Amtrak Is Running A Special Train To View The Solar Eclipse

Amtrak Is Running A Special Train To View The Solar Eclipse
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In less than a day, the rail line sold out hundreds of special tickets for the upcoming eclipse, which will take passengers to the best viewing spot in Illinois

Ivanha Paz
  • 21 august 2017

Amtrak is cashing in on Monday’s solar eclipse by offering passengers a ticket to the best eclipse-watching location in the whole of Illinois. The company bet that at least 400 people would be interested in getting a prime view of the first solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979—which is estimated to last about two and a half minutes.

It seems like Amtrak was right on target, as all 409 available eclipse train tickets sold out in less than a day. The train will depart from Chicago’s Union Station at 3 a.m. and stop in Champaign, Illinois at 5:05 a.m. to arrive in Carbondale in time for the highly anticipated astrological phenomenon. Tickets cost $153 from Chicago and $90 from Champaign.

After a whole day of activities and viewing options, along with vendors who will all be taking part in the Amtrak-sponsored Carbondale Eclipse celebration, the train will leave by 5:15 p.m. Eclipse-viewing glasses will be provided courtesy of Amtrak.

Amtrak | Carbondale Eclipse

Amtrak is cashing in on Monday’s solar eclipse by offering passengers a ticket to the best eclipse-watching location in the whole of Illinois. The company bet that at least 400 people would be interested in getting a prime view of the first solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979—which is estimated to last about two and a half minutes.

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