PAX East Train Alliance 2011 (PAXTrain East!) - Metal Gear Train SOLD OUT!

Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
edited March 2011 in PAX Archive
PAX East Train Alliance!

Check out this DISCOUNT!
BigSassy wrote: »
Good news everyone!

Thanks to Brian Carr (member of the fruit fucker flag crew), we've gotten a 10% discount code for anyone traveling to PAX. This code will be applicable for anyone traveling between March 8th to March 16th. And if you already bought your ticket, you can call Amtrak and STILL get the discount.

NOTE: You must call 1-800-872-7245 to book your tickets or apply the discount to previously bought tickets. The code is X77F-922.

Check out these links for the official documents:

http://bit.ly/gZOapg
http://bit.ly/dJBHBd

I promised it would be up this week, so here it is. A fresh new train trip thread for PAX East.
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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" while en-route. 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.

Note: When booking at amtrak.com, you may have to book each of your trains separately to get on the train that you want. Please take note of this when booking to ensure you end up on the same train as everybody else.

Why the train?
Why not? It's a blast. Spend some time getting to know fellow PAX attendees before the show. 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! After taking the train, you'll have a bunch of friendly faces in the crowd at PAX.

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. Then, buy your tickets through amtrak.com for the appropriate train on the appropriate time/day.

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.
  • Ear plugs 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.
  • 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 Luigi Line additionally has gumbo and the Pac-Man 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Don't be an ass 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. Noise discipline: Be quiet in the coach areas and sleeper cars, be polite in the dining cars and don't try to overrun areas 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

Eastbound Trains
    The Mega Man Line

    [*]The Donkey Kong Line
    Name: Prof. Pangloss
    Location: San Leandro, CA
    Boarding Stop: Oakland - Coliseum Airport, CA (OAC)
    Ticket Purchased: No

    [*]The Lemmings Line
    Name:
    Location:
    Boarding Stop:
    Ticket Purchased:

    [*]The Pac-Man Line
    Name: Christopher (AKA Alphacananogram)
    Location: Little Rock, AR
    Boarding Stop: Little Rock, AR
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    [*]The Luigi Line
    Name: Antithesis/Sean
    Location: Memphis TN
    Boarding Stop: Memphis, TN, Chicago IL
    Ticket Purchased: 2 weeks ago.

    [*]The Metal Gear Line
    Name: Moe Fwacky
    Location: Lakewood, Ohio
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland, Ohio
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: antherem
    Location: Ithaca, NY
    Boarding: Syracuse, NY
    Purchased Ticket: Yes

    Name: Anthony Bucchioni
    Location: Cleveland, Ohio
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland, Ohio
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Dgeorge318
    Location: Fairborn, OH
    Boarding Stop: Toledo, OH
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Adam Hurd, Whoever Else I can Convince To Go Esq. III
    Location: Watertown, NY
    Boarding Stop: Syracuse, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Not Yet

    Name: David
    Location: Kalamazoo, MI
    Boarding Stop: South Bend, IN
    Ticket Purchased: Very soon

    Name: Ryan
    Location: Hamilton, ON
    Boarding Stop: Buffalo, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Not Yet (Just waiting to confirm travel arrangements to Buffalo)

    Name: Rick
    Location: Dayton, OH
    Boarding Stop: Toledo, OH
    Ticket Purchased: Yes

    Name: Durinthal
    Location: Wooster, OH
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland, OH
    Ticket Purchased: N

    Name: Jo! :D Plus Zedarius (Danny) and Bitstream (Jeremiah)
    Location: San Francisco, CA
    Boarding Stop: Chicago, IL
    Train Ticket Purchased:Yes

    Name: Exor
    Location: Cleveland, OH
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland, OH
    Purchased Ticket: Yes

    Name: Pibbs
    Location: Bryan, OH
    Boarding Stop: Bryan, OH
    Purchased Ticket: Yes

    Name: Luigi
    Location: Rochester, NY
    Boarding Stop: Rochester, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Once I get my room situation all sorted out.

    Name: David Moffitt (Dave is fine)
    Location: Rochester, NY
    Boarding Stop: Rochester, NY
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Daniel Frueh
    Location: Schenectady, NY
    Boarding Stop: Schenectady, NY
    Ticket Purchased: No

    Name: Andrew Handshoe
    Location: Willard, Ohio
    Boarding Stop: Sandusky, Ohio
    Ticket Purchased: Yes

    Name: blAAAm!!!
    Location: Brunswick, OH
    Boarding Stop: Cleveland, OH
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Nick
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
    Boarding Stop: Toledo, OH
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Jay
    Location: New York City
    Boarding Stop: New York City
    Ticket Purchased: No

    Name: Eric
    Location: Kingston, ON
    Boarding Stop: Syracuse, NY
    Ticket Purchased: YES

    Name: Dan
    Location: Springfield, MA
    Boarding Stop: Springfield, MA
    Ticket Purchased: YES

    Name: Kenneth
    Location: Monticello, IN
    Boarding Stop: Union Station Chicago
    Ticket Purchased: YES

    Name: Pete
    Location: Monticello, IN
    Boarding Stop: Union Station Chicago
    Ticket Purchased: Yes

    Name: Alex
    Location: Monticello, IN
    Boarding Stop: Union Station Chicago
    Ticket Purchased: YES

    Name: Rufo aka AgentMunroe, Leo
    Location: Rochester, NY
    Boarding: Rochester, NY
    Purchased Ticket: Yes

    Name: Todd Farley
    Location: Elyria, OH
    Boarding Stop: Elyria, OH
    Ticket Purchased: Yus.

