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The 9th annual West Coast Train Trip! Official Thread!!

TimeCruiserMikeTimeCruiserMike Past Organizer of the West Coast Train TripSan Fernando ValleyRegistered User regular
Welcome to The 9th annual
West Coast Train Trip thread!
Follow us on twitter @PAXTrain

What it is

The Successor to the West Coast Super Trip (the nerdy caravan that started it all) The West Coast Train Trip, or "PAXTrain" for short, is a coordinated effort for PAX-goers to ride the same train at the same time going up the western coast of the United States - both as an alternative to driving or flying, and to enjoy an intimate "mini-convention".

Why the train?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaAN6Rng0o0

How to get on the PAXTrain
We are riding Train #14 - Coast Starlight departing Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 from Los Angeles California and arriving at the Seattle King Street Station(SEA) on August 27th at 8:37 pm. If you are in Chico, CA or any stop further north you’ll be boarding on August 27th, 2015. We'll be returning on Train #11 - Coast Starlight departing Tuesday, September 1st at 9:53 am. Everyone from Eugene and all points north should be sure to select the Coast Starlight and not the Cascades when buying your tickets.

The following is a courtesy list of standard coach prices for a round trip, but they won’t stay like that. You should buy now because the prices go up as we near our departure date.

DEPARTS AUG 26th
  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX) - $260 Departs 10:10 am, Returns 9:00 pm Sep. 2nd
  • Van Nuys, CA (VNC) - $230 Departs 10:40 am, Returns 8:22pm Sep. 2nd
  • Simi Valley, CA (SIM) - $228 Departs 11:11 am, Returns 7:48 pm Sep. 2nd No ticket office (has a credit card kiosk), No checked baggage
  • Oxnard, CA (OXN) - $257 Departs 11:44 am, Returns 7:05 pm Sep. 2nd
  • Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) - $255 Departs 12:40 pm, Returns 5:55 pm Sep. 2nd
  • San Luis Obispo, CA (SLO) - $222 Departs 3:35 pm, Returns 3:07 pm Sep. 2nd
  • Paso Robles, CA (PRB) - $222 Departs 4:37 pm, Returns 1:38 pm Sep. 2nd No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Salinas, CA (SNS) - $222 Departs 6:28 pm, Returns 11:48 am Sep. 2nd
  • San Jose, CA (SJC) - $210 Departs 8:23 pm, Returns 9:55 am Sep. 2nd
  • Oakland - Jack London Square, CA (OKJ) - $208 Departs 9:39 pm, Returns 8:35 am Sep. 2nd
  • Emeryville, CA (EMY) - $235 Departs 10:04 pm, Returns 8:10 am Sep. 2nd
  • Martinez, CA (MTZ) - $226 Departs 10:46 pm, Returns 7:34 am Sep. 2nd
  • Davis, CA (DAV) - $194 Departs 11:25 pm, Returns 6:50 am Sep. 2nd
  • Sacramento, CA (SAC) - $215 Departs 11:59 pm, Returns 6:15 am Sep. 2nd
STATIONS BELOW DEPART AUG 27th
  • Chico, CA (CIC) - $176 Departs 1:47 am, Returns 3:50 am Sep. 2nd No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Redding, CA (RDD) - $180 Departs 3:06 am, Returns 2:21 am Sep. 2nd No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Dunsmuir, CA (DUN) - $148 Departs 4:56 am, Returns 12:35 am Sep. 2nd No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Klamath Falls, OR (KFS) - $142 Departs 8:17 am, Returns 9:50 pm Sep. 1st
  • Chemult, OR (CMO) - $130 Departs 9:32 am, Returns 8:08 pm Sep. 1st No ticket office, No checked baggage
  • Eugene, OR (EUG) - $130 Departs 12:36 pm, Returns 5:03 pm Sep. 1st
  • Albany, OR (ALY) - $104 Departs 1:22 pm, Returns 4:10 pm Sep. 1st
  • Salem, OR (SLM) - $106 Departs 1:55 pm, Returns 3:37 pm Sep. 1st
  • Portland, OR (PDX) - $80 Departs 4:15 pm, Returns 1:50 pm Sep. 1st
  • Vancouver, WA (VAN) - $68 Departs 4:28 pm, Returns 12:58 pm Sep. 1st
  • Kelso, WA (KEL) - $58 Departs 5:06 pm, Returns 12:19 pm Sep. 1st No ticket office (has a credit card kiosk), No checked baggage
  • Centralia, WA (CTL) - $48 Departs 5:49 pm, Returns 11:35 am Sep. 1st No checked baggage for trip up, you can check bags for return trip.
  • Olympia-Lacey, WA (OLW) - $36 Departs 6:14 pm, Returns 11:11 am Sep. 1st No ticket office (has a credit card kiosk), No checked baggage
  • Tacoma, WA (TAC) - $34 Departs 7:03 pm, Returns 10:21 am Sep. 1st


