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07 December 2004 @ 11:48 pm
Confusion 31 update  

Bought my train ticket on line (and got a 10% savings for doing so!). Now all I have to do is make a hotel reservation and buy a membership. I'm so there. Open up your windows....

Current Mood: excitedexcited
Mizz Laura Jeanmizzlaurajean on December 7th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC)
Hey that's an idea. what's a train ticket cost and how long does it take?
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 8th, 2004 12:09 am (UTC)

The Amtrak site quotes a base rate of $67 each way. To this I added $9 each way for an upgrade on the Chicago-Detroit legs for a Business Class seat, since the trains on that part of the run are reputed to be less comfortable. After they deducted my AAA discount and on-line discount (click on their Hot Deals link for details and the discount code), the total came to $126.54 round-trip.

I depart from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP) at 7:40 am, Thursday 20-JAN-05, arrive at Union Station in Chicago, IL at 3:45 pm (8 hours, 5 minutes), leave there at 6:00 pm, and finally arrive in Detroit, MI (DET) at 12:24 am (5 hours, 24 minutes), Friday 21-JAN-05.

The return trip is much the same: Detroit, MI (DET) 7:23 am, Monday 21-JAN-05, Union Station, Chicago, IL 11:59 am, leave there 2:10 pm, and arrive Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP) 10:25 pm, 24-JAN-05.

The Minneapolis-Chicago legs are Non-Smoking Reserved Coach seat with Checked baggage, Dining car, and Lounge; the Chicago-Detroit legs are Non-smoking Business Class seat with Snack car.

I'm not sure of the details of how the whole "getting to the hotel from the middle of Detroit at half-past-midnight with my guitar and bags" thing will work, but there're probably cabs available.

All in all, I reckon it'll be a bargain for me, when compared to the number of hours it takes to drive combined with the annoyance and tension of driving through the usual blizzard (and cost of a couple of tanks of gas each way). But, as they say, YMMV....

Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 9th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
Peter Hentgesjbru on December 7th, 2004 10:32 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! Glad the train worked out. Now, of course, there will be no blizzard.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 8th, 2004 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! Don't be too sure of that—there'll be others driving…
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on December 7th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)

Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on December 8th, 2004 12:11 am (UTC)
It helped that you mentioned it to my Incrediblesweetie. Thanks.
Stephen Leighsleigh on December 8th, 2004 03:49 am (UTC)
Annenetmouse on December 9th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC)
Double Yay!

I do hope you don't get slowed down by crazy weather. Keep in mind that if you do and you are absolutely dying to sleep but stuck on a cold train at 3 am or something like that you can also get off the train in Ann Arbor and crash for the night at my house. I won't be there but my husband will, and the Ann Arbor train station is only 5 minutes away from our place. In good weather Detroit is only 50 minutes past Ann Arbor, and yes, there should be cabs. But give my cell a buzz half an hour before you're due to arrive at the station and if I'm up I'll see if there are lively people to dispatch your way. If I'm not up, the phone will be off.

I have had perfectly fine luck with Amtrak but Bill has had a lousy time with them (delays mostly) so I don't feel I can be completely upbeat about the odds of delays.