I have to attend a research workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 16 December. By then, I would be done with my Ph.D. qualifying exam. I have to be in USA till mid-January to get a cheaper ticket to fly back to India. Since I don’t have any family in USA to visit during Christmas, I have decided to visit my friends in north-east and north-west of USA. As I have plenty of time, it is time for me to explore USA through its trains. After some research, I decided that 30 day, 12 segment USA rail pass is the best option for my travelling during the month of December and January. I bought the USA rail pass on October 16 and made reservations.
The exciting part is, I will be saving a ton of carbon, exploring some of the remotest parts of USA, travelling comfortably while it is snowing outside, experiencing the train culture of USA, getting to know what it is to live in the northern parts of this country during winter. It has been more than three years for me in Berkeley. In summer 2011, I travelled across the country in a car with my parents. I was busy and tired driving. Yes, driving in certain parts of this country is a great experience but I have always been a huge fan of travelling by trains and there is nothing like peering through a window into the remoteness and vastness of this country.
I’m looking forward to the journey with excitement and anxiety. I’m travelling coach class. I know that it is not very comfortable to travel for 84 hours from Emeryville to Philadelphia. But the sleeper class will end up to be thrice as expensive. Also, I don’t want to spend a lot of money buying food on the train. I have to figure out how to optimally carry food for four days and if possible, some alcohol, so that I can get some good sleep during the night. I will soon be writing another post which will list all the questions that I had in my mind and the answers I found through different websites and my own personal travel experience. Stay with me!
|Train Name||Departure Station||Arrival Station||Duration||States (26 States in all)|
|California Zephyr||Dec 12th 9:10am||Dec 14th 2:50pm||51hr 40min||CA, NV, UT, CO, NB, IO, IL (7 new)|
|Cardinal / Hoosier State||Dec 14th 5:45pm||Dec 15th 8:20pm||25hr 35min||IL, IN, OH, KY, WV, VA, DC, MD, DL, PA (8 new)|
|Philadelphia||Newark||Will be in Philadelphia for 7 days|
|164 Northeast Regional||Dec 21st||Dec 21st||1hr 10min||PA, NJ (1 new)|
|Newark||Boston||Will be in Newark area for 5 days|
|170 Northeast Regional||Dec 27th 7:57 am||Dec 27th 12:44pm||4hr 47min||NJ, NY, CT, MA (3 new)|
|Boston||Chicago||Will be in Boston for 3 days|
|449 Lake Shore Limited||Dec 30th 12:00pm||Dec 31st 9:45am||22hr 45min||MA, NY, OH, IN, IL (0 new)|
|Chicago||Seattle||Will be in Chicago for 3 days|
|7 Empire Builder||Jan 3rd 2:15pm||Jan 5th 10:25am||46hr 10min||IL, WI, MN, ND, MT, ID, WA (6 new)|
|Seattle||Emeryville||Will be in Seattle for 4 days|
|11 Coast Starlight||Jan 9th 9:35am||Jan 10th 8:10am||22hr 35min||WA, OR, CA (1 new)|