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I'm looking forward to getting up to New York, once we get vaccinated for the Covid 19, and to being greeted by the new part of Penn Station (images attached). One really nice thing about settling down for the sunset years here in Lynchburg is that Amtrak comes through here. We've used it to visit DC and NYC a number of times in the dozen years we've been here. I've used it to attend conferences of the American Philosophical Association in those cities and in Boston and Atlanta. When we arrive at Penn in NYC, we are able to just wheel our luggage over to the Hampton Inn nearby. Traveling northward through DC, there is a pause of about 35 minutes to change the locomotive from diesel-electric to electric, and that is enough time to get out and walk to Neuhaus Chocolates in Union Station.

If you have the time, travel by train is a very relaxed way to go. You can get up and move about, you can read, and you can enjoy the countryside. Most passengers nowadays are engaged with some sort of electronic medium. From the south, as you enter DC, the Jefferson memorial is nearby on your left.

OCON 2021 is being held in DC, and TOS-Con is being held in Boston.

 

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I already registered and paid for OCON 2021, carried over from last year.

I checked into Amtrak trains CLE-WAS-CLE. The cost is nearly the same as flying. I will keep it in mind. Washington, DC has a very nice Metro rail system.

 

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On 1/12/2021 at 8:03 AM, Boydstun said:

OCON 2021 is being held in DC

 

On 1/12/2021 at 10:52 AM, merjet said:

I already registered and paid for OCON 2021, carried over from last year.

I checked into Amtrak trains CLE-WAS-CLE. The cost is nearly the same as flying. I will keep it in mind. Washington, DC has a very nice Metro rail system

The place and dates of OCON 2021 have been changed -- to Austin, Texas, and August 27–September 1, 2021.
 

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