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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Third Edition, Third edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569763097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569763094
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Having traveled almost every North American rail route at least once, Jim Loomis has the track record to write this information-packed guide to rail travel. This book "is written for the person who is naturally inquisitive, who notices and finds delight in little things, who knows that those who hurry miss a lot." After helping you decide whether train travel is right for you (and why car and plane travel might not be), Loomis gets into the finer points of traveling by train. His detailed research reveals how to plan your trip; packing suggestions; booking procedures; schedules; onboard etiquette; good places to stay for overnight stopovers; descriptions of scenic rail excursions; route maps of passenger trains in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; floor plans for typical coach and sleeping cars; folklore and history of railroading; safety information; and a professional railroading glossary. His creative, tried-and-true itineraries include fall-color routes, big city tours, grand and semi-grand tours, the Santa Fe trail, and "southern comfort." Loomis even explains how many modern phrases have their roots in train travel. He'll help you get "over the hump," while avoiding "hell on wheels," know when you're on a "doubleheader," and see the "light at the end of the tunnel." --Kathryn True --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anyone contemplating a train trip would be wise to read this guide by Loomis, the travel writer for the Honolulu Advertiser. After outlining the history of the railway system in the United States and Canada, Loomis describes in detail train equipment, jobs, routes, and schedules. A veteran train aficionado who has logged 60,000 miles by rail over the past ten years, Loomis portrays life on board a train, offering advice on dining protocol, sleeping arrangements, and tipping, as well as hints on "passing the time" (computing the train's speed, listening in on "train talk," and diverting the children). This comprehensive guide will assist the traveler in planning an excursion and executing it with minimum effort and maximum pleasure. Recommended for public libraries and large transportation collections.
Pamela Bellows, Northwestern Connecticut Community Technical Coll. Lib., Winsted, Ct.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very good content of information, wide range of info, and important data.
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If you need help planning your itinerary, this book provides great advice and even lists some travel agencies who specialize in rail travel.
David Adler
I learned so much more after reading this book and I wish I had read it before my first train trip.
Thomas Lee

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lee on November 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've taken a few U.S. East Coast train trips, some overnights with sleeping accomidations, and I thought I knew the system pretty well. I learned so much more after reading this book and I wish I had read it before my first train trip. There are so many little tips that can make your travel better. From the book I learned a lot about the operations behind the scenes and this is helpful information for an overall enjoyable train experience. It's a great book. I have not come across any other book like it. Thinking about a train trip? Get the book and hit the rails. Already have a trip planned? Get the book and enjoy your trip even more.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jan Maciejewski on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
My friend and I are planning a trip to the USA in 2000 and not being too confident about driving on the "wrong" side of the road, had vaguely thought about doing a train trip, but the one travel agent we consulted was a bit vague about the subject and gave us an Amtrak brochure and sent us on our way. As we aren't yet up to booking (just after Christmas, we'll do that) we were a bit lost. Imagine our delight to come across 'All aboard!' in our local library. I have devoured it from cover to cover and have ordered my own copy to take with us. Being Aussies, a lot of the local customs are foreign to us. It is wonderful to have the on board etiquette spelled out, eg. tipping isn't common in Australia, and I would hate to slip up by not tipping appropriately etc. We are planning our holiday using 'All aboard'as our bible. I give it 5 stars.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ales Kavsek on June 29, 2000
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This book will take you behind the scene of railroading in North America with emphasize on amtrak in USA. Thanks to Jim Loomis enthusiastic writing style I learned a lot about trains, on-board personnel, operations, logistics, history and rail terms in general. If you are rail freshman like me than you'll appreciate this book just for that alone. Recently I took a trip from Halifax to Vancouver with VIA and now I'm looking forward to take similar route (coast to coast) with Amtrak. The only thing that you'll not find in this book is comprehensive list of places to stay and see that are typical for classic travel guides like the Lonely Planet series. (If you're planing the rail trip in Canada then don't miss the excellent travel guide "Trans-Canada Rail Guide".) Overall this book deserve five stars. Recommended!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ella Kwint on April 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
For a first time Amtrak traveler I'd give it 4 stars due to some practical information and the simple, easy to digest writing style of the author. But for those who have already traveled on the US rail system, they will likely experience a lot of 'been there, done that' passages. I also encountered a LOT of repetitive information--sometimes nearly identical advice offered just pages apart. Again, this may prove valuable to a total train newbie, but even when I tried to read it by selecting random chapters, skipping sections that didn't apply to me, I still encountered repeated topics such as what to pack, missing connections, etc. I think had Mr. Loomis offered bulleted points or merely utilized a bold typeset for the stuff he really wanted to emphasis for the novice, it might have made for a more succinct read or at least succeeded as a quick reference guide. (This is more of an editing issue than Loomis' gaff, but it sure would be helpful for future editions.)

As a train fan, if I want a lot of cool, in depth history on US trains--mechanical specs, freight lines, etc., I seek out a book specific to that topic. But this title is trying to be both a glossy history lesson AND a basic 'how to' guide; it's suffering from an identity conflict because there's not enough in-depth info for the fanatic. Yet writing it as a regular general interest book means it includes more dry topics than a nervous first timer would want. So it's difficult to parse the facts needed for embarking on actual modern day excursions, failing as a mere reference guide or practical train 'bible' but leaving the mini experts wanting more. Mix in the memoir aspects of Loomis' lifetime as a train lover, and you've got a lot of different categories of train books in one bloated title.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Adler on September 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the latest edition of an earlier book written by an enthusiastic supporter of American rail travel. It includes changes in Amtrak's system within the last five years. If anyone is looking to travel by train for the first time or is a supporter of rail travel themselves, you should get this book. It explains everything from the duties of crewmembers, who to go to with questions while onboard, an excellent history of Amtrak from its formation by Congress in the early 70s and some sample itineraries. Coverage of the Canadian VIA system and Mexico's Copper Canyon is also included. His section on the Copper Canyon route will make you want to go, and he tells you how to do it. If you need help planning your itinerary, this book provides great advice and even lists some travel agencies who specialize in rail travel.
Old rail veterans may consider this book a little trite, and there isn't a whole lot of detail about the trip descriptions in the book. However, the history of rail travel and the technical information about railroads is pretty interesting.
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