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 livable 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). (Note: from what I understand, laptop bags and backpacks don’t count as carry-ons.) We suggest checking a suitcase for your PAX supplies and packing a separate carry- on bag / backpack. This pack should contain personal effects and clothing, as well as everything else you think you'll need on the train.
  • Earplugs 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 hygiene 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 handheld system - a 3DS is the preferred item for wireless gaming but no one is going to judge you for bringing something less mainstream, like the PSP Vita. On second thought, I can’t really guarantee that. : /
  • 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, preferably a pair of ear buds rather than studio headphones, but to each his own. It is considered rude to subject others to the noise of your personal entertainment device
  • 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 10-20 dollars. The food in the private dining car isn't bad. Apart from that, bring spare cash for snacks or bring your own in your travel backpack.

PAXtrain Gear
People's willingness to bring their expensive toys to share is part of what makes PAXtrain such an awesome experience. Please understand that if you are joining up any later than San Jose, it may not be "worth it" for the train trip. We need supplies on the front as early as possible. If you are not sure what to bring here are some things we need.
  • Power strips and extension cords. Power management becomes a problem on the train though things are a lot better now since most of the trains have outlets galore now. If you can, grab something from home before you go, or go buy a cheap power strip for 15-20 bucks. This seems small and unimportant, but it's the foundation of all of our operations!
  • Card games. What’s your poison? Magic, Fluxx, Curses, WoWTCG, Pokemon, Cards Against Humanity etc. Doesn’t matter. Shit, bring the Sailor Moon TCG, I don't care. Bring it. If you have a silly game that's easy to learn, bring it. “We didn't Play test This” was a big train hit in the past.
  • Fans. If you have room to spare, fans are an invaluable asset. There may be times when the train’s AC just isn’t cutting it, be it because it broke down, or the result of the high density of sweaty nerd bodies and medium to high powered laptops generating so much warmth. We will probably need at least two fans. An electric fan can reduce the temperature of a room by up to 10 degrees; the arcade cars will likely need them.
  • 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 appreciate you offering its use for the good of the Party. The arcade car has a (small) television if we need it. Extra TVs and monitors are optional, not a necessity.
  • A Rock Band Setup. What would the train be without rockband? I’m guessing mostly the same. Just without rock band. If you are boarding early and can manage to bring all or part of a rock band setup it would be greatly appreciated. It may be easier to have multiple people coordinate bringing all the necessary equipment
  • A WiiU with Super Smash bros a gamecube usb adaptor, 4 gamecube controllers and whatever other WiiU controllers you can manage. Again, coordination is a good idea. Other games are welcome, but people tend to just play Smash.
  • 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 knowing what's in your killer brownies, duuuuuude. (Cookie Brigade excluded of course. People selling cookies for charity are surely trustworthy)
  • Tape! We like to try and keep our power cables away from where other passengers can trip on them; which tends to mean taping them to the ceiling. (This is of course assuming we don’t get an observation car with outlets at every table.)

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
We have some rules on PAXTrain. They're simple. Don't sweat it. But if you break them we will be miffed and we'll find appropriate punishment for you.(you can’t see it, but I have an evil grin on my face.) These rules mainly apply in Headquarters (the Arcade car or obs deck) as that's where most of the magic happens.
  • Remember Wheaton’s Law: “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 crowd the aisle. There is but one aisle that the Amtrak staff and other passengers need to be able to use to get to other parts of the train. If you are blocking the aisle the train staff may request that you go back to your seat.
  • 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, you probably want to 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 thoroughly). 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.
WE HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THIS SO FAR AND WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IT THIS WAY. I'M NOT POINTING FINGERS, THERE'S NOBODY TO POINT THEM AT! Let's just keep it that way.
We've never had any real problems, but vigilance and diligence will insure it remains that way. These rules are also loose guidelines more than anything, so don't flaunt them or play the legalist. If you play the rules lawyer, we'll treat you like a rules lawyer. Anyone in gross violation of the rules or common decency won't be welcome at group festivities - you're now persona non grata and everyone hates your guts, and you're banned from PAXTrain events.