    Name: Anthony, Caleb, Nathen, Ryan
    Location: Missouri
    Boarding Stop: Chicago
    Tickets Purchased: N ( really should soon)

    Name: Chris
    Location: Burgettstown, PA
    Boarding Stop: Pittsburgh PA - Cleveland, OH - Erie, PA
    Ticket Purchased: You bet your ass it is

    Name: Andrew Claus
    Location: Saint Clair Shores, MI
    Boarding Stop: Toledo, OH
    Ticket Purchased: YES!

    Name: Jen (+1)
    Location: Mid-Michigan
    Boarding Stop: South Bend, IN
    Ticket Purchased: Yes, months ago (but hadn't joined the forums until now)

    Name: Ben
    Location: Manitowoc, WI
    Boarding Stop: Chicago
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Name: Smerk
    Location: Sydney, Australia
    Boarding Stop: Chicago, IL
    Ticket Purchased: Y

    Names: Zen and Amy
    Location: Wisconsin
    Boarding Stop: Chicago, IL
    Tickets Purchased: Y

    Name: Lily
    Location: Albany
    Boarding Stop: Albany-Renesselear
    Tickets Purchased: Y


    Northbound Trains
    • The Metroid Line
      Name: Jessica & Bryan Christian
      Location: Christiansburg, VA
      Boarding Stop: Lynchburg, VA
      Ticket Purchased: You betcha!

      Name: Tobias
      Location: Birmingham, AL
      Boarding Stop: Birmingham, AL
      Ticket Purchased: Not yet!

      Name: John
      Location: Salisbury-ish.
      Boarding Stop: Salisbury, NC
      Ticket Purchased: Yes

      Name: James AKA Tarranon
      Location: New Orleans
      Boarding: New Orleans
      Purchased Ticket: Yes
    • The Star Fox Line
      Name: Jay + Eliza
      Location: Richmond Va
      Boarding Stop: Staples Mill Station, Richmond Va
      Ticket Purchased: Will be doing so after this post

      Name: Dan, Sean, Kyle, and MYSTERY GUEST
      Location: Orlando FL
      Boarding Stop: Orlando FL
      Ticket Purchased: Not yet, but soon!

      Name: SpyPoet/Shawnda
      Location: Parma, Ohio
      Boarding Stop: Orlando, FL
      Ticket Purchased: Not Yet

      Name: Spencer
      Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
      Boarding Stop: Florence, SC
      Ticket Purchased: Soon!
    • The Sonic Line
      Name: Propriety (the guy with the Fourth Doctor's scarf)
      Location: Philadelphia, PA
      Boarding Stop: 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA
      Ticket Purchased: N (Not yet... need to save up).

      Name: Feitocomfruta
      Location: Poconos, PA
      Boarding Stop: Philly
      Ticket Purchased: Y

      Name: Shadowhaxor
      Location: Wilmington, DE
      Boarding Stop: Wilmington, DE
      Ticket Purchased:Not yet. Need to make sure me and my wife and who ever else is going are on the same page.

      Name: Omicron
      Location: Washington D.C.
      Boarding Stop: Washington D.C
      Ticket Purchased: No. (Depending on who I can gather from around here.)

      Name: Ian
      Location: Brooklyn, NY
      Boarding Stop: NYC
      Ticket Purchased: N

      Name: Gabriel Preston
      Location: Philadelphia, PA
      Boarding Stop: Philadelphia, PA
      Ticket Purchased: N (but will be the Northeast Regional 176 again this year)

      Name: flatline + friend(s) [2 of us so far]
      Location: Bawlmore, MD
      Boarding Stop: BWI
      Ticket Purchased: Y

      Name: Eric Palakovich Carr
      Location: Rockville, MD
      Boarding Stop: Washington, DC
      Ticket Purchased: Y

      Name: Josh W
      Location: York,PA
      Boarding Stop: Philly
      Ticket Purchased: N (waiting for group)

      Name: ElectricTurtle and Astayonix (and possibly others)
      Location: Fredericksburg, VA (probably take the VRE to DC)
      Boarding Stop: Washington D.C
      Ticket Purchased: No, but given the way Amtrak jacks prices as time passes, really soon.

      Name: Joelle +39
      Location: Mt. Pocono, PA
      Boarding Stop: Philadelphia, PA
      Ticket Purchased: Not yet..we need at least possibly 40 or so tickets..class of 34 students including chaperons are going.

      Name: BigShoesPlease (John Abbott) + 3 friends
      Location: Lynchburg, VA
      Boarding Stop: Lynchburg, VA
      Ticket Purchased: YES!

      Name: Brian Depaul
      Location: Union City, NJ
      Boarding Stop: New York City, NY
      Ticket Purchased: N

      Name: Lady Amalthea (aka. Tara) and four others
      Location: Rockville, MD
      Boarding Stop: Washington, DC
      Purchased Ticket: Yes

      Name: kevindoc
      Location: Deptford, NJ
      Boarding Stop: Philly, PA
      Purchased Ticket: Not Yet

      Name: Nullzone
      Location: Manassas, VA
      Boarding Stop: Washington, DC
      Ticket Purchased: Yes

      Name: Squill2k4 + 3 others (girlfriend, her friend, and SidiousX)
      Location: Richmond, VA
      Boarding Stop: Washington, DC
      Ticket Purchased: Not yet, will be doing so soon.

      Name: Lugh Lamfhada
      Location: Fairfield, VA
      Boarding: Charlottesville, VA
      Ticket: Yes

      Name: Lcheeseboy (call me Liam)
      Location: Norwalk, CT
      Boarding Stop: Bridgeport, CT
      Ticket Purchased: Yes

      Name: James Henry +2 others
      Location: Philadelphia, PA
      Boarding Stop: 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA
      Ticket Purchased: Soon, I hope!

