Okay, so my resolve on "not running anything in '07" lasted all of four months, which is honestly longer than I thought it would. I took the train up from Eugene for the '04 expo, and we've bandied the idea about in both the '05 and '06 years.
This time, I've decided to take the train again, because I don't want to have to deal with a car in downtown Seattle. If you've driven in Seattle's traffic, you'll know what I mean. Thus, I'm organizing a train trip.
The train we'll be taking is the Coast Starlight, which makes daily runs from LAX to Seattle and back.Why the train?
- It's a train!
- It's a train full of gamers!
- A train full of gamers that lets you drink and be merry! (if you're of age)
- Other gamers to play games with!
- Wake up and look out your window at Mount Shasta in the sunrise!
- No TSA nazis. In fact, there's no security at all! Whee!
- No need to worry about parking or driving in Seattle!
- You can bring your bicycle for easy urban transportation! ($5 charge)
- No need to pay for gas, car wrecks (you know who you are), seized engines (you also know who you are), new tires or any of that crap!
- Instead of driving through the night, you can sleep (or not! Your choice!)
- Hell, mix it up and take the train up, then fly back if you want!Who's Coming?San Diego
Mr. White XD
Merrymoocow +1 tentative
November6 + Friends
PapaZeb + 3 Friends
TimeCruiserMike + 1 FriendOxnard, CA
Clegger + 3 FriendsSan Jose
Matahari + 1 Boyfriend
Qapf + 3 friends
BurritoAlPastorSack-O-Tomatoes (Sacramento), CA
Mithross + 1 tentative
TerraFirma + 1 Friend + 1 tentative
Galen Myth (tentative)Klamath Falls
Anexkahn + 3 FriendsEugene*
Big Guy + 3 FriendsSalem*
Justio Von Awesome + 1 Friend
Santeria64 + 3 Friendsunknown
*Cities indicated are served by the 504/506 CascadesWhat does it cost/when does it run?
All prices are round trip, and discounts for things like AAA, ISIC, Veteran's Advantage, etc. are available.
Departing From and Returning To:
- San Diego, CA (6:10 AM August 22nd): $194
- Los Angeles, CA (10:15 AM August 22nd): $184
- San Jose, CA (8:39 PM August 22nd): $180
- Emeryville/San Francisco, CA (10:02 PM August 22nd): $174
- Sacramento, CA (11:59 PM August 22nd): $156
- Redding, CA (3:14 AM August 23rd): $130
- Klamath Falls, OR (8:15 AM August 23rd): $100
- Eugene, OR (9:00 AM August 23rd): $84
- Salem, OR (10:12 AM August 23rd): $68
- Portland, OR (12:15 PM August 23rd): $56
- Arrive Seattle from Coast Starlight (LA-Klamath Falls): 8:45 PM August 23rd
- Arrive Seattle from Cascades (Eugene/PDX): 3:55 PM August 23rd
Like airfare, these prices have already started rising and will continue to rise as departure day approaches, so get your tickets ASAP
.How do I buy tickets?
-Tickets are available on Amtrak.Com
-Departure date is August 22nd from anywhere in California, or 23rd from Oregon. Leave the "time" options where they are.
-On the next page, select your schedule. If you're coming from Klamath Falls or southwards, your train will be the #14 Coast Starlight. If from Eugene or points north, you'll be taking the #504/506 Cascades.
-For the return trip, the Coast Starlight (Southbound) is Train #11, and leaves Seattle at 9:45 AM on the 27th of August.
-Pay attention to your schedules! Amtrak's scheduler likes to throw crazy "are you paying attention?" wrenches into the works every so often, like selecting not the direct-shot Coast Starlight, but the Starlight to San Jose, then transferring five times to various busses and commuter trains, then getting back on the next day's Starlight, so be sure to select the right train!
-Enter your discounts! There are lots of opportunities for discounts when riding Amtrak, so be sure to examine that Passenger Discounts pulldown!
Who can get a discount:
-International Student Identification Card holders! (it's just a discount club)
-Members of Veterans' Advantage! (another discount club)
-Current Military! (a discount club with awesome guns & stuff)Okay, what do I need to bring?
- A backpack with snack food and plenty of water. They have a full-service restaurant on board as well as a snack bar (that sells hard liquor), but those are expensive.
- Twenty bucks or so in cash for onboard sundries and cab fare.
- A book or two.
- Earplugs/Eyemask if you have trouble sleeping.
- Headphones for any electronic devices you're carrying.