USA by Rail, 8th: Plus Canada's Main Routes

Overview

Trains have had a strong hold on the popular imagination, inspiring countless stories, songs, scandals, films, and legends. Their rugged charm sets them apart from more mundane means of transport and their low environmental impact is of particular current interest. Pampered by helpful attendants, you can travel from coast to coast, explore the Rocky Mountains and ride directly alongside two oceans. Author John Pitt, describes more than 37 routes crisscrossing the USA and shows how to make the most of your rail ...

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Overview

Trains have had a strong hold on the popular imagination, inspiring countless stories, songs, scandals, films, and legends. Their rugged charm sets them apart from more mundane means of transport and their low environmental impact is of particular current interest. Pampered by helpful attendants, you can travel from coast to coast, explore the Rocky Mountains and ride directly alongside two oceans. Author John Pitt, describes more than 37 routes crisscrossing the USA and shows how to make the most of your rail pass. Maps, sightseeing and accommodation tips make this guide essential reading for all rail travelers.

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 "The best guidebook for the journey." - Sunday Telegraph "An excellent publication. Essential reading." - Today's Railways

 "The best guidebook for the journey." - Sunday Telegraph

"An excellent publication. Essential reading." - Today's Railways

"An excellent springboard to the many fascinating places to visit in North America. If you are travelling by rail in the States as a holiday, then this book is well worth its price." - Rail Magazine

"If you travel in the US (or Canada) by train, you'll find all you need here." - The Daily Telegraph

"From Boston to Washington, Chicago to Sacramento, New York to Miami and just about everywhere in between, the perfect train schedule is in this informative book. So pick it up and hop on board." - Footloose

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841623894
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: Eighth
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 362,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1990 John Pitt has traveled extensively in North America, including 80,000 miles by train. He contributes to various magazines and newspapers.

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‘Ever since they came on the scene, American trains have had a strong hold on the popular imagination, inspiring countless stories, songs, scandals, films and legends. Their rugged charm sets them apart from more mundane means of transport and their ecological soundness is again in fashion. Trains pollute less, rarely suffer from weather delays and won’t give you jet lag. You can choose your companions, read a book, let your thoughts unfurl, take a snooze, sleep horizontally and generally enjoy most of the comforts of home. One reason for travelling by train is especially compelling: it’s much more fun.

American passenger trains go to most big cities as well as to Disney World, Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. Pampered by helpful attendants, you can travel from coast to coast, explore the Rocky Mountains and ride directly alongside two oceans. You cross many rivers, lakes and deserts, often seeing places which cannot be visited any other way. Less expensive than flying, more comfortable than the bus, trains keep you relaxed and in touch with an ever-changing landscape as the world becomes a moving picture, framed.’

‘Not many people would mourn buses if they became obsolete, and few entertain fond thoughts about airports, but children still count freight cars and wave as the train goes by. Instead of leaving you exhausted and surly, trains create a sense of adventure and romance. No wonder many still find the sound of a locomotive whistle at midnight a sure sign that it’s time to move on. As the bell clangs and the conductor calls out ‘All aboo-aard!’, you soon discover why North American rail travel remains such a beguiling experience. ‘

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Author Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 From horsepower to Amtrak

Chapter 2 American Trains Today

Chapter 3 For the Visitor from Overseas

Chapter 4 The Coast Starlight Seattle-Los Angeles

Chapter 5 The California Zephyr Chicago-Emeryville (For San Francisco)

Chapter 6 The San Joaquins San Francisco-Bakersfield (via Emeryville/Oakland)

Chapter 7 The Pacific Surfliner Los Angeles-San Diego

Chapter 8 The Empire Builder Chicago -Seattle

Chapter 9 The Empire Builder Spokane-Portland

Chapter 10 The Southwest Chief Chicago-Los Angeles

Chapter 11 The Sunset Limited Orlando-Los Angeles

Chapter 12 The Texas Eagle Chicago-San Antonio (for Los Angeles)

Chapter 13 The City of New Orleans Chicago-New Orleans

Chapter 14 The Northeast Corridor Boston-Washington

Chapter 15 The Northeast Corridor New Haven-Springfield (for Boston)

Chapter 16 The Crescent   New York-New Orleans

Chapter 17 The Silver Star  New York-Miami

Chapter 18 The Silver Meteor New York-Miami

Chapter 19 The Northeast Corridor Boston-Newport News

Chapter 20 The Cardinal  New York-Chicago

Chapter 21 The Adirondack New York-Montreal

Chapter 22 The Vermonter  Washington-St Albans (for Montreal)

Chapter 23 The Lake Shore Limited Boston/New York-Chicago

Chapter 24 The Capitol Limited Washington-Chicago

Chapter 25 The Pennsylvanian  New York-Pittsburgh

Chapter 26 The Maple Leaf New York-Toronto

Chapter 27 The Wolverine  Chicago-Pontiac

Chapter 28 Other Amtrak Trains

Chapter 29 US Steam Today

Chapter 30 Canada’s Trains Today

Appendices and Index.

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