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PAX East Train Alliance (PAXTrain EAST!)

Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, 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.
Spoiler:

Other things to bring
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The Rules
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The Passengers
  • The Blue Line
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  • The Copper Line
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  • The Green Line
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  • The Yellow Line
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  • The Lime Line
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  • The Lava Line
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  • The Orange Line
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  • The Emerald Line
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  • The Stone Line
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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 Super Moderator, 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:
    Spoiler:
    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:
    Spoiler:
    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:
    Spoiler:
    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:
    Spoiler:
    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:
    Spoiler:
    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:
    Spoiler:
    Destination Station: Boston, MA - Back Bay (BBY)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 25, 21:03 EDT

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, 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:
    Spoiler:
    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:
    Spoiler:
    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
    Spoiler:
    Schedule/Stops:
    Destination Station: Boston, MA - South Station (BOS)
    Arrival Date/Time: March 25, 20:00 EDT

  • -Phil--Phil- Registered User
    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 Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    I'll add that in when I do the northbound schedule.

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

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

    I may do this.

  • 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 Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited September 2009
    Try filtering the search for the time listed for your stop in the schedule above.

  • 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 Super Moderator, 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

  • 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 Super Moderator, 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.

  • UsagiUsagi Feminazgul ~*special snowflake*~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 Super Moderator, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, 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.

  • 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.

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, 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.

  • 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.

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

  • The DeliveratorThe Deliverator Registered 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.

  • 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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