All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide

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Written both for veteran train travelers and those considering their first rail journey, this guide book will make any trip smoother and more enjoyable with its insightful travel trips and lots of information about how railroads operate. The author explains how individual trains are operated and offers tips on booking trips, finding the lowest fares, packing for an overnight trip, what to do on board, and whom to tip and how much. This revised fourth edition includes a new chapter about eight major railway ...

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Overview

Written both for veteran train travelers and those considering their first rail journey, this guide book will make any trip smoother and more enjoyable with its insightful travel trips and lots of information about how railroads operate. The author explains how individual trains are operated and offers tips on booking trips, finding the lowest fares, packing for an overnight trip, what to do on board, and whom to tip and how much. This revised fourth edition includes a new chapter about eight major railway stations, and is updated throughout with new information and photographs. It discusses Amtrak’s new locomotives and Viewliner sleeping cars, changes in rules regarding pets and bicycles on American trains, and much, much more, making it the ultimate guide to American train travel and its unique history and culture.

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All Aboard is a comprehensive guide, of particular usefulness to generations that have grown up without train travel being a routine part of their lives.” —Pacific Northwest Rail News
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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: 9781569761762
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2015
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 171,356
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Loomis writes frequent columns about train travel for Sunday newspaper travel sections and has ridden every one of Amtrak’s routes, including taking all their long-distance trains multiple times, logging nearly 200,000 miles on trains in the U.S. alone. He has also traveled across Canada on VIA Rail five times and is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. He lives in Haiku, Hawaii.

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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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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!

    Great book for anyone contemplating a train journey. Interesting history of trains, the trials and tribulations of Amtrak and the hopes for the future. The book also has tips for high points of various trains, including which side of the train to sit on for the most scenic vistas. In addition, Mr. Loomis has included descriptions of the various crew member duties, how long they are on the trip with you as well as what to expect while on the train and even how much to tip the various crew members, both on the train and in the stations. The book has been revised in 2011 and updated to include the latest information. Thoroughly enjoyed it!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 10, 2014

    Olivia Eden Jiles

    My grandpa did an amazing job on his book. I have read some of it and for the record i am a kid, so take it from me. If you like to travel this is the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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