All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide by Jim Loomis

By Jim Loomis

"This complete consultant will help the traveller in making plans an day trip and executing it with minimal attempt and greatest excitement" -Library magazine All Aboard-first released in 1995, and the following thoroughly revised and updated-is even more than simply a mile-by-mile surroundings consultant for educate tourists. it'll make any journey smoother and extra stress-free with its insightful trip journeys and data approximately how railroads function. With trains attracting new riders in checklist numbers, the time is ideal for a brand new version of All Aboard. All Aboard is greater than a typical trip advisor. the writer tells us how and why the 1st railroads happened, describes the development of America's trans-continental railroad, and explains how person trains are operated. He additionally bargains recommendation that could in simple terms come from a veteran tourist: reserving journeys, discovering the bottom fares, warding off pitfalls, packing for an in a single day journey, what to do on board, whom to tip and what kind of. This new, fourth variation encompasses a new bankruptcy approximately 8 significant railway stations, and is up to date all through with new info and images. It discusses Amtrak's new locomotives and Viewliner slumbering autos, alterations in ideas relating to pets and bicycles on American trains, and masses extra. Jim Loomis writes usually approximately teach shuttle for Sunday newspaper commute sections and has ridden each one of Amtrak's long-distance trains a number of occasions, logging approximately 200,000 miles. he's a member of the board of administrators of the nationwide organization of Railroad Passengers.

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That’s really quite extraordinary. S. cities, there will probably be several airlines from which to choose. But if it’s a longdistance train ride you’re after, Amtrak is your only option. The Amtrak system covers most parts of the continental United States, which means you can reach or get close to most major cities by train (see Amtrak’s system map on page 42). Before you begin to work out the details of any rail trip, however, there are a few things you should know about present-day train travel.

Many an Amtrak passenger who had written a letter of complaint about some lapse in service was surprised to receive a personal letter from Claytor himself, who assured them the matter would be addressed. One day at a time, Amtrak was working through many of its problems. Engineers and conductors, who had continued to be employees of the freight railroads over whose tracks Amtrak trains operated, became Amtrak employees. New contracts with labor unions resulted in more productivity from onboard crews.

And, of course, in that wonderful railroad tradition, the trains were all given names. Some were clearly regional (Connecticut Yankee, Southern Belle), while others touted destinations (Dixie Express, Texas Eagle). Some trains were named for people, both real and fictional (Commodore Vanderbilt, Pocahontas, Rip Van Winkle). Some of the names were highly evocative (Black Diamond, Flying Cloud, North Wind); some tried to be clever (Silent Knight) or cute (Seven O’Klocker). Many of us actually remember riding on some of those trains, and they were wonderful, perhaps even as luxurious as we remember them.

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