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“Even for those with a working knowledge of train travel, this book is helpful. Highly recommended.” —Railroad History
“Loomis wants to overcome any trepidation you may have by explaining every part of the train and the trip in detail, and succeeds admirably; his recommendations are so enthusiastic and infectious you will soon find yourself looking for your nearest station! This is the essential reference for those who want to experience the magic of trains for themselves.” —San Diego Book Review
|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|
Posted December 11, 2011
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!!
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Posted December 10, 2014
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!
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Posted February 10, 2015
Loomis's guide to train travel should be a great help to anyone contemplating their first long-distance train trip. I've been riding Amtrak back and forth across the county for a few years now, so I can vouch for the accuracy of Loomis's book. His accounts of Amtrak service, of the major Amtrak stations, of what to expect while on board, and so on, certainly match my own experience. As a result, I have great confidence in the rest of his information and the soundness of his advice. In my case, I was able to benefit from his suggestions as to how to make train travel more comfortable and from his chapter on Canada's VIA Rail service, which I'll be riding for the first time this summer. The book is quite thorough — I'd be hard-pressed to think of a significant topic he fails to cover — and his prose is simple, straightforward, and genial. Not only will the book be helpful in planning your trip, it would be great fun to bring along with you, as I'll be doing in the future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.