      Name: Alex
      Location: NYC
      Boarding Stop: NYC
      Ticket Purchased: Y

      Name: Jonathan & Sarah
      Location: Baltimore
      Boarding Stop: Baltimore
      Tickets Purchased: Y

      Name: Fr00tyTang (Jon H)
      Location: Christiansburg, VA
      Boarding Stop: Lynchburg, VA (NE176 all the way, rather than Metroid->Sonic)
      Ticket Purchased: Yes!

      Name: David S
      Location: Washington, DC
      Boarding Stop: Washington, DC
      Ticket Purchased: N - Hopefully today!

      Name: Topher
      Location: Long Island, NY
      Boarding Stop: Penn Station, NYC
      Ticket Purchased: N (probably tomorrow.)

      Name: Alan (+3 others)
      Location: Laurel, MD
      Boarding Stop: New Carrollton, MD
      Ticket Purchased: Y

      Name: Praxis
      Location: DC
      Boarding Stop: DC
      Ticket Purchased: Yes, back in December but only found this thread now.

    To be added to the list copy/paste the text below and add in your info:
    What line you will be on:
    Name:
    Location:
    Boarding Stop:
    Ticket Purchased:

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    • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
      edited October 2010
      Eastbound Lines

      The Mega Man Line
      "In the year 20XX"
      Train: 8 Empire Builder
      Originating Station: Seattle, WA (SEA)
      Departure Date/Time: March 7, 16:40 PDT
      Travel Time: 45h10m
      Schedule/Stops:
      • Edmonds, WA - March 7, 17:12 PDT
      • Everett, WA - March 7, 17:39 PDT
      • Wenatchee, WA - March 7, 20:42 PDT
      • Ephrata, WA - March 7, 21:42 PDT
      • Spokane, WA - March 8, 0:45 PDT (Departure at 01:30 PDT)
      • Sandpoint, ID - March 8, 02:32 PDT
      • Libby, MT - March 8, 05:26 MDT
      • Whitefish, MT - March 8, 07:26 MDT
      • West Glacier, MT - March 8, 08:16 MDT
      • Essex, MT - March 8, 08:55 MDT
      • East Glacier Park, MT - March 8, 09:54 MDT
      • Cut Bank, MT - March 8, 10:45 MDT
      • Shelby, MT - March 8, 11:43 MDT
      • Havre, MT - March 8, 13:12 MDT (Departure at 13:32 MDT)
      • Malta, MT - March 8, 14:52 MDT
      • Glasgow, MT - March 8, 15:47 MDT
      • Wolf Point, MT - March 8, 16:33 MDT
      • Williston, ND - March 8, 19:09 CDT
      • Stanley, ND - March 8, 20:11 CDT
      • Minot, ND - March 8, 21:22 CDT (Departure at 21:42 CDT)
      • Rugby, ND - March 8, 22:38 CDT
      • Devil's Lake, ND - March 8, 23:32 CDT
      • Grand Forks, ND - March 9, 0:57 CDT
      • Fargo, ND - March 9, 02:13 CDT
      • Detroit Lakes, MN - March 9, 03:10 CDT
      • Staples, MN - March 9, 04:09 CDT
      • St. Cloud, MN - March 9, 05:14 CDT
      • St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - March 9, 07:05 CDT (Departure at 07:50 CDT)
      • Red Wing, MN - March 9, 08:54 CDT
      • Winona, MN - March 9, 10:11 CDT
      • La Crosse, WI - March 9, 10:47 CDT
      • Tomah, WI - March 9, 11:28 CDT
      • Wisconsin Dells, WI - March 9, 12:09 CDT
      • Portage, WI - March 9, 12:27 CDT
      • Columbus, WI - March 9, 12:57 CDT
      Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
      Arrival Date/Time: March 9, 15:55 CDT
      Layover Time: 5h35m

      The Donkey Kong Line
      "Damn dirty ape!"
      Train: 6 California Zephyr
      Originating Station: Emeryville, CA (EMY)
      Departure Date/Time: March 7, 09:50 PDT
      Travel Time: 51h40m
      Schedule/Stops:
      • Martinez, CA - March 7, 10:49 PDT
      • Davis, CA - March 7, 11:11 PDT
      • Sacramento, CA - March 7, 11:49 PDT
      • Roseville, CA - March 7, 12:15 PDT
      • Colfax, CA - March 7, 13:01 PDT
      • Truckee, CA - March 7, 15:18 PDT
      • Reno, NV - March 7, 16:46 PDT
      • Winnemucca, NV - March 7, 19:48 PDT
      • Elko, NV - March 7, 22:11 PDT
      • Salt Lake City, UT - March 8, 03:45 MDT (Departure at 04:10 MDT)
      • Provo, UT - March 8, 05:15 MDT
      • Helper, UT - March 8, 07:17 MDT
      • Green River, UT - March 8, 08:39 MDT
      • Grand Junction, CO - March 8, 11:03 MDT
      • Glenwood Springs, CO - March 8, 12:50 MDT
      • Granby, CO - March 8, 15:52 MDT
      • Fraser/Winter Park, CO - March 8, 16:30 MDT
      • Denver, CO - March 8, 19:18 MDT (Departure at 19:50 MDT)
      • Fort Morgan, CO - March 8, 21:05 MDT
      • McCook, NE - March 9, 12:29 CDT
      • Holdrege, NE - March 9, 01:34 CDT
      • Hastings, NE - March 9, 02:22 CDT
      • Lincoln, NE - March 9, 04:00 CDT (Departure at 04:06 CDT)
      • Omaha, NE - March 9, 05:39 CDT (Departure at 05:54 CDT)
      • Creston, IA - March 9, 07:44 CDT
      • Osceola, IA - March 9, 08:20 CDT 23.41
      • Ottumwa, IA - March 9, 09:49 CDT
      • Mount Pleasant, IA - March 9, 10:34 CDT
      • Burlington, IA - March 9, 11:16 CDT
      Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
      Arrival Date/Time: March 9, 15:30 CDT
      Layover Time: 6h00m

