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Sep. 22nd, 2004 | 10:02 pm

I took the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose, where I picked up the Caltrain to get into San Francisco. The was only one power outlet in the car I was in, and I only found because some other geek was suckling from it.

There is one incomprehensibly lame thing about this Amtrak route. Since Amtrak leases the rail from some freight lines, the freight trains have the right of way. This means that twice the train got stuck between freight trains moving really slowly. So I ended up in San Jose about 45 minutes late, which means I missed the connecting train I was intending to take.

As a result I ended up in at the cal train station at 0:30, and was wandering my way to the hostel at about 1:30 (am), which was, shall we say, slightly creepy.

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from: dieppe
date: Sep. 23rd, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)

Pack a power strip or small 3x power plug on your way back? :)

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 23rd, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)

I decided that although riding the train one would would be an interesting adventure, since it takes a long time I decided to fly back.

But next time I try amtrak, I'm either seeing if there's a business class or I'll pack a power strip.

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