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All Aboard : The Complete North American Train Travel Guide - Jim Loomis

All Aboard

The Complete North American Train Travel Guide


Published: 24th January 2011
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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. 

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.

ISBN: 9781569768495
ISBN-10: 1569768498
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 24th January 2011
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Edition Type: Third Edition,