      The Lemmings Line
      "Glug glug"
      Train: 4 Southwest Chief
      Originating Station: Los Angeles, CA - Union Station (LAX)
      Departure Date/Time: March 7, 18:15 PDT
      Travel Time: 42h35m
      Schedule/Stops:
      • Fullerton, CA - March 7, 18:50 PDT
      • Riverside, CA - March 7, 19:33 PDT
      • San Bernadino, CA - March 7, 19:59 PDT
      • Victorville, CA - March 7, 21:10 PDT
      • Barstow, CA - March 7, 21:56 PDT
      • Needles, CA - March 8, 0:23 PDT
      • Kingman, AZ - March 8, 02:33 MST
      • Williams Jct, AZ - March 8, 04:50 MST
      • Flagstaff, AZ - March 8, 05:36 MST (Departure at 05:41 MST)
      • Winslow, AZ - March 8, 06:39 MST
      • Gallup, NM - March 8, 08:21 MDT
      • Albuquerque, NM - March 8, 11:42 MDT (Departure at 12:10 MDT)
      • Lamy, NM - March 8, 13:15 MDT
      • Las Vegas, NM - March 8, 15:03 MDT
      • Raton, NM - March 8, 16:50 MDT
      • Trinidad, CO - March 8, 17:49 MDT
      • La Junta, CO - March 8, 19:31 MDT (Departure at 19:41 MDT)
      • Lamar, CO - March 8, 20:40 MDT
      • Garden City, KS - March 8, 23:17 CDT
      • Dodge City, KS - March 9, 0:27 CDT
      • Hutchinson, KS - March 9, 02:19 CDT
      • Newton, KS - March 9, 02:59 CDT
      • Topeka, KS - March 9, 05:18 CDT
      • Lawrence, KS - March 9, 05:47 CDT
      • Kansas City, MO - March 9, 07:24 CDT (Departure at 07:43 CDT)
      • La Plata, MO - March 9, 09:55 CDT
      • Fort Madison, IA - March 9, 11:09 CDT
      • Galesburg, IL - March 9, 12:08 CDT
      • Princeton, IL - March 9, 12:58 CDT
      • Mendota, IL - March 9, 13:19 CDT
      • Naperville, IL - March 9, 14:42 CDT
      Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
      Arrival Date/Time: March 9, 15:25 CDT
      Layover Time: 6h05m

      The Pac-Man Line
      "Om nom nom"
      Train: 22 Texas Eagle
      Originating Station: San Antonio, TX (SAS)
      Departure Date/Time: March 8, 07:00 CDT
      Travel Time: 30h52m
      Schedule/Stops:
      • San Marcos, TX - March 7, 08:32 CDT
      • Austin, TX - March 8, 09:31 CDT
      • Taylor, TX - March 8, 10:22 CDT
      • Temple, TX - March 8, 11:25 CDT
      • McGregor, TX - March 8, 11:51 CDT
      • Cleburne, TX - March 8, 13:00 CDT
      • Fort Worth, TX - March 8, 13:58 CDT (Departure at 14:20 CDT)
      • Dallas, TX - March 8, 15:20 CDT (Departure at 15:40 CDT)
      • Mineola, TX - March 8, 17:15 CDT
      • Longview, TX - March 8, 18:15 CDT
      • Marshall, TX - March 8, 19:31 CDT
      • Texarkana, AR/TX - March 8, 20:43 CDT
      • Arkadelphia, AR - March 8, 22:02 CDT
      • Malvern, AR - March 8, 23:26 CDT
      • Little Rock, AR - March 8, 23:39 CDT
      • Walnut Ridge, AR - March 9, 01:41 CDT
      • Poplar Bluff, MO - March 9, 02:44 CDT
      • St. Louis, MO - March 9, 07:19 CDT (Departure at 07:55 CDT)
      • Alton, IL - March 9, 08:43 CDT
      • Carlinville, IL - March 9, 09:15 CDT
      • Springfield, IL - March 9, 09:55 CDT
      • Lincoln, IL - March 9, 10:25 CDT
      • Bloomington/Normal, IL - March 9, 11:08 CDT
      • Pontiac, IL - March 9, 11:39 CDT
      • Joliet, IL - March 9, 12:56 CDT
      Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
      Arrival Date/Time: March 9, 13:52 CDT
      Layover Time: 7h38m

      The Luigi Line
      "Mario is Missing"
      Train: 58 City of New Orleans
      Originating Station: New Orleans, LA (NOL)
      Departure Date/Time: March 8, 13:45 CDT
      Travel Time: 19h15m
      Schedule/Stops:
      • Hammond, LA - March 8, 14:45 CDT
      • McComb, MS - March 8, 15:32 CDT
      • Brookhaven, MS - March 8, 15:56 CDT
      • Hazlehurst, MS - March 8, 16:17 CDT
      • Jackson, MS - March 8, 17:44 CDT
      • Yazoo City, MS - March 8, 18:42 CDT
      • Greenwood, MS - March 8, 19:37 CDT
      • Memphis, TN - March 8, 22:00 CDT (Departure at 22:40 CDT)
      • Newburn/Dyersburg, TN - March 9, 0:22 CDT
      • Fulton, KY - March 9, 01:04 CDT
      • Carbondale, IL - March 9, 03:11 CDT (Departure at 03:16 CDT)
      • Centralia, IL - March 9, 04:10 CDT
      • Effingham, IL - March 9, 04:57 CDT
      • Mattoon, IL - March 9, 05:23 CDT
      • Champagne/Urbana, IL - March 9, 06:10 CDT
      • Kankakee, IL - March 9, 07:13 CDT
      • Homewood, IL - March 9, 07:44 CDT
      Layover Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
      Arrival Date/Time: March 10, 09:00 CDT
      Layover Time: 12h30m