Again, we've never actually had to do that! Everyone's been cool and has watched each other's back, kept everyone else in check and been real champions, doing their duty to assist their fellow gamers when they are falling out of line. We work better as a loosely organized motley band than as a full regiment. We've done terrific! Just keep diligent - we have a legacy to consider, and we want to keep good relations with Amtrak.

Booze
Amtrak has a policy against outside alcohol on the train. They probably just want to sell more of the overpriced stuff in the snack bar. We won't tell you what to bring or not bring, but know that the risks / consequences of bringing alcohol are your own, as we aren't condoning private stashes. Openly drinking your own stuff in public areas is discouraged. If you choose to do so please do it discretely. If keeping it out of sight is a problem for you I would suggest that you check out these links

These sites offer a variety of inconspicuous covers for your beer cans
http://thebeermall.com/beercancovers.html
http://www.ezcom.com/hideabeer.htm

or if you would rather make a cover yourself
http://www.instructables.com/id/Sneaky-Drink-a-Beer-Anywhere/?ALLSTEPS

or . . . you could bring the brand of beer they sell on the train.

As for the other variety of beverage (aka hard stuff), just premix your drink of choice into a inconspicuous container before you board and you're set. We’re still not condoning it though. Think of it as teaching 6th graders about condoms. You don’t want them to need them, but if they’re going to do it, at least they know how to protect themselves.

We got some rookie drinkers on PAXTrain '07 (the only year Amtrak allowed outside booze). If you're new to drinking, we have some info for you right here to help you get in the swing of things - most vets already have some sort of system on how they handle the booze. Here are the four levels of inebriation as we will ID them:
  • Not Drunk - You've had one, maybe two. You're not feeling it. Drink a little more, if you want, or not. Maybe you're just not a beer (or liquor) guy. You don't need to be drunk to enjoy PAXTrain. Most people weren't drunk at all in previous years. It's overblown how drunk we were. (Or I am cleaning our images up and rewriting history.)
  • Buzzed - You've had a few and you're feeling pretty good. Bit of a head rush. Congrats - you're buzzed! Now slow down and enjoy it. Drink a bit after an hour to keep the buzz going. Don't feel like you need to drink a lot to look like a big man.
  • Drunk - Congrats, you're drunk. Now sit your ass down. Being drunk is not a good thing. Lay off the booze and get some chips. A pro alcoholic can "maintain", cutting through his drunkenness and working with his lack of motor skills to help him calm down and get it out. Be careful - we'll try to help keep you quiet and unseen, but if the train guys spot you drunk, they can call the cops at the next stop and have you hauled off to the drunk tank. That means no Paxy Pax for you.
  • Wasted - What the fuck is wrong with you? If you're clearly wasted we're throwing you out of PAXTrain events and the word will spread you're persona non grata. Go to the bathroom quietly and puke before the train personnel eject you from the train - and into the arms of the police, who will arrest you for being drunk in public.
Anyone who is really wasted will be asked to leave the festivities - sit in your coach seat for a while and maintain. You wanna drink on the PAXTrain? Fine. Just don't be a little newb about it.

Also remember:
  • "You just want to be with that ugly bitch WHO ISN'T PRETTIER THAN ME!!!" (New Years party reference, this chick was a horrible drunk) If you've battled with depression before, you might wind up being an overly emotional drunk. So unless you're certain you can maintain, or if you feel weird about it, then don't get drunk so you don't embarrass yourself.
  • Don't feel pressured to drink more to seem hardcore. A pro alcoholic will tell you that a low alcohol tolerance is actually very good thing, and look back to the time when a few beers would buzz them as their salad days.
  • Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer? You're in the clear. Be sure that you remember this rhyme, or else you'll wind up doing time - puking up your guts all over the stall, in the bathroom straight down the hall.
  • Since we won't have a PAXtrain alcohol stash we can't exactly cut you off. Just remember if you're out of hand you'll be asked to go somewhere else until you can maintain.

