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All aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guideby Jim Loomis
Synopses & Reviews
It's about the journey, not the destination.
All Aboard--first published in 1995, and here completely revised and updated--is much more than just a mile-by-mile scenery guide for train travelers. Written both for veteran train travelers and those considering their first rail journey, it will make any trip smoother and more enjoyable with its insightful travel trips and information about how railroads operate. With trains attracting new riders in record numbers because of the economy, the price of gasoline, and the delays and crowding that are now the norm when traveling by air, the time is perfect for a new edition of All Aboard. Here you can learn how and why the first railroads came about, the building of America's trans-continental railroad, and how individual trains are operated. The author also offers advice that can only come from a veteran traveler: booking trips, finding the lowest fares, avoiding pitfalls, packing for an overnight trip, what to do on board, whom to tip and how much. All Aboard is the ultimate guide to American train travel and its unique history and culture.
All Aboard-here completely revised and updated-is much more than just a mile-by-mile scenery guide for train travelers. Written for both veterans and novices of rail travel, it will make any trip run smoothly and enjoyably with its insightful tips and information about how railroads operate. Author and expert rail traveler Jim Loomis offers not only well-tested itineraries based on his intricate knowledge of North American routes and the best times to ride them, but he also provides invaluable advice on the nitty-gritty: booking trips, finding the lowest fares, knowing which onboard staff members to tip and how much, packing for an overnight trip, and even maneuvering in those cramped sleeping-car bathrooms.
About the Author
Jim Loomis writes frequent columns about train travel for Sunday newspaper travel sections and has ridden every one of Amtraks routes, including taking all their long-distance trains several times. He is a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers and was elected to NARP's Council of Representatives, the governing body of the organization.
Table of Contents
Why take a train? — How it all began — Amtrak to the rescue — Planning your own train trip — Packing and last-minute details — Life onboard — Who's in charge here? — When things go wrong — Passenger train equipment — How it all works — What about all those freight trains? — Safety is priority number one — Taking the train in Canada — Mexico's Copper Canyon train — Will there be trains in our future? — Appendix A: Pick a train, any train — Appendix B: Suggested itineraries — Appendix C: Railroad terms and slang — Appendix D: How to find a rail-savvy travel agent — Appendix E: Passenger rail advocates — Appendix F: Excursion trains and railroad museums.
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