All Aboard!: The Complete Guide to North American Train Travel

All Aboard!: The Complete Guide to North American Train Travel

by Jim Loomis
     
 

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… See more details below

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761500001
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/21/1995
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.49(h) x 1.04(d)

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