The Hot Spots - I'm Going off the Rails on this Crazy PAXTrain
The majority of all PAXTrain activities happen in two locations: The coach car with the arcade room (which will likely be the home of Rock Band), and the Observation Deck (which will be designated as the Obs Deck or simply as Obs). These areas are beehives of activity and the "home" of most of our console systems. We'll have to play it by ear, balancing the use of the arcade cars and observation car between PAX goers and the rest of the passengers can take a little doing sometimes.
  • The Arcade Car(s): These are private rooms, allowing us to speak freely with no cause for the concerns of other passengers and are fairly soundproof, allowing us to get a little loud (not too loud). Here you can find our primary console setups. It is on the first story of a coach car, with no other passengers to heed, and has a luggage rack for storing our critical gear, a water dispenser for more drinkable cold water, and doors to exit in case of a smoke break. When the door opens to the arcade car, get quiet for a second until it closes; otherwise, speak away. Amtrak closes the arcade cars at 11pm, though sometimes we can convince them to let us spend the night there.
  • The Obs Deck: Obs is a public area for all passengers. We have to be conscious of the other passengers during the day, but we pretty much have it to ourselves at night. Obs has a large, spacious observation deck on the top floor with a number of private tables, benches and seats to view the countryside, use a laptop, play cards or do whatever, but due to the furniture it is not a good place to hold a mass congregation unless everyone sits down. The first floor of the obs deck has a commissary for buying snacks, drinks, booze and small meals. The prices are a little high, but not complete robbery - still, it's advisable to bring your own foodstuffs. Also on the first floor are more tables and furniture and more observation areas, we try to leave this area open while the snack bar is operational as we pretty much take up all the tables upstairs. At night, we appropriate obs for PAX-y uses, but it is still a public area, so don't be a total boor or drunkard. This is when we typically chill and watch movies.
  • The Dining Car: The on-board restaurant of the train is pretty good. Or, at least it has been. Be sure to bring cash as the magic plastic cards seem to confound the servers here.

Events
We will be having the following events on PAXTrain:
  • RPGs : TBA: Thirty-four hours is a lot of time to spend on a train. Many people like to spend a good portion of that time playing Pen and Paper or Table top RPGs. We need Game Masters to run scheduled and/or spur of the moment Campaigns. Post details here in the thread if you plan on running a game or two on the train.
  • Tournaments: TBD. At the very least there will be Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and Rock Band going on.
  • Meals: Amtrak takes Lunch and Dinner reservations before meals happen. Find some people and make a reservation for four. It's a great way to commiserate with people in a more relaxed environment than the public areas.
  • Movie Night: CURRENT FILM LIST: TBD. Do you have something you want to watch at night in the observation car? Bring it with you and / or let us know. Dr. Horrible was a big hit.



Feel free to PM me if I left anything out or need to make any changes.

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{Fondly remembers the PAXTrain}
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Posts

  • BluemeaneBluemeane Registered User regular
    I purchased my tickets from Portland to Seattle right after I grabbed my PAX badges!!!


    Who else is riding the train up??

    I will be on the cascades leaving Portland [email protected] 8:30 AM. Looking forward to meeting any and all fellow PAX'ers!!!

    PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAXXXXXXXXXXX!
  • FenrisfangFenrisfang Registered User regular
    While I won't be headed on the train that way, we will be hopping on coming Southbound from Bellingham, Thursday the 27th @8:30am. One of these years the hubby are going to have to fly south just so we can hop on the train headed north!

    PAX Tickets: check!
    Hotel Booked: check!
    Sitter for the kids: check!
    Excitement level rising: check, check and triple check!
  • SolelronSolelron Wandering Gamer Cornelius, ORRegistered User regular
    I wish I would be on the cool train, but I go up in time for the MMT :)

  • WolfmanASTNWolfmanASTN Registered User regular
    I'm considering taking the train this year, how much were the tickets if you don't mind me asking? And what's the bag limit?

  • LairdLaird Registered User regular
    My group is likely taking the cascades down from Vancouver in the morning before PAX.

  • DashDDashD Dread Pirate Chef Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Every year I see this thread and it makes me sad that I'm local and don't get to participate in this adventure. Some year I'm going to find an excuse to be in California the week before PAX just so I can take the train with you awesome people.


    "Brilliant! Oh wait, if we were meant to fly, we would have been born with little bags of nuts."
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  • evermore904evermore904 Registered User regular
    You know, I hadn't even thought of taking the train up this year...is it actually a plausible idea? I've only been to the train station in Seattle in passing, so I don't know how close it is to anything?

  • SolelronSolelron Wandering Gamer Cornelius, ORRegistered User regular
    You know, I hadn't even thought of taking the train up this year...is it actually a plausible idea? I've only been to the train station in Seattle in passing, so I don't know how close it is to anything?

    the main station in Seattle is only 3 blocks (slightly uphill approx.) from the underground stations for the tram or busses to get you up to Westlake. Makes it easy.

