PLATFORMS of TOTALITY
AMTRAK & VIA RAIL

by Bradley L. Bartz

Let the planning begin! Amtrak is a boon for this full eclipse of the sun on April 8, 2024. 4/8/2024. 4-8.
48 Amtrak & Via Rails Stations are in the path of totality and a few a just walking distance to total darkness.


CITY
Time in Totality
1. Del Rio 3:25
2. Temple 3:41
3. McGregor 4:23
4. Austin 1:49
5. Taylor 1:48
6. Cleburne 3:41
7. Ft. Worth 2:33
8. Dallas 3:49
9. Miniola 3:45
10. Little Rock 2:28
11. Newport 3:08
12. Texarkana 2:25
13. Malvern 2:22
14. Arkdelphia 2:07
15. Walnut Ridge 3:47
16. Popular Bluff 4:08
17. Carbondale 4:08
18. DuQuoin 3:54
19. Centralia 2:46
20. Crawfordsville 0:47
21. Effingham 1:13
22. Pocahontas 4:03
23. Indianapolis 3:48
24. Connersville 3:44
25. Hamilton 1:36
26. Sandusky 3:44
27. Forstoria 3:44
28. Elyria 3:52
29. Akron 2:45
30. Youngstown*Close but no cigar* 0:00
31. Toledo 2:00
32. Detroit *Close but no cigar* 0:00
33. Erie 3:41
34. Cleveland 3:48
35. Jamestown 2:28
36. Fredonia 3:40
37. Dunkirk 3:42
38. Buffalo 3:45
39. Niagara Falls 3:30
40. St. Catherines 3:12
41. Grimsby 2:44
42. Rochester 3:38
43. Plattsburgh 3:33
44. Wesport (Lake Placid) 3:18
45. St. Albans 3:32
46. Burllington-Essex Junction 3:15
47. Waterbury-Stowe 2:24
48. Montpelier 1:35
49. Port Henry 1:56
50. Montreal 1:34

AMTRAK & VIA RAIL
PLATFORMS OF TOTALITY

Let the planning begin! Amtrak is a boon for this full eclipse of the sun on April 8, 2024. 4/8/2024. 4-8. 48 Amtrak & Via Rails Stations are in the path of totality and a few a just walking distance to total darkness.

TEXAS

1. (DRT) - Del Rio, Texas - Three minutes and 25 seconds of full bliss can be had in this border town Amtrak Station. 100 North Main Street, Del Rio, Texas 78840. This station has no services. The best hotel in town is Ramada by Wyndham Del Rio.

https://www.nps.gov/amis/index.htm

A Borderland Paradise
An oasis in the desert, Amistad National Recreation Area consists of the US portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Amistad, whose name comes from the Spanish word meaning friendship, is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing, and its rich cultural history. Amistad is also home to a wide variety of plant and animal life above and below the water.

2. (TPL) Temple, Texas
315 West Avenue B
Temple, TX 76501.

3:41 in Totality is an incredibly long time. I’m betting Texans and visitors will be horse from yellin’ and a screamin’ in joy. The best hotel in town is In The Creek. April in Texas is blooming in yellow and blues of full spring.

3. (MCG) McGregor, Texas
1 Amtrak Boulevard
McGregor, TX 76657

4:23. Now, hold your horses Batman. That is Four Minutes and Twenty-Three Seconds of Totality. This Texas location is going to be eclipse central!

According the McGregor city website: This largely rural community provides a variety of industrial, commercial and retail opportunities. The McGregor Industrial Park covers over 9,600 acres. SpaceX and Ferguson are the anchor tenants in the McGregor Industrial Park. The best hotel in town is called 1700 South 2nd. Ok, this is in Waco, Texas, but so what!

4:12 in Totality in a 4 star hotel. That is the way to go.

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2024Apr08Tgoogle.html

NASA IS PUBLIC DOMAIN -- You Already Paid For It.

Where will you go on April 8, 2018 to witness the miracle (ok, not so much), but the oh so very cool full solar eclipse. Use the above link to pinpoint your point of totality. My numbers on the left are estimates for each city. Now, my question is where will I be?

I choose Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. Something spectacular can happen for you at any location along totality. Magic. Even traffic is ok as the passengers in the other cars are happy and sappy too!

When is too early!? to start planning? Five years ahead. Yes!

This time, I want to be in the path of totality for days before. You will read our Amtrak Adventure Across America with a stop in St. Louis Missouri for the total eclipse on August 21, 2017. We went to the Dew Drop Inn, Bloomsdale, Missouri who will get 2 minutes of totality again in 2024! X Marks the Spot!

Big list of things to bring? For the camera guy, yes, otherwise, bring a chair and shade umbrella. Champagne is a must! Read on for what we brought and missed on our journey to St. Louis from LAX on Amtrak for the August 21, 2017 eclipse.

