By Gabriel Neeb

Traveling to the San Diego Comic Convention has never been easy. Between traffic jams on the freeway and the clogged downtown streets, getting to the convention has been a struggle all by itself, requiring just as much planning as navigating the Convention. Savvy attendees have often resorted to using the train, especially those coming from areas beyond San Diego city limits.

Yesterday, even that proved to be troublesome. Amtrak Train 770 running from Goleta (Santa Barbara) to San Diego broke down near Carlsbad, California resulting in a three hour delay while rail workers labored to correct the issue. First reported on the ‘comiccon’ subreddit ( by user ‘SauCyBoi’, the delay was just another in a series of problems that have plagued the train lines between San Diego and the cities north of the San Diego County line.

Progress Tracker for Pacific Surfliner Train 770 (

Heavy rains resulting in erosion of cliffs near the tracks had closed the line for several months. Even when it reopened, the line had to be closed again for similar issues. The line was reopened on Monday, July 17 and had reported reasonably smooth operation until today.

The trains between San Diego and parts north will be heavily utilized not only by Convention attendees but also horse racing fans as Opening Day for the Del Mar Racetrack is Friday, July 21.

Cross your fingers, everyone.

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