    Geth
  • FenrisfangFenrisfang Registered User regular
    You know, I hadn't even thought of taking the train up this year...is it actually a plausible idea? I've only been to the train station in Seattle in passing, so I don't know how close it is to anything?

    We have done this every year we have attended PAX. It's super easy to catch the tram, or if you are like me and have to be up by 6 am and just want to hop a cab, it's not to expensive. Heck, if you ask, I bet people would share a cab if you meet up on the train.

    PAX Tickets: check!
    Hotel Booked: check!
    Sitter for the kids: check!
    Excitement level rising: check, check and triple check!
  • The AviatrixThe Aviatrix Registered User regular
    I am contemplating taking the train to Seattle from Davis. I noticed that you said the Arcade car typically closes at 11pm, which is before the train arrives in Davis (11:30ish).
    Is there still ample stuff to do after midnight? Or should I just save $10 (and some time) by taking a flight up?

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  • TimeCruiserMikeTimeCruiserMike Past Organizer of the West Coast Train Trip San Fernando ValleyRegistered User regular
    Night life in the observation car is usually pretty active. People play board and card games all through the night and well into the morning.

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    {Fondly remembers the PAXTrain}
  • BluemeaneBluemeane Registered User regular
    I'm considering taking the train this year, how much were the tickets if you don't mind me asking? And what's the bag limit?

    Tickets were $26 each way from Portland but they sell out quickly and get more expensive as they get less and less lol.

    PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAXXXXXXXXXXX!
  • teebone8291teebone8291 Silicon Valley, CARegistered User regular
    man i would love to take the train if it not a 24hrs one way trip (work). flying this year again. i'll wait want the high speed train arrive..

  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Anyone taking the train from BC? Never used it to get to Seattle and wondering about the logistics/cost/convenience of it? (I always drive, but paying $40/night for parking at the hotels SUUUUCKS).

    Bnet - Khraul#1822
    Gamertag - Khraul
    PSN - Razide6
  • FenrisfangFenrisfang Registered User regular
    Khraul wrote: »
    Anyone taking the train from BC? Never used it to get to Seattle and wondering about the logistics/cost/convenience of it? (I always drive, but paying $40/night for parking at the hotels SUUUUCKS).

    We are actually driving from BC to Bellingham. Tickets were cheaper ($129 from Vancouver but only $70 from Bellingham) and from White Rock it wasn't much of a time difference as you still hit traffic in the morning going into Van. I know it was super easy to do, and parking was $8/day (2 years ago) which still made it cheaper to hop the train when comparing driving and paying crazy fees for parking in Seattle. Was fun being able to chat with people before you even made it to Seattle too!

    PAX Tickets: check!
    Hotel Booked: check!
    Sitter for the kids: check!
    Excitement level rising: check, check and triple check!
  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Fenrisfang wrote: »
    Khraul wrote: »
    Anyone taking the train from BC? Never used it to get to Seattle and wondering about the logistics/cost/convenience of it? (I always drive, but paying $40/night for parking at the hotels SUUUUCKS).

    We are actually driving from BC to Bellingham. Tickets were cheaper ($129 from Vancouver but only $70 from Bellingham) and from White Rock it wasn't much of a time difference as you still hit traffic in the morning going into Van. I know it was super easy to do, and parking was $8/day (2 years ago) which still made it cheaper to hop the train when comparing driving and paying crazy fees for parking in Seattle. Was fun being able to chat with people before you even made it to Seattle too!

    I'm gonna have to plan some of this out... last year was my fist pax and I drove from Chilliwack to Seattle and stayed at one of the hotels (Fairmont?) This year the work terminal I was on when tickets went out wouldn't let me onto onpeak, so I couldn't book in for a stretch over the whole weekend.

    Maybe this year I'll train it and find a roomshare... it does sound like more fun.

    Bnet - Khraul#1822
    Gamertag - Khraul
    PSN - Razide6
  • minisplatminisplat Registered User regular
    I'm sad - work doesn't allow time for the train this year.

    passes - flight - hotel - anticipation

    Don't Panic.
  • FenrisfangFenrisfang Registered User regular
    Khraul wrote: »
    Fenrisfang wrote: »
    Khraul wrote: »
    Anyone taking the train from BC? Never used it to get to Seattle and wondering about the logistics/cost/convenience of it? (I always drive, but paying $40/night for parking at the hotels SUUUUCKS).

