Usagi wrote: »
    Haven't decided if we'll be taking the train up or driving, I guess it sort of depends where we end up staying

    If we come up Amtrak it will be from New London, CT on the Stone Line probably Thursday sometime, too soon to know exactly when
    Thursday at 6:22PM to be exact, at least if you want to be on the same train as other PAXers.

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  • TherosTheros Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    As i am sure will be typical of the west coasters, I too will be flying. I will be taking the train to Seattle, though. Given that total train time would approach three days the blue line probably won't see many seattle area passengers.

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  • eye-shuheye-shuh Registered User
    edited September 2009
    I am incredibly afraid of flying, so I might have to hop on the train! Gotta figure out funds before I commit though.

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  • TransparentTransparent Registered User
    edited September 2009
    I notice you want citation for meal prices. Here is a sample dining car menu (varies by train's locale, for example the Lime Line additionally has gumbo and the yellow line has a BBQ brisket sandwich). If you let the train know in advance they will stock kosher or vegan food for you, and if you get a sleeper car meals are included.

    Here is an example menu of the snack bar on the lounge car. Keep in mind "specialty chicken sandwich" and "flame broiled burger" are the prepackaged microwave kind you find at quality establishments such as 7-11.

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  • eye-shuheye-shuh Registered User
    edited September 2009
    OK screw it, I'm doing it! Hope more Seattle peeps will join me!

    What line you will be on: Blue
    Name: Isha
    Location: Seattle, WA
    Boarding Stop: Seattle, WA
    Ticket Purchased: N

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  • TransparentTransparent Registered User
    edited September 2009
    The Texas Eagle stops like a mile from my house here in Arizona. 4 days on a train each way seems pretty damn extreme, but if I somehow can swing it, I'd consider doing the trip up. Nothing firm yet though.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Yay Eye-shuh! Woot! That's going to be an awesome train trip, I'm envious! =) Trains are a lot of fun!

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  • ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I would really like to get as many of the WCTT passengers as possible onto one of the trains heading east from California. If we can get it close to normal WCTT numbers, I'd do it. 3 days on a train with 50+ PAXers would be absolutely insanely awesome. Make no mistake.

    Where are all the WCTT people at?

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    That would have the potential to be more epic than PAX itself, quite possibly. Especially if you could commandeer enough of the entertainment and food cars!

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  • Raiden333Raiden333 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Arco wrote: »
    I would really like to get as many of the WCTT passengers as possible onto one of the trains heading east from California. If we can get it close to normal WCTT numbers, I'd do it. 3 days on a train with 50+ PAXers would be absolutely insanely awesome. Make no mistake.

    Where are all the WCTT people at?

    I posted last page. :P

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  • ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Raiden333 wrote: »
    Arco wrote: »
    I would really like to get as many of the WCTT passengers as possible onto one of the trains heading east from California. If we can get it close to normal WCTT numbers, I'd do it. 3 days on a train with 50+ PAXers would be absolutely insanely awesome. Make no mistake.

    Where are all the WCTT people at?

    I posted last page. :P

    You did, and you'd be on my train. This is a good omen.

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  • BuntBunt Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Since the schedule isn’t posted yet and I have stayed up on previous Pax schedules, what is the best time to leave on Sunday? I'm sure there is some kind of closing ceremony is it worth sticking around until the end. Is PAX pretty much dead on sunday?

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Uh, this is the thread for the PAX East Train, you'll want to ask your question in the FAQ sticky.

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  • BuntBunt Registered User
    edited September 2009
    sorry I guess i should have said I'm contemplating doing the train. I just wasnt sure what time to head out Sunday. There didnt seem to be any information on suggested departure from the convention in the OT.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Well, on the west coast, PAX has concluded with the final round of the Omegathon. There has been no indication of an east Omegathon or similar tournament, so it's unknown what they will be concluding PAX with. Personally, I wouldn't schedule any departure for before the end of PAX. I will actually be departing at noon the following day (Monday) on the Lake Shore Limited (Lava Line) back to Cleveland. I don't like to dictate return times on these trips, as different people have different plans post-PAX. Some people have to get home as soon as possible, and others have time to explore the city and surrounding areas.

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  • BuntBunt Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Thanks for the thoughts, Ill talk it over with the missus'. I've been to other conventions and they always tend to be dead on the last day but it sounds like PAX is a different kind of animal.

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  • TorgenTorgen Registered User
    edited September 2009
    Do the connections work in the reverse direction too, or is there an extreme (ie. overnight) layover?

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  • The DeliveratorThe Deliverator Slingin Pies The California BurbclavesRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    What line you will be on: Lava Line and possibly the Blue Line
    Name: Marshall
    Location: Appleton, WI
    Boarding Stop: Milwaukee or Chicago, depending on what I decide.
    Ticket Purchased: N

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  • eelektrikeelektrik Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Well I'll be damned, the Green Line actually stops in Riverside. I may have to look into pricing and saving up money for this if enough people are taking the Green Line to hang out with during the trip to make it worth it(And bearable at all, because that long of a train trip by myself would suck).

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  • TannerTanner Registered User
    edited September 2009
    yeah I am thinking about it I would also be on the green line I would get on in Colorado probably have to make sure I could get the time off work and make sure enough people are going that it would be worth it but if we could get enough people to go I would be down.

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  • brainsmithbrainsmith Registered User
    edited September 2009
    I'm interested. I would be either on orange or emerald, depending where I'm living in March.

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  • freakish lightfreakish light Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    It's not firm yet but it looks like I'm going to be on the Emerald line boarding in Florence, SC.

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