ilta wrote: »
The Sonic Line is the train that runs up the East Coast to Boston, hitting DC, NYC, and (I think) Hartford before pulling into Boston's South Station. It costs whatever an Amtrak ticket costs, there isn't an extra fee or discount code or anything. It's just a way for PAXers to plan which train to get on so we can all hang out and play games on the ride. I haven't done it myself before, but I'm looking forward to it this year.
Traditionally, the Sonic Line has been the 176, which leaves DC at noon and thus allows other trains coming from inland a chance to connect up. The problem is that it doesn't pull into Boston until after 8pm, and many PAXers from the East Coast are interested in some of the unofficial Thursday evening activities such as the board game night at the Westin, or the dinner, or the Poke-crawl, or just want to get a good night's sleep before the early morning rush on Friday. So this year a lot of us are opting for the 86 train instead, which leaves NYC around 12:30 and arrives more like 4:30. And I think a few are planning on taking the 174, which gets in at 6:45.
It's likely that next year this earlier train (either the 86 or the 174) will be renamed and get its own thread. I think "Knuckles" was suggested, which makes sense -- it's like Sonic's little buddy!
Coming back doesn't really have a system because everyone is checking out at different times from Sunday afternoon all the way to Monday night, and everyone is probably going to be exhausted anyway. Personally, I'll be taking the 173, which leaves around 11:30 on Monday. I'm sure whatever train you take back you'll find at least one other PAXer to hang out with / ignore as you sleep your way back to Penn Station.
Gokulio wrote: »
I'll be taking the 190 Northeast Regional and arriving at 11:00 am, however when does PAX EAST end on Sunday? Maybe I'll be able to join one of you on the way home.
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sassfactor4 wrote: »
@thunderbolt7 I'll be on the 174 Thursday from NY Penn station with my SO, I'll also wear a pax scarf. What car should we all head for? Rear most?
GONG-00 wrote: »
Rear most car the customary place to congregate for this?