      The Metal Gear Line
      "Snaaaaaaaaake!"
      Train: 448 Lake Shore Limited
      Originating Station: Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)
      Departure Date/Time: March 9, 21:30 CDT
      Travel Time: 22h40m
      Schedule/Stops:
      • South Bend, IN - March 9, 23:59 EDT
      • Elkhart, IN - March 9, 0:22 EDT
      • Waterloo, IN - March 10, 1:15 EDT
      • Bryan, OH - March 10, 01:40 EDT
      • Toledo, OH - March 10, 02:50 EDT (Departure at 03:20 EDT)
      • Sandusky, OH - March 10, 04:12 EDT
      • Elyria, OH - March 10, 04:51 EDT
      • Cleveland, OH - March 10, 05:35 EDT (Departure at 05:50 EDT)
      • Erie, PA - March 10, 07:22 EDT
      • Buffalo/Depew, NY - March 10, 08:58 EDT (Departure at 09:08 EDT)
      • Rochester, NY - March 10, 10:08 EDT
      • Syracuse, NY - March 10, 11:38 EDT
      • Utica, NY - March 10, 12:42 EDT
      • Schenectady, NY - March 10, 14:00 EDT
      • Albany/Rensselaer, NY - March 10, 14:50 EDT (Departure at 15:25 EDT)
      • Pittsfield, MA - March 10, 16:29 EDT
      • Springfield, MA - March 10, 17:48 EDT (Departure at 17:53 EDT)
      • Worcester, MA - March 10, 18:57 EDT
      • Framingham, MA - March 10, 19:35 EDT
      Destination Station: Boston, MA - South Station (BOS)
      Arrival Date/Time: March 10, 21:10 EDT

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    • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
      edited October 2010
      Northbound Lines

      The Metroid Line
      "Samus is a girl!?"
      Train: 20 Crescent
      Originating Station: New Orleans, LA (NOL)
      Departure Date/Time: March 9, 07:05 CDT
      Travel Time: 26h5m
      Schedule/Stops:
      • Slidell, LA - March 9, 08:02 CDT
      • Picayune, MS - March 9, 08:27 CDT
      • Hattiesburg, MS - March 9, 09:35 CDT
      • Laurel, MS - March 9, 10:10 CDT
      • Meridian, MS - March 9, 11:07 CDT (Departure at 11:12 CDT)
      • Tuscaloosa, AL - March 9, 12:49 CDT
      • Birmingham, AL - March 9, 14:32 CDT (Departure at 14:41 CDT)
      • Anniston, AL - March 9, 16:16 CDT
      • Atlanta, GA - March 9, 19:52 EDT (Departure at 20:21 EDT)
      • Gainesville, GA - March 9, 21:16 EDT
      • Toccoa, GA - March 9, 21:57 EDT
      • Clemson, SC - March 9, 22:33 EDT
      • Greenville, SC - March 9, 23:10 EDT (Departure at 23:15 EDT)
      • Spartanburg, SC - March 9, 23:56 EDT
      • Gastonia, NC - March 10, 0:56 EDT
      • Charlotte, NC - March 10, 01:38 EDT (Departure at 02:03 EDT)
      • Salisbury, NC - March 10, 02:49 EDT
      • High Point, NC - March 10, 03:30 EDT
      • Greensboro, NC - March 10, 03:51 EDT (Departure at 03:58 EDT)
      • Danville, VA - March 10, 04:57 EDT
      • Lynchburg, VA - March 10, 06:03 EDT (Departure at 06:07 EDT)
      • Charlottesville, VA - March 10, 07:20 EDT
      • Culpeper, VA - March 10, 08:12 EDT
      • Manassas, VA - March 10, 08:46 EDT
      • Alexandria, VA - March 10, 09:43 EDT
      Layover Station: Washington, DC - Union Station (WAS)
      Arrival Date/Time: March 10, 10:10 EDT
      Layover Time: 1h50m

      The Star Fox Line
      "Do a barrel roll!"
      Train: 98 Silver Meteor
      Originating Station: Miami, FL (MIA)
      Departure Date/Time: March 9, 08:40 EDT
      Travel Time: 23h6m
      Schedule/Stops:
      • Hollywood, FL - March 9, 09:04 EDT
      • Fort Lauderdale, FL - March 9, 09:20 EDT
      • Deerfield Beach, FL - March 9, 09:38 EDT
      • Delray Beach, FL - March 9, 09:52 EDT
      • West Palm Beach, FL - March 9, 10:17 EDT
      • Sebring, FL - March 9, 11:44 EDT
      • Winter Haven, FL - March 9, 12:30 EDT
      • Kissimee, FL - March 9, 13:16 EDT
      • Orlando, FL - March 9, 13:43 EDT (Departure at 13:57 EDT)
      • Winter Park, FL - March 9, 14:14 EDT
      • DeLand, FL - March 9, 14:56 EDT
      • Palatka, FL - March 9, 15:46 EDT
      • Jacksonville, FL - March 9, 17:10 EDT (Departure at 17:33 EDT)
      • Jesup, GA - March 9, 18:53 EDT
      • Savannah, GA - March 9, 19:57 EDT (Departure at 20:03 EDT)
      • Yemassee, SC - March 9, 20:52 EDT
      • Charleston, SC - March 9, 21:48 EDT
      • Kingstree, SC - March 9, 22:42 EDT
      • Florence, SC - March 9, 23:35 EDT (Departure at 23:45 EDT)
      • Fayetteville, NC - March 10, 01:10 EDT
      • Rocky Mount, NC - March 10, 02:42 EDT
      • Petersburg, VA - March 10, 04:06 EDT
      • Richmond, VA - March 10, 04:59 EDT (Departure at 05:09 EDT)
      • Alexandria, VA - March 10, 07:20 EDT
      Layover Station: Washington, DC - Union Station (WAS)
      Arrival Date/Time: March 10, 07:46 EDT
      Layover Time: 4h14m

