Amtrak solar eclipse train sold out

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Monday, August 7, 2017

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Amtrak planned a special train route to make the most out of the solar eclipse, but it was so popular that it sold out in the less than a day.

The Carbondale area in southern Illinois is considered the best place in the U.S. to see the total solar eclipse on August 21.

So at 3 a.m. on the morning of August 21 Amtrak will run a special train from Chicago to Carbondale. The train route was so popular that it sold out 22 hours after going on sale.

Amtrak says once the train is on its way its lights will be dim so people can take a nap.

There will be plenty to do once you get to Carbondale about 8:30 a.m.

"Go down there, you can spend the whole day, because there's an eclipse marketplace, music festival, there's lots of things going on, then the eclipse itself, at about 1:30 p.m.," said Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari.

After a full day of fun, Amtrak gets you back to Union Station before 11 p.m. that night.