AMTRAK & VIA RAIL
PLATFORMS of TOTALITY

4. (AUS) Austin, Texas
250 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78703

On the edge of Texas culture, Austin is blessed with over a minute of Totality. The relaxed citizens don’t have to go far to increase pleasure. A pleasure it will be. Amtrak describes Austin as: The brick depot was built in 1947 for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Austin, a center of high-tech industry as well as the state capital, also styles itself the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

Four Seasons and the Fairmont Austin Gold Experience are the best hotels in town. It may be better to find a place north west of Austin that has a higher time in Totality.

5. (TAY) Taylor, Texas
118 East First Street
Union Pacific Yard Office
Taylor, TX 76574-3627

Just a platform. Time it right and you might be on a train that rolls in, stops (please Amtrak, pay attention) and allows you off to see the miracle of the eclipse and then move on! The Westin Austin at The Domain is the best choice, but the Best Western is only 2 mils from downtown Taylor.

6. (CBR) Cleburne, Texas
Intermodal Transportation Depot
206 North Border Street
Cleburne Intermodal Depot
Cleburne, TX 76031-4236

Amtrak says: Founded in 1854, Cleburne grew as an agricultural, ranching and railroad center. The Intermodal Transportation Depot, constructed in 1999, serves Amtrak and local bus transit.

The Inn on Lake Granbury is the place to be for luxury and a minute or so of Totality. Liberty Hotel in downtown Cleburne is expected to not see for 3:44. Wow.

7. (FTW) Ft. Worth, Texas
1001 Jones Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Forth Worth is going to get 2:33 in solar eclipse totality. Amtrak says: Located near Sundance Square and the Botanical and Water Gardens, the intermodal transportation center is known for its soaring clock tower.

The Worthington Residence Fort Worth Hotel is a great choice for enjoying family and the eclipse. Get a picnic basket and head out for the day! Get to the red line.

8. (DAL) Dallas, Texas
400 South Houston Street Dallas, TX 75202-4840

Amtrak says: Opened in 1916, the Beaux-Arts Union Station was renovated to serve as an events space and intermodal center. It is used by DART light rail, TRE commuter trains, local buses and Amtrak. .

The Ritz Carlton is the magical place ot not have to leave the hotel and get 3:49 of totality!

9. (MIN) Mineola, Texas
Station Building (with waiting room)
115 East Front Street
Mineola, TX 75773-2453

Head over to the Mill Creek Ranch Restort in Canton, Texas for 4:06 of blissful totality! Expedia says: This family-friendly Canton cottage is within 2 mi (3 km) of First Monday Trade Days, Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark, and Old Mill Marketplace. Twin Lakes Golf Course is 10.3 mi (16.6 km) away.

10. (SAS) San Antonio, Texas
Station Building (with waiting room)
350 Hoefgen Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Horseshoe Bay Resort - 4:16 in totality so worth the car rental and drive. Stay a few days! Play golf during totality! Expedia says: This family-friendly Horseshoe Bay hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Slick Rock Golf Course and Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Marina. Apple Rock Gulf Course and Ram Rock Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

This is from the Ritz Carlton, Dallas, Texas. 18:42:37.3 is Universal Time for the Maximum eclipse. Central Time| subtract 5 hours from UTC (-6 hours if daylight savings time!?) So, the total eclipse at Ritz Carlton in Dallas will be 12:42pm. Right smack in the afternoon picnic time! Best to get early, e.g. 12:42pm as that is six hours off of Universal Time. If we sleep in on Daylight Savings, then -5 is 1:42pm. So we won’t miss it!

ARKANSAS

11. (TXA) Texarkana, Arkansas
Station Building (with waiting room)
100 East Front Street
Texarkana, AR 71854-5907

Comfort Suites Idabel. Just three miles from Muscle Car Legends Museum this is a great play to go!

Ok, you can stay any where in Texarkana and get totality.

12. (ARK) Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Station Building (with waiting room)
798 South 5th Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923-6237

Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa
Magic Springs and Crystal Falls and Hot Springs National Park AND 4:10 of total blackout of the sun. This looks like a fabulous destination. Book early.

13. (MVN) Malvern, Arkansas
Platform with Shelter
200 East First Street
Malvern, AR 72104-3922

Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast. With 3:40 in sweet darkness the Hiltop Manor will be the proper place for a bottle of red and some friends. Visit the Magic Spring Theme and Water Park too!

14. (LRK) Little Rock, Arkansas
Union Station
Station Building (with waiting room)
1400 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Little Rock Marriott sounds like a band and for 2:26 it will be silent night during the day! Rock on little brother Rock on.

15. (WNR) Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Station Building (with waiting room)
109 Southwest Front Street
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Pocahontas.