      The Sonic Line
      "The Fastest Train Alive!" (although not really)
      Train: 176 Northeast Regional
      Originating Station: Washington, DC - Union Station (WAS)
      Departure Date/Time: March 10, 12:05 EDT
      Travel Time: 7h52m
      • New Caroliton, MD - March 10, 12:16 EDT
      • BWI Thurgood Marsh Air, MD - March 10, 12:32 EDT
      • Baltimore, MD - March 10, 12:47 EDT
      • Wilmington, DE - March 10, 13:34 EDT
      • Philadelphia, PA - March 10, 13:53 EDT (Departure at 13:56 EDT)
      • Trenton, NJ - March 10, 14:25 EDT
      • Metropark, NJ - March 10, 14:46 EDT
      • Newark, NJ - March 10, 15:00 EDT
      • New York, NY - March 10, 15:18 EDT (Departure at 15:30 EDT)
      • New Rochelle, NY - March 10, 15:57 EDT
      • Stamford, CT - March 10, 16:18 EDT
      • Bridgeport, CT - March 10, 16:42 EDT
      • New Haven, CT - March 10, 17:06 EDT (Departure at 17:08 EDT)
      • Old Saybrook, CT - March 10, 17:38 EDT
      • New London, CT - March 10, 17:57 EDT
      • Westerly, RI - March 10, 18:21 EDT
      • Kingston, RI - March 10, 18:40 EDT
      • Providence, RI - March 10, 19:09 EDT
      Schedule/Stops:
      Destination Station: Boston, MA - South Station (BOS)
      Arrival Date/Time: March 10, 19:57 EDT

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    • adesteradester Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      If I had the time off to do it I would be on the Lemmings line

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    • antheremantherem Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Line: Metal Gear?!?
      Name: antherem
      Location: Ithaca, NY
      Boarding: Syracuse, NY
      Purchased Ticket: Yes

      Also, apparently AAA members get 10% off on Amtrak. For short hops this is likely insignificant but might make a difference for someone long-hauling it.

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    • RdrRdr Rider Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      I'm taking the train but sadly leaving like a week prior and then leaving the Tuesday after PAX. I'm only doing it cause there's a 12 hour layover each way from 9am-9pm in Chicago. I have some friends there and really want to see the city.

      I'll get this added to the HGtPE soon.

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    • <Omicron-8643><Omicron-8643> Just outside DC. Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Aw man... Why'd you have to go and put a layover in DC? You are severely tempting me into taking an extra day off of school to catch this thing now.

      We'll see how this semester plays out and if I can afford an extra day in Boston. It would almost be heresy to miss you guys coming so close.

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    • ProprietyPropriety Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Absolutely fantastic! PAXTrain East was one of the best parts of my trip last year. Wouldn't miss it!

      What line you will be on: Sonic Line
      Name: Propriety (the guy with the Fourth Doctor's scarf)
      Location: Philadelphia, PA
      Boarding Stop: 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA
      Ticket Purchased: N (Not yet... need to save up).

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    • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
      edited October 2010
      LINE: Sonic
      NAME: Feitocomfruta
      LOCATION: Poconos, PA
      BOARDING STOP: Unsure, Likely between Philly and NYC
      TICKET PURCHASED: No (still saving up for the whole thing, student loan payments suck)

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    • smerksmerk Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Line: Donkey Kong
      Name: Smerk
      Location: Sydney, Australia
      Boarding Stop: Emeryville, CA
      Ticket Purchased: N (Contingent on Critical Mass)

      If there are enough people getting on in .ca (say five) I'll definitely be there. If not, I'll get a flight directly to Chicago & meet up there.

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    • shadowhaxorshadowhaxor Registered User
      edited October 2010
      LINE: Sonic
      NAME: Shadowhaxor
      LOCATION: Wilmington, DE
      BOARDING STOP: Wilmington, DE
      TICKET PURCHASE: Not yet. Need to make sure me and my wife and who ever else is going are on the same page.

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    • WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      ALL ABOARD THE COAL TRAIN!

      What line you will be on: Metal Gear
      Name: Wingedillidan and company
      Location: Rochester, NY
      Boarding Stop: Rochester, NY
      Ticket Purchased: N (Note: Still debating on Train Vs. Car)

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    • antheremantherem Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      ALL ABOARD THE COAL TRAIN!

      What line you will be on: Metal Gear
      Name: Wingedillidan and company
      Location: Rochester, NY
      Boarding Stop: Rochester, NY
      Ticket Purchased: N (Note: Still debating on Train Vs. Car)

      Do it

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    • ColdbrewColdbrew Down in Front Productions Lake Stevens, WARegistered User regular
      edited October 2010
      smerk wrote: »
      Line: Donkey Kong
      Name: Smerk
      Location: Sydney, Australia
      Boarding Stop: Emeryville, CA
      Ticket Purchased: N (Contingent on Critical Mass)

      If there are enough people getting on in .ca (say five) I'll definitely be there. If not, I'll get a flight directly to Chicago & meet up there.

      Aww, not starting in Seattle this time around?

