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Join our train ride to PyCon ๐Ÿš…

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? ๐Ÿ˜•

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? ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

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? ๐Ÿ’ค

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? ๐Ÿ“ถ

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 Pokรฉmon.

This is a beautiful trip โ˜๏ธ

Schedule ๐Ÿ“†

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).

StationCityDeparture Time
SANSan DiegoMay 26 at 6:00am
ANAAnaheimMay 26 at 8:04am
LAXLos AngelesMay 26 at 10:10am
SBASanta BarbaraMay 26 at 12:40pm
SLOSan Luis ObispoMay 26 at 3:35pm
SJCSan JoseMay 26 at 8:23pm
SACSacramentoMay 26 at 11:59pm
RDDReddingMay 27 at 3:06am
KFSKlamath FallsMay 27 at 8:17pm
EUGEugeneMay 27 at 12:36pm
PDXPortlandMay 27 at 3:32pm

Who will be on the train? ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

These really cool people have already got their ticket for the train!

Trey's avatar

Trey Hunner

๐Ÿฆ @treyhunner
๐Ÿ’ป treyhunner.com

โฐ 26th 6:38am @ SOL

Kat's avatar

Kat On

๐Ÿฆ @squirrelmuffins
๐Ÿ’ป squirrelmuffins.com

โฐ 26th 6:38am @ SOL

George's avatar

George Khaburzaniya

๐Ÿ“ง dobleman@gmail.com

โฐ 26th 6:38am @ SOL

Min's avatar

Min Wang

๐Ÿฆ @desertmint

โฐ 26th 6:38am @ SOL

David's avatar

David Lord

๐Ÿ™ github.com/davidism

โฐ 26th 6:38am @ SOL

Daniel Alan's avatar

Daniel Alan Miller

๐Ÿฆ @dalanmiller
๐Ÿ’ป dalanmiller.com

โฐ 26th 8:23pm @ SJC

Al's avatar

Al Sweigart

๐Ÿฆ @AlSweigart
๐Ÿ’ป inventwithpython.com

โฐ 26th 8:23pm @ SJC

Akshit's avatar

Akshit Khurana

๐Ÿฆ @axitkhurana
๐Ÿ’ป axitkhurana.com

โฐ 26th 10:04pm @ EMY

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We want you to join us! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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.

Tell us who you are

If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to us at snakes@pythononrails.us.

What if I'm traveling from the North? ๐Ÿ’”

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.