Complete North American Train Travel Guide Book

The Complete North American Train Travel Guide

written by Jim Loomis

Complete Train Travel Guide Book

Having traveled almost every North American rail route at least once, Jim Loomis has the track record to write this information-packed guide to rail travel. This book “is written for the person who is naturally inquisitive, who notices and finds delight in little things, who knows that those who hurry miss a lot.”

After helping you decide whether train travel is right for you (and why car and plane travel might not be), Loomis gets into the finer points of traveling by train.

His detailed research reveals how to plan your trip; packing suggestions; booking procedures; schedules; on board etiquette; good places to stay for overnight stopovers; descriptions of scenic rail excursions; route maps of passenger trains in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; floor plans for typical coach and sleeping cars; folklore and history of railroading; safety information; and a professional railroading glossary. His creative, tried-and-true itineraries include fall-color routes, big city tours, grand and semi-grand tours, the Santa Fe trail, and “southern comfort.” Loomis even explains how many modern phrases have their roots in train travel.

He’ll help you get “over the hump,” while avoiding “hell on wheels,” know when you’re on a “doubleheader,” and see the “light at the end of the tunnel.”

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 Canada, Loomis describes in detail train equipment, jobs, routes, and schedules. A veteran train aficionado who has logged 60,000 miles by rail over the past ten years, Loomis portrays life on board a train, offering advice on dining protocol, sleeping arrangements, and tipping, as well as hints on “passing the time” (computing the train’s speed, listening in on “train talk,” and diverting the children).

This most comprehensive train travel guide book will assist the traveler in planning an excursion and executing it with minimum effort and maximum pleasure. Recommended for public libraries and large transportation collections.

Written for veterans of train travel and for those considering their first rail journey, this third edition (February 1, 2011) guide to rail travel in the U.S. and Canada includes updated information on routes, ticketing procedures, Amtrak’s simplified fare structure, finding the lowest fares while avoiding pitfalls, the future of rail travel, and more. 352 pages, 50 B&W photographs and illustrations, 15½”x 8½”, softcover. For Kindle version click here. All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide


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