All Aboard!: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide

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There's nothing quite like the thrill of a train trip, traveling in comfort as you pass towns and meadows, venture through canyons, and cross over mountains. But in a territory as vast as North America, many of the best routes are easily overlooked — even by the most avid train travelers. Whether you're traveling from Los Mochis to Chihuahua, from Los Angeles to New York City, or from Vancouver to Halifax, this indispensable guide will teach you new ways to make your train ...
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Overview

There's nothing quite like the thrill of a train trip, traveling in comfort as you pass towns and meadows, venture through canyons, and cross over mountains. But in a territory as vast as North America, many of the best routes are easily overlooked — even by the most avid train travelers. Whether you're traveling from Los Mochis to Chihuahua, from Los Angeles to New York City, or from Vancouver to Halifax, this indispensable guide will teach you new ways to make your train experience even more enjoyable.



Everything you've ever wanted to know about trains and rail travel is here — from history to logistics. Longtime rail enthusiast Jim Loomis will help you plan a unique, memorable train excursion. Inside you'll find detailed and useful information such as:

Booking procedures
Schedules
Onboard etiquette
Rail Itineraries
Descriptions of scenic rail excursions
Route maps for passenger trains in the United States, Canada, and Mexico
Floor plans for typical coach and sleeping cars
And much more!

Along the way, you'll learn the fascinating folklore and history of railroading in North America; fundamentals of railroading operations, safety, and equipment; and professional railroading terms as explained in a full glossary.

Longtime rail enthusiast and travel writer Jim Loomis has assembled a practical guide that lauds the joys of stress-free train travel. With information about booking, schedules, on-board etiquette, and more, the book also features a fascinating history of railroading in North America. Maps.

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Library Journal
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 comprehensive guide 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.-Pamela Bellows, Northwestern Connecticut Community Technical Coll. Lib., Winsted, Ct.
Booknews
Revision of the first edition of 1995. Loomis guides the first-time rider from boarding to tipping. He also covers trackside signs, signals, fault detectors, causes of delays. Routes & sights on Amtrak & Via Rail are brief. Appendices deal with hotels, excursions, competent travel agents, RR terms. A good primer, a solid reference. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761510871
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/4/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 411
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Rediscovering the Train xi
Rail Travel Information Sources xiv
Amtrak's Rail Passenger System xvi
1 Why Take a Train? 1
2 How It All Began 7
3 Amtrak to the Rescue 24
4 Planning Your Own Train Trip 36
5 Packing and Last-Minute Details 67
6 Life on Board 76
7 Who's in Charge Here? 105
8 When Things Go Wrong 131
9 Passenger Train Equipment 140
10 How It All Works 158
11 What About All Those Freight Trains? 192
12 Safety--Priority Number One 203
13 Taking the Train in Canada 214
14 Traveling by Train in Mexico 230
15 Now, Where Would You Like to 60? 248
16 Is There a Train in Our Future? 291
Appendix A A Few Suggested Itineraries 305
Appendix B Good Places to Stay 312
Appendix C Excursion Trains and Railroad Museums 326
Appendix D Golden Spike Travel Agents 357
Appendix E Pro-Rail Associations 377
Railroad Terms and Slang 383
More Information About Trains and Train Travel 399
Index 403
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