      Though I'm kinda thinking the same thing, if nobody else takes the long haul on the Mega Man line from western Washington then I might just fly to Chicago and meet up with everybody there. It depends on money too, there's no way I'm riding coach from Seattle to Chicago, I would have died if I didn't have my own room last time.

      But for now I guess you can put me on the list for said line.
      Line: Mega Man
      Name: Coldbrew
      Location: Everett, WA
      Boarding Stop: Everett, WA
      Ticket Purchased: N (Depends if others will be there and my financial situation in a few months)

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    • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
      edited October 2010
      I need to get with my group, but I'm pretty sure were all getting on Metal Gear line. I mean we all live near Chicago.

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    • smerksmerk Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Coldbrew: Hear Hear RE Death.

      The problem was there was just the two of us. I was traveling light and you were full of camera. I recall discussing the loud 13 year olds in the lounge car, and I suggested mugging them for their pokemon cards. There definitely needs to be 5 or more nerds on a train for a proper paxtrain event.

      I'm thinking of going from San Francisco because there's a direct air route from Sydney, and it isn't LA. You should consider SF too, it's not that far :P.

      I know that a few people are planning to fly to Chicago from SF and pick up the train there. I'm trying to convince them to not be so boring.

      (note thAt I'm not making sweeping judgements about LA, just an observation that I personally can't stand it)

      (note also that if anyone wants to go halves in a sleeper from Emeryville, a top bunk will be available.)

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    • antheremantherem Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Now that I think about it - we don't have to get rooms, do we? I only got a reserved coach seat (since I'm only on the train for 10 hours) but if I did it wrong I can see about changing it.

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    • smerksmerk Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      antherem wrote: »
      Now that I think about it - we don't have to get rooms, do we? I only got a reserved coach seat (since I'm only on the train for 10 hours) but if I did it wrong I can see about changing it.

      Nah, if yr sleeping in the last 10 hrs of the metal gear line yr doing it wrong :)
      The train gets more and more awesome as Time goes on. You shouldn't need more than a nap in that length of time, if you can tear yourself away from the shenanigans at all!

      Get ear plugs and an eye mask and you should be fine.

      Ed: my language subroutines are corrupted I claim immunity from prosecution for reason of 3AM. Srykthxbye.

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    • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
      edited October 2010
      Yeah, sleeper cars aren't really necessary on the Metal Gear line. People who may be on the train for 2 or more days though should probably look into one though.

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    • <Omicron-8643><Omicron-8643> Just outside DC. Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Line: Sonic
      Name: Omicron
      Location: Washington D.C.
      Boarding: Washington D.C
      Purchased Ticket: No. (Depending on who I can gather from around here.)

      If anything, I'll be sure to meet those coming in on the Star Fox line for breakfast. Union Station has some amazing eateries.

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    • ColdbrewColdbrew Down in Front Productions Lake Stevens, WARegistered User regular
      edited October 2010
      As somebody who was on the train from Seattle - Boston this year, I would strongly suggest anybody else planning on being on for 2+ nights to look into a sleeper room. The flat surface to sleep on, personal closet, private space (that's also quiet and doesn't start smelling bad like coach does after a couple days) first-class service, free breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the entire trip (which is expensive if you're in coach), access to showers, among other things, is really nice.

      It's really not necessary between Chicago - Boston though as that's like a whole 1 day, 1 night trip, where at least this year pretty much everybody was in the lounge car the entire trip.

      Smerk: I may consider flying to San Fransisco if it doesn't cost any extra money and there's more people on that line than this one. I won't take a train from the west coast though unless i can afford a room again, which I'd be willing to share with somebody to cut costs.

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    • XirycXiryc Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Name: Anthony Bucchioni
      Location: Cleveland, Ohio
      Boarding Stop: Cleveland, Ohio
      Ticket Purchased: N

      And hey, I've got some friends that wanna go this year, so we'll see what happens.

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    • smerksmerk Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Smerk: I may consider flying to San Fransisco if it doesn't cost any extra money and there's more people on that line than this one. I won't take a train from the west coast though unless i can afford a room again, which I'd be willing to share with somebody to cut costs.

      I wasn't particularly serious about the fly to SF thing, but that would be awesome if you could make it. Now we just have to convince <Gidgets> and <IRL Names Redacted> to train the whole way. I shall poke and harass them :P

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    • ColdbrewColdbrew Down in Front Productions Lake Stevens, WARegistered User regular
      edited October 2010
      I just really hope there's no weather problems this time. Being stranded in New York for a couple hours then cramming onto a late bus with a seemingly suicidal driver and arriving at the wrong station wasn't cool.

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    • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
      edited October 2010
      That wasn't weather problems. That was rail repairs. Since they already repaired them last year, they shouldn't have to do it again (right... right?).

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    • WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      The hotel I wanna book at doesn't have Sunday night availabilities (2-beds, Westin Waterfront).. which therefore practically eliminating the option of train... curse our double bedroom requirements.

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    • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
      edited October 2010
      You could always get a 1-bed and a rollaway

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    • Vaulter85Vaulter85 Registered User
      edited October 2010
      Debating on flying to Chicago to catch the Metal Gear Line as well. The idea of riding on the Donkey Kong Line for 3 days & then the Metal Gear Line for another 2 seems a tad too long for me. Especially if the first half of the trip only has 2 or 3 fellow PAXers.

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    • BigSassyBigSassy Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Hey Moe, honest question.

      For the Sonic Line, is there a reason you picked the 2164 Acela Express line over the 176 Northeast Regional line? The 176 Northeast leaves 5 minutes after the Acela Express and it's half the price. Plus, I believe we used this same line for DC to Boston last time.

      Why 2164 Acela over 176 Northeast Regional?

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    • flatlineflatline Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      BigSassy wrote: »
      Hey Moe, honest question.