    We are actually driving from BC to Bellingham. Tickets were cheaper ($129 from Vancouver but only $70 from Bellingham) and from White Rock it wasn't much of a time difference as you still hit traffic in the morning going into Van. I know it was super easy to do, and parking was $8/day (2 years ago) which still made it cheaper to hop the train when comparing driving and paying crazy fees for parking in Seattle. Was fun being able to chat with people before you even made it to Seattle too!

    I'm gonna have to plan some of this out... last year was my fist pax and I drove from Chilliwack to Seattle and stayed at one of the hotels (Fairmont?) This year the work terminal I was on when tickets went out wouldn't let me onto onpeak, so I couldn't book in for a stretch over the whole weekend.

    Maybe this year I'll train it and find a roomshare... it does sound like more fun.

    The only part I was sad about was that all the tables were taken by the time the train hit Bellingham, but if you hit the station in Van you should be able to join in the fun right from the start! As for hotels, keep looking if you want your own room. Lots of hotels end up opening up as we get closer because people give up trying to get tickets so release their hotel rooms.

    PAX Tickets: check!
    Hotel Booked: check!
    Sitter for the kids: check!
    Excitement level rising: check, check and triple check!
    Khraul
  • ElmoFuntzElmoFuntz Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    Bluemeane wrote: »
    I'm considering taking the train this year, how much were the tickets if you don't mind me asking? And what's the bag limit?

    Tickets were $26 each way from Portland but they sell out quickly and get more expensive as they get less and less lol.

    I've taken the train for the past 6 years. Word of advice pay the extra for Business class. It's worth it to have a bigger seat with an outlet, assigned seating, and preboarding before everyone else. You even get a $3 food voucher so it's a little cheaper than it appears. I almost always end up meeting and sharing a taxi to the hotel with other people either while in line for the taxi's or on the train. Even single its only $10 to the Sheraton from Amtrak.

    Go for the eyes Boo, GO FOR THE EYES!
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  • baudotbaudot Registered User regular
    I have heard the legend of this PAX Train, and wish to join in.

    Erm...

    Is it a specific train?
    The Amtrak Coast Starlight?

    On a specific day?
    Like, the one that arrives one day before the con starts and leaves on the last day of the con?

    Is it whatever train folks settle on in this thread, and with just a month until the con, we don't yet have clear agreement?

    Sorry for the pile of n00b questions. The information on the train seems to have gotten rather scattered.

  • The AviatrixThe Aviatrix Registered User regular
    baudot wrote: »
    I have heard the legend of this PAX Train, and wish to join in.

    Erm...

    Is it a specific train?
    The Amtrak Coast Starlight?

    On a specific day?
    Like, the one that arrives one day before the con starts and leaves on the last day of the con?

    Is it whatever train folks settle on in this thread, and with just a month until the con, we don't yet have clear agreement?

    Sorry for the pile of n00b questions. The information on the train seems to have gotten rather scattered.

    The actual information for the trip can be found in this other thread, that got ignored for some reason.

    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/198338/the-9th-annual-west-coast-train-trip-official-thread

    For some reason this and that did not get merged despite being the same topic.
    This one was made first, so people kept the conversation going here instead of keeping the other one bumped.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    baudot wrote: »
    I have heard the legend of this PAX Train, and wish to join in.
    Erm...

    Is it a specific train?
    The Amtrak Coast Starlight?

    On a specific day?
    Like, the one that arrives one day before the con starts and leaves on the last day of the con?

    Is it whatever train folks settle on in this thread, and with just a month until the con, we don't yet have clear agreement?

    Sorry for the pile of n00b questions. The information on the train seems to have gotten rather scattered.

    The actual information for the trip can be found in this other thread, that got ignored for some reason.

    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/198338/the-9th-annual-west-coast-train-trip-official-thread

    For some reason this and that did not get merged despite being the same topic.
    This one was made first, so people kept the conversation going here instead of keeping the other one bumped.
    .... magic!

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  • StingrayXStingrayX Redding, CARegistered User regular
    So...any news on the 10th annual train? I searched the forums and found nothing yet.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Nothing yet! You can start a 10th train thread though if you want.

    Geth, close this thread.

  • GethGeth Legion Perseus VeilRegistered User, Moderator, Penny Arcade Staff, Vanilla Staff vanilla
    Affirmative zerzhul. Closing thread...

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