MISSOURI

16. (PBF) Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Station Building (with waiting room)
400 South Main Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901-585

ILLINOIS

17. (CDL) Carbondale, Illinois
Station Building (with waiting room)
401 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901

Kite Hill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast. Stop looking, Start Booking. No other words will suffice. 4:08. Four minutes and eight seconds of totality will feel like a rush of heaven at Kite Hill. Make sure you ask for the picnic basket and house red wine.

18. (CEN) Centralia, Illinois
Station Building (with waiting room)
110 South Oak St.
Centralia, IL 62801-3526

Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon. 3:41 in black and near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

19. (EFG) Effingham, Illinois
Station Building (with waiting room)
401 West National Avenue
Effingham, IL 62401

INDIANA

20. (CRF) Crawfordsville, Indiana
Platform with Shelter
400 North Green Street
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Go back three....save on the beer. It it not cold here.

21. (IND) Indianapolis, Indiana
Station Building (with waiting room)
350 South Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1198

Get back to work you lazy... oh wait! This is a holiday planner for the epic April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Time to stay at the Ironworks Hotel Indy.

The Indianapolis Art Center is close by. See art and watch totality for 3:36. Get back to work and book!

22. (COI) Connersville, Indiana
Platform with Shelter
1012 Eastern Avenue
Connersville, IN 47331

No question about it the founding father of Indiana is Philip W. Smith and he merry band of wine and beer makers led to a sleepy town of Richmond to back in spires of glory. Stay here:
Philip W. Smith Bed & Breakfast

OHIO

23. (TOL) Toledo, Ohio
Station Building (with waiting room)
415 Emerald Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604-8817

Staybridge Suites Toledo - Rossford - Perrysburg.
I would go to the Toledo Zoo for sure. 100%. With 2:14 of black totality the sound of the animals will be so interesting. Please leave your video camera on before, during and after. The sounds are amazing. Go here!

24. (SKY) Sandusky, Ohio
Station Building (with waiting room)
1200 North Depot Street
Sandusky, OH 44870-3165

The Bays Edge is the place to be in Sandusky, Ohio with 3:35 in 360 degree sunsets during totality. Yes! 360 degree sunset. Stunning. Got a drone? Send it up and capture the shadow of totality. It’s fast!

25. (ELY) Elyria, Ohio
Platform only (no shelter)
410 East River Road
Elyria, OH 44035

The Hotel At Oberlin adventures begin within walking distance at places like Allen Memorial Art Museum.

Keep stretching your shoes and goes to The Weltzheimer/Johnson House. You will love 3:51 in black.

26. (CLE) Cleveland, Ohio
Station Building (with waiting room)
200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Cleveland, OH 44114

Metropolitan at The 9, Autograph Collection. Stop planning and see the eclipse at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Get your mind blown and then your ears. With 3:49 its pop song length. Call the DJ. Make sure they are on their game! Rock on Cleveland.

PENNSYLVANIA

27. (ERI) Erie, Pennsylvania
Station Building (with waiting room)
125 West 14th Street
Erie, PA 16501

oh, boy, so many choices! The Seaons at Nicks Place because he named it so. But, the driveway leading to Maple Springs Lake Side Inn will capture your heart and your camera will capture 3:21 of God’s plan.

NEW YORK

28. (BUF) Depew, NY
Depew Station
Station Building (with waiting room)
55 Dick Road
Depew, NY 14043

Curtiss Hotel, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Staying here is great, but if you can’t make the five star budget, just a few miles away is max totality at the Tift Nature Preserve. Trust me anywhere in Buffalo will be great. Get an Air BnB early.

I’ll be in Niagara Falls across the border for 3:33. That is coming soon.

29. (ROC) Rochester, New York
Station Building (with waiting room)
320 Central Avenue
Rochester, NY 14605

Swing it, fling it and hang on at Frisbee Hill Park and get 3.43 to play in the dark! Will your dog be able to catch? Where to stay? Anywhere in Rochester is great, even if there is still snow on the ground.

30. (SYR) Syracuse, NY
Station Building
(with waiting room) and 1:24 in totality
1 Walsh Circle
Syracuse, NY 13208

Baldwinsville Bed and Breakfast and 2:45 @ 19:23 UT

31. (PRK) Port Kent, New York
Platform only (no shelter). Cool.
NY 373 and Lake Street
Port Kent, NY 12975

Can you count stars during the eclipse? Yes and you should stay at the Starlight Inn. 3:22 is plenty of time to count and be in complete awe. And please get a picture of this hotel’s sign in the eclipse and I’ll send you a signed copy! Thanks!

32. (WSP) Westport, New York
Station Building (with waiting room)
6705 Main Street
Westport, NY 12993

The Inn in Westport is within 25 miles of Vermont Teddy Bears. So, think about making a Solar Eclipse Bear in the morning and then see the 2:39 seconds of the eclipse in a park with your new friend. Or visit the state park from within.

