As you may have seen, the 2-day itinerary has been published now that the Greenbush schedule is known.
I've put Greenbush on Saturday to accommodate the most potential people, however the drawback in doign a quick fest that will also include rides to Kingston/Route 3 and Cordage/Plymouth on the commuter lines and most likely some Green Line streetcar rides as well, is that we have to start out very early for Greenbush at 8:15 AM. Please keep that in mind when making your hotel reservations, in case you have to take another train into the city.
As of now I've ended up with reservations for the Doubletree in Lowell, which for now has plenty of rooms that weekend and has a courtesy van to the Lowell "T" station. If you are willing to reserve a "Net Direct" rate (immediate charge, non-refundable), a room can be had for as little as $95.20 per night. However add to the cost of the round trips on the "T" Lowell Line out of North Station.
I am considering leaving Boston on Saturday night on Amtrak Regional 169, which would get me back to NJ after 11 PM and home around 12 midnight. You may consider this yourself if hotel rates are prohibitive and you don't wish to wait for the 11:10 AM Acela on Sunday morning.
On Friday, plan on lunch at Providence Place. Some of you who don't wish to stay in Boston Thursday night for financial reasons could consider coming up from points south and meeting us in Providence. (Acela #2150 or Regionals #190 or #170 would get you to PVD with enough time to join us for lunch.) You would only have missed riding the Stoughton Branch. Dinner at South Station a little before 6 PM.
Saturday's meals will be lunch at Nana's Pizza and Subs in Whitman, and dinner is scheduled to be at Cambridgeside Galleria, although this may be rushed for those who might be catching Regional #169 south.
We should have a great time in Boston. Remember, there is no planning committee, no forms to fill out, no cutoff dates... Just let me know whether you can make it, or else just show up in Boston on that Friday or Saturday and you are more than welcome to join us! You can also join us later in the day or split from the group early if you have other plans.