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This fifth edition of USA by Rail features fully updated information on how to get the most out of rail travel across North America. John Pitt's comprehensive guide covers 25 long-distance train journeys across the United States, and 12 in Canada, taking in such highlights as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and Disney world. Experience the vast continent of North America in comfort with an every-changing view and the perfect companion: USA by Rail.
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Overview

This fifth edition of USA by Rail features fully updated information on how to get the most out of rail travel across North America. John Pitt's comprehensive guide covers 25 long-distance train journeys across the United States, and 12 in Canada, taking in such highlights as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and Disney world. Experience the vast continent of North America in comfort with an every-changing view and the perfect companion: USA by Rail.
Inside you will find: up-to-date timetables and rail pass information; sightseeing and accommodation in 38 major cities; 100 steam railways and museums; area maps and route plans; 37 long-distance routes in the USA and Canada.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841620695
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Bradt Guides Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

John Pitt has traveled the length and breadth of the United States by rail, acquiring a detailed knowledge that makes this guide invaluable for passengers. His articles on rail travel have appeared in the national press and specialist rail magazines. He lives in Dorchester, England.
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Table of Contents

Maps VI
USA Railways VI
The Pacific Northwest VIII
California IX
The Midwest X
The Northeast XI
Florida XII
Introduction XIII
Acknowledgements/List of maps XIV
Part 1 History and Travel Facts 1
Chapter 1 From Horsepower to Amtrak 3
The Iron Horse 3
The Golden Age 4
The Twentieth Century 9
Chapter 2 American Trains Today 13
Amtrak trains today 13
Non-Amtrak services 15
Amtrak facilities and services 16
Chapter 3 For The Visitor From Overseas 33
Documents 33
When to visit 35
Getting there 35
Money 36
Food 37
Drink 38
Accommodation 38
Sightseeing 40
Telephones 40
On-line communications 41
Postal service 41
Newspapers 42
Tipping 42
Car travel 42
Medical insurance 43
Crime 44
Drugs 44
Sex 45
Time zones 45
Public holidays 45
Working 46
Part 2 Trains and Routes in the United States 47
How to use Part Two 48
Chapter 4 The Coast Starlight: Seattle-Los Angeles 49
Chapter 5 The California Zephyr: Chicago-Emeryville (for San Francisco) 75
Chapter 6 The San Joaquins: San Francisco-Bakersfield (via Oakland) 98
Chapter 7 The Pacific Surfliner: Los Angeles-San Diego 102
Chapter 8 The Empire Builder: Chicago-Seattle 108
Chapter 9 The Empire Builder: Spokane-Portland 124
Chapter 10 The Southwest Chief: Chicago-Los Angeles 127
Chapter 11 The Sunset Limited: Orlando-Los Angeles 144
Chapter 12 The Texas Eagle: Chicago-San Antonio (for Los Angeles) 168
Chapter 13 The City of New Orleans: Chicago-New Orleans 182
Chapter 14 The Northeast Corridor: Boston-Washington 189
Chapter 15 The Northeast Corridor: New Haven-Springfield (for Boston) 209
Chapter 16 The Crescent: New York-New Orleans 211
Chapter 17 The Silver Star: New York-Miami 222
Chapter 18 The Silver Meteor: New York-Miami 237
Chapter 19 The Palmetto: New York-Miami (via Tampa) 242
Chapter 20 The Twilight Shoreliner: Boston-Newport News 246
Chapter 21 The Cardinal: Washington-Chicago 250
Chapter 22 The Adirondack: New York-Montreal 260
Chapter 23 The Vermonter: Washington-St Albans (for Montreal) 270
Chapter 24 The Lake Shore Limited: Boston/New York-Chicago 275
Chapter 25 The Capitol Limited: Washington-Chicago 286
Chapter 26 The Three Rivers: New York-Chicago 294
Chapter 27 The Maple Leaf: New York-Toronto 300
Chapter 28 The Lake Cities: Chicago-Pontiac 306
Chapter 29 Other Amtrak Trains 312
General information 312
The trains 312
Chapter 30 US Steam Today 317
Trains and routes 318
Part 3 On Canadian Rails 337
Chapter 31 Canada's Trains Today 339
VIA Rail 340
The Routes 348
Steam Trains in Canada 366
Appendix 1 The Internet 369
Appendix 2 Useful Addresses 372
Appendix 3 Ticketing Agents 377
Appendix 4 Further Reading 381
Index 383
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    brilliant book

    I've used this book as a guide on several lengthy Amtrak journeys, including a tremendous cross-country route from Florida to Los Angeles, and also on VIA Rail trains in Canada. The tips for accommodation and sightseeing were particularly useful as it meant I didn't have to lug around too many other books as well. USA by Rail gives all kinds of information for the journey and to help when planning routes and bookings in advance. The amount of detail is truly impressive. There are even articles about the building of the railroads and about steam trains you can ride now. The maps are very good, too. More photographs would have been nice but this is a minor point. The book is essential for travelling by train anywhere in North America, especially if this is a new experience for you.

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