      For the Sonic Line, is there a reason you picked the 2164 Acela Express line over the 176 Northeast Regional line? The 176 Northeast leaves 5 minutes after the Acela Express and it's half the price. Plus, I believe we used this same line for DC to Boston last time.

      Why 2164 Acela over 176 Northeast Regional?

      I gotta concur... While the Acela is undeniably nice, I think me and my buddy are going to end up on the NE Regional 174 (Leaves Baltimore at 11:10, Arrives in Back Bay at 6:19) for $130 vs $354 for the Acela 2164. If anyone else is considering that train, let me know!

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    • WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Moe Fwacky wrote: »
      You could always get a 1-bed and a rollaway

      I assumed a 1-bed was like a king... but if it's just 1-double, I'll see if I can book a rollaway. Does the Westin have a lot of rollaway beds, if any at all?

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    • AngrypastaAngrypasta Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Moe Fwacky wrote: »
      You could always get a 1-bed and a rollaway

      I assumed a 1-bed was like a king... but if it's just 1-double, I'll see if I can book a rollaway. Does the Westin have a lot of rollaway beds, if any at all?

      Yeah, they're quoted to having "Heavenly rollaway beds" at a rate of $30/night. I think they're only available for rooms with one bed though, if anybody else was curious.

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    • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
      edited October 2010
      Vaulter85 wrote: »
      Debating on flying to Chicago to catch the Metal Gear Line as well. The idea of riding on the Donkey Kong Line for 3 days & then the Metal Gear Line for another 2 seems a tad too long for me. Especially if the first half of the trip only has 2 or 3 fellow PAXers.

      The metal gear line is only 1 day and the donkey kong line is 2 days.

      I'm not sure where you got those extra 2 days from
      flatline wrote: »
      BigSassy wrote: »
      Hey Moe, honest question.

      For the Sonic Line, is there a reason you picked the 2164 Acela Express line over the 176 Northeast Regional line? The 176 Northeast leaves 5 minutes after the Acela Express and it's half the price. Plus, I believe we used this same line for DC to Boston last time.

      Why 2164 Acela over 176 Northeast Regional?

      I gotta concur... While the Acela is undeniably nice, I think me and my buddy are going to end up on the NE Regional 174 (Leaves Baltimore at 11:10, Arrives in Back Bay at 6:19) for $130 vs $354 for the Acela 2164. If anyone else is considering that train, let me know!

      Because, judging on rumblings going on in the travel thread, and the fact that it gets in at 6:30 instead of 8, I figured it was be the more popular choice. Also, if you're going to get on the northeast regional, you should hop on the 176. In case enough people are against the Acela, the 176 would the the train of choice given the arrival times from the other two trains.

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    • DaNerdDaNerd Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Line: Sonic
      Name: Ian
      Location: Brooklyn, NY
      Boarding Stop: NYC
      Ticket Purchased: N

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    • antheremantherem Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      The hotel I wanna book at doesn't have Sunday night availabilities (2-beds, Westin Waterfront).. which therefore practically eliminating the option of train... curse our double bedroom requirements.

      Alternately you could fly back, or troll the room share threads for people who are taking the train both ways and have space in their rooms. Or if you don't mind sitting in Penn Station for 5 hours overnight, you can take the Northeast Regional to the Maple Leaf at 9:25 PM. (I considered this, but decided to stay the extra night.)

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    • BigSassyBigSassy Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Moe Fwacky wrote: »
      Because, judging on rumblings going on in the travel thread, and the fact that it gets in at 6:30 instead of 8, I figured it was be the more popular choice. Also, if you're going to get on the northeast regional, you should hop on the 176. In case enough people are against the Acela, the 176 would the the train of choice given the arrival times from the other two trains.

      I hear what you're saying, but given the choice between having an extra hour of travel (Regional 176) and paying an extra $224 (Acela) I'd imagine most people will want to save the money. And I'm sure many people will make that choice even though the official PAX train is the Acela.

      I'd really hate to see the PAX people get split up to multiple trains. Is there anyway you'd reconsider updating your post so that it's the 176 Regional instead of the Acela so everyone is on the same page?

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    • devslashnulldevslashnull Registered User
      edited October 2010
      For folks taking the Sonic Line, we all took the Northeast Regional 176 last year. It really worked out the best and saved everyone a ton of money that they could then spend at PAX instead of handing over to Amtrak. That hour and a half saved on the Acela doesn't provide any true benefit.

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    • devslashnulldevslashnull Registered User
      edited October 2010
      Name: Gabriel Preston
      Location: Philadelphia, PA
      Boarding Stop: Philadelphia, PA
      Ticket Purchased: N (but will be the Northeast Regional 176 again this year)

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    • antheremantherem Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      I think the issue with the Northeast Regional as opposed to the Acela was that folks connecting from the Metroid Line can't make the 174, so they'd have to take the 176 and miss the Big Damn Dinner or bar crawl or what have you.

      That, and it's funny to call it the Sonic Line.

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    • flatlineflatline Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      antherem wrote: »
      I think the issue with the Northeast Regional as opposed to the Acela was that folks connecting from the Metroid Line can't make the 174, so they'd have to take the 176 and miss the Big Damn Dinner or bar crawl or what have you.

      That, and it's funny to call it the Sonic Line.

      Everything is starting earlier this year - the Pre-PAX dinner is at 5:30 on Thursday, and the Pub Crawl is starting (I believe) at 7:00 or so, so even the Acela is going to be too late this year for either of those, really. Since that is the case, I guess my buddy and I can catch the 176 instead of the 174.

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    • antheremantherem Registered User regular
      edited October 2010
      Things are so much simpler out here in the boonies, where there's one train a day so nothing to think about. You city slickers and your ubiquitous mass transportation. :P

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