Riding the rails in style has never been easier! This is the definitive guide to North American train travel, complete with booking procedures, onboard etiquette, maps, floor plans for typical coach and sleeping cars and more. It reflects the recent, sweeping changes at Amtrak, North America's largest passenger rail system.
|Publisher:||Chicago Review Press, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||Third edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
About 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 several times. He is a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers and was elected to NARP's Council of Representatives, the governing body of the organization.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!!
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!
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.