Unfortunately, family health issues have prohibited me from attending the 2010 National Rally and I will not be able to be the Rally Train Conductor for this year.
We need somebody who is taking the Rally Train to Redmond and back, to step forward and be the Conductor for our train. It's not a tough job, but the group needs somebody to answer questions, interact with the Amtrak personnel, and herd the crowd to the right train at the right time. At least you will not have to keep track of the baggage cars that carried our bikes with us in '01!
(Chicago Yard-return trip '01:"why did you pull the emergency stop cord?" "where are our baggage cars?""why did you pull the cord?"" where are our bikes?? we are NOT leaving until the cars are attached to the train!")
Really, this year's train will be an easy one to take care of. Just keep track of the BMW riders on the train and have some fun and fellowship as the miles pass by your windows.
I have lots of experiences and advice to share for anybody who will take on the job. Just PM me and I will give you all my information and ideas (Tip#1: make the coach seats in the lower section of Superliner coach cars the Late Night area--keeps the noise down for the folks trying to sleep)
Please help your fellow bike+train riders and volunteer to be our Rally Train Conductor!
2010 Rally Train:
29 Capitol Limited 7/11/10 Lv. DC @4:05 pm - Ar. Chicago 7/12 @ 8:45 am
27 Empire Builder 7/12/10 Lv. Chicago 7/12@ 2:15pm - Ar. Portland 7/14@ 10:10
28 Empire Builder 7/22/10 Lv. Port. @ 4:45pm - Ar. Chicago 7/24@10:10am
30 Capitol Limited 7/24/10 Lv. Chicago@ 6:40pm - Ar. DC 7/25@1:10pm
2001 Rally Train Conductor