33. (POH) Port Henry, NY
Station Building (with waiting room)
20 Park Place
Port Henry, NY 12974-1324

2:05 in Port Henry will be magical.

Porthenrymoriah.com says: Village Inn, 518 618-6757, 1 Star Way, Port Henry. 4 rooms in the center of the Village, with Red Brick Cafe.


34. (RSP) Rouses Point, New York
Platform only (no shelter)
68 Pratt Street
Rouses Point, NY 12979

The North Hero House is a hero because of 3:33, a lucky number for the Total Eclipse Crowd. Why? You will have to ask them here at The North Hero House!

VERMONT

35. (SAB) St Albans, Vermont
Station Building (with waiting room)
40 Federal Street
St Albans, VT 05478

Back Inn Time Bed & Breakfast. You will time travel when you experience the total eclipse. Only a 10 minute walk from St. Albans Amtrak station this is an old-world charmer.

36. (ESX) Essex Junction, Vermont
Station Building (with waiting room)
29 Railroad Avenue
Essex Junction, VT 05452

The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa. Head to Lake Champlain and pop the cork on champagne at max totality 19:27:52 UT. Pop it! Imagine again being in a hot air balloon when blackness and that amazing around the wheel sunset. Things to consider here. Stay a week in advance and participate in the build up.

37. (WAB) Waterbury, Vermont
Station Building (with waiting room)
US Highway 2 and Park Row
Waterbury, VT 05676

Edson Hill is just 10 miles from the Waterbury Amtrak station and is worlds away. Three minutes and Edson Hill will become forever yours.

38. (MPR) Montpelier, VT
Station Building (with waiting room)
297 Junction Road
Montpelier, VT 05602

This station will get you to Edson Hill too. But, let’s consider Hobble Inn located in Mt. Stowe, Vermont.

Did I mention that you can go skiing this time of year too! The top of the Gondola is #;03 in totality! Oh Man, this is looking better and better. Plan early and remember to get your lift tickets! ONTARIO, CANADA

39. Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada

Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa and book a room with a falls view. Then upgrade to get more falls view. Bring time lapse cameras and stick to the windows. Seeing the totality at Niagara Falls will be priceless. Take the time to be there a few days before and map where the sun will be and your shots.

All other places will seems dry compared to Niagara Falls in afternoon sunset. Book early and book often. The crowds will be intense so be prepared to camp for your spot early. See you there!

40. St. Catherine’s, Ontario

Woodbourne Inn reminds me to look at the shade from trees during the eclipse. In particular the leading movement of light is mesmerizing among the leaves. Sometimes seeing hundreds of eclipses on the ground!

41. Grimsby, Ontario

The Barracks Inn. Not quite Harry Potter, but Griffin House National Historic Site is close by. One minute and thirty-five seconds is historic!

Uh. The rooms are soundproof so you can really party hard and no one will care (or hear you!)

42. Kingston, Quebec, Canada

Residence Inn Kingston Water’s Edge. Get your party started at the Pump House Steam Museum and be prepared for 3:03 in a stuper. Catch pics of reflection of the eclipse off the water. Great choice in a great city.

43. Bellville, Quebec, Canada

Stay at the Newsroom Suites and hurry to Wellington Heritage Museum. 2:58 is wonderful and this town will capture your heart for days.

44. Brockville, Quebec, Canada

White Pillars Lodging. You will feel really smart here as there are so many universities close by. You may want to brink a pipe and a smoking jacket!. 3:14 in black and blue of totality will be the foundation for your vacation. Brockville everywhere is in for a wild ride. Enjoy every minute and shrare your bounty!

45. Miramichi, Halifax Canada

Kouchibouguac Resort is your farthest east point on the continent to see this total eclipse. Kouchibouguac National Park envelopes this resort and is worthy of your choice.

April 8, 2024 - 4/8/24 - April 8th - 4-8 --- 48 Train Platforms that give you 100% Totality.

Just book your trip of a lifetime and land anywhere in the curve from Del Rio Texas to Halifax, Canada. Stay with friends. Go camping. Go Skiing but you should stop during totality. It does get really dark and you want to hear it too. Breathe. Listen. Awe.

Amtrak and Via Rail websites are a bounty of information about what to do and where to stay at each destination. Over the next 69 months I will continue my trip planning and will write more.

Your inputs are needed and welcome. If you live near one o the lucky 48 train platforms tell us the best parks, views and pubs.

Email me at Bartz@ABCsolar.com. Yes, I am a solar energy professional for 18 years now. Following the sun is a daily event for me. The eclipse of 2017 captured my heart and drives me to learn more.

Thanks so much. And please remember.

DONT LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY

GET REAL ECLIPSE GLASSES. REALLY.

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