All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide

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Chicago Review Press, Jan 24, 2011 - Transportation - 368 pages
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Written for both veterans and those considering their first rail journey, this guide is an expansive resource for train travel and the broader world of rail transit in the United States and Canada. Bridging the past with the present, the handbook explores the origins of the rail systems, the monumental task of building America's first trans-continental railroad, passenger and freight railroad operations, and the differences between the various lines. The new edition includes updated information on ticketing procedures, routes, Amtrak's simplified fare structures, and the explosion of railroad-related data such as schedules and ticket purchase options available on the internet. In addition to offering time-tested advice on finding the lowest fares, avoiding pitfalls, packing for an overnight trip, when to board, and whom to tip and how much, the reference presents a number of rail itineraries-from day trips to see the colors of the fall season to lengthy journeys that will take more adventurous travelers around the entire country. A perspective on high-speed lines-such as proposed links between Los Angeles and San Francisco and Chicago to St. Louis-envisions the future of rail transportation.
 

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Anyone contemplating a train trip would be wise to read this guide by Loomis, the travel writer for the Honolulu Advertiser. After outlining the history of the railway system in the United States and ... Read full review

Contents

WHY TAKE A TRAIN?
1
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
7
AMTRAK TO THE RESCUE
23
PLANNING YOUR OWN TRAIN TRIP
37
PACKING AND LASTMINUTE DETAILS
65
LIFE ONBOARD
75
WHOS IN CHARGE HERE?
105
WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
127
TAKING THE TRAIN IN CANADA
221
MEXICOS COPPER CANYON TRAIN
241
WILL THERE BE TRAINS IN OUR FUTURE?
253
APPENDIX A PICK A TRAIN ANY TRAIN
269
APPENDIX B SUGGESTED ITINERARIES
309
APPENDIX C RAILROAD TERMS AND SLANG
319
APPENDIX D HOW TO FIND A RAILSAVVY TRAVEL AGENT
341
APPENDIX E PASSENGER RAIL ADVOCATES
343

PASSENGER TRAIN EQUIPMENT
137
HOW IT ALL WORKS
159
WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE FREIGHT TRAINS?
197
SAFETY IS PRIORITY NUMBER ONE
209
APPENDIX F EXCURSION TRAINS AND RAILROAD MUSEUMS
345
INDEX
349
Back Cover
355
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Jim Loomis is a writer whose columns on train travel have appeared in publications such as the Dallas Morning News, Family Motorcoaching, Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star Bulletin, and International Living. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. He lives in Haiku, Hawaii.

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