Join our train ride to PyCon 🚅
Are you traveling to PyCon from California or Southern Oregon? Are you interested in traveling with other friendly Python folks? We would love you to join us on a northbound train ride to PyCon!
We'll be taking the train that heads through Southern California on Thursday May 26, 2016 and arrives in Portland on Friday May 27.
Why are we doing this? 😕
One of us (Trey) took the train up to Portland last year and thought it was pretty fun. The ride is very long but the seats are big and the view is really cool.
Isn't the train ride really long? 😩
Yes. From Los Angeles, the ride is about 29 hours. The length is part of the fun though. This is the unconference before the conference. If you're worried about sitting in a chair the whole time, know that there are multiple opportunities to stretch at stations and you can always take a stroll from one end of the train to the other to keep your legs moving. You can also hang out at one of the tables in the observatory car for a change of pace or eat lunch and dinner in the dining car to socialize over a meal.
Can you actually sleep on the train? 💤
Hopefully. They turn off the lights and stop announcing stops late at night so you'll have a dark and relatively quieter sleeping situation (with the hum of the train tracks to lull you to sleep). Another thing to keep in mind is that, unlike airplanes, talking people and parents with crying children have the opportunity to move to the observatory car to avoid waking others. The seats are also much larger than economy class seats on airplanes and they recline much further back.
Is there Internet on the train? 📶
No. There is no Internet on the train. You will either need to bring a hotspot, make your commits locally, or give up on working and read a good book or have a conversation with those around. You could also bring your 3DS and join Kat in playing Pokémon.
This is a beautiful trip ☁️
You'll need to check the Amtrak website to see when the train stops in your city (you may need a connecting train).
Make sure to set PDX as the destination and choose the appropriate date (May 26 up to Sacramento and May 27 afterward).
|SAN||San Diego||May 26 at 6:00am|
|ANA||Anaheim||May 26 at 8:04am|
|LAX||Los Angeles||May 26 at 10:10am|
|SBA||Santa Barbara||May 26 at 12:40pm|
|SLO||San Luis Obispo||May 26 at 3:35pm|
|SJC||San Jose||May 26 at 8:23pm|
|SAC||Sacramento||May 26 at 11:59pm|
|RDD||Redding||May 27 at 3:06am|
|KFS||Klamath Falls||May 27 at 8:17pm|
|EUG||Eugene||May 27 at 12:36pm|
|PDX||Portland||May 27 at 3:32pm|
Who will be on the train? 👥
These really cool people have already got their ticket for the train!
We want you to join us! 😮
If you'd like to join us on this scenic journey, you'll need to buy a train ticket. There's only one train each day, so you just need to make sure you'll be on the Coast Starlight train arriving in Portland on May 27. There is a special Amtrak discount code for PyCon which you'll want to use.
If you're thinking of joining us, please let us know! We'd love to know who you are and exchange contact information with you so you can find us on the train.
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I'm traveling from the North? 💔
What if you want to take the train but you're coming from the North and not the South?
Good news! There are two groups of folks taking the same train down departing from Seattle and Vancouver. You can hop on their train and join the fun. You might want to reach out to the organizers beforehand though.