Rolling geek tweetup on Amtrak gets temporarily delayed by broken-down train

May 24, 2012|Gus G. Sentementes

Today is a big day for Baltimore (and East Coast) geekdom. It's Geeks on a Train: a rolling tweetup that started in Washington DC this morning, with a denizen of DC techies and entrepreneurs boarding an Amtrak train. The itinerary: stop at Baltimore and other major stops along the East Coast Amtrak corridor and connect with geeks and techies in other cities, all the way up to Boston.

But there was an early snafu. The #GeekTrain broke down somewhere around Odenton, Md. 

"Train now stuck and without power," tweeted @BenSlavin from the train. 

In Baltimore, this city's geek contingent waited at Penn Station -- maybe it should be called Geeks in a Station and not Geeks on a Train, tweeted Scott Paley. Baltimore entrepreneur Greg Cangialosi tweeted a picture of the board at Penn Station, with the Northeast Regional #172, from Washington to Boston, saying "DELAYED".

But alas, Amtrak sent a diesel engine to replace the electric one, some tweeters said. And the train, as of around 9:20 am, was heading into Baltimore. Though, apparently, the train is quite full.

Looks like the Geeks will be packed into the train cars, standing room only?

Follow #geektrain on Twitter for the group's updates. 

I'll be posting updates here, too.

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