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USA by Rail 7th (Bradt Travel Guide USA by Rail) Paperback – October 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide USA by Rail
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 7th edition (October 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841622559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841622552
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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 Recommended further reading : John Pitt's invaluable USA by Rail The Sunday Times

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North American trains have long fascinated the traveller. Attracted by a relaxed pace of life and an ever-changing view, more and more people are discovering the joys of taking to the rails to cross this vast continent in comfort and relative tranquillity. This third edition of USA by Rail features fully revised information on train travel throughout North America. Comprehensive coverage of 25 long-distance rail journeys in the United States, steam trains in areas of tourist interest, and a further 12 routes in Canada, will enable you to plan your own itinerary, from a day excursion to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Invaluable for rail enthusiasts and ordinary travellers alike. This new edition includes up-to-date timetables and ticket information; guidelines for how to make the most of the rail pass; information on over 500 destinations, including Disney World, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, as well as 100 steam railways and museums. It also contains area maps and route plans, and information on sightseeing and accommodation in 38 major cities. (5 5/16 X 8 1/2, 336 pages, index, maps, color photos, illustrations)
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Pictures and details were great.
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The book gives plenty of things to look for and helped us to better understand the geography (and landmarks) we were seeing.
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Great book that we are using to plan our trip for this Summer.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Anna on June 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
An excellent book which tells you all you need to know. I travelled all over North America by train last summer and found "USA by Rail" terrifically useful, especially for its clear and detailed route guides. These add so much to a journey by telling you in advance what to look out for and explaining the background to the things you are seeing. The chapter for visitors from overseas was very helpful and there's fascinating information about railroad history as well as lots of practical tips for finding accommodation, booking tickets and making reservations. The previous reviewer must have been looking at an earlier version of the book because I found the third edition (published last year) to be fully up to date so far as Amtrak routes are concerned. This edition also has a competition inside to win free rail passes. I can recommend USA by Rail to anyone visiting North America and thinking of travelling by train as it will add hugely to your enjoyment and understanding. An inspiring read in every way.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Garry Rosam on April 22, 2003
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My yearly travel on Amtrak starts with the most recent copy of this book. I have traveled every Amtrak route and for knowing what to look for and when, it's indispensible. I might have missed some of the best sites or picture opportunities had I not had this companion by my side. Easy to read and with times to look out of which side of the train you're ready to see some of the most interesting sites of this beautiful country and also capture them on film. I read ahead and highlight the sites I'm most interested in, then just have to look for my highlights as I travel. I discovered this book by accident, now I won't leave home without it.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the book I'd take along on a rail journey although I also own Jim Loomis book (which I rate a 5 star). Every route (some are out of date) is reviewed with meticulous attention to all of the sights along the way. There are many good traveling hints for foreign travelers, too. While the style of writing is on the dry side (hence the 4 stars rating), the information is excellent. I do not consider this book as redundant if one already has the Loomis book...rather....its information is complementary since this book is much much more detailed regarding what is to be seen. Loomis gives more emphasis to train riding in general. I would recommend this book as the one of choice for foreigners already familiar with trains.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Lee Stritof on June 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
Traveling by trains can be a lot of fun and is an inexpensive, romantic and relaxing way to travel. This guide can help you plan your trip and will save you money, too. It has a good index and resource listing.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on October 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book gives you all sorts of handy tips for a train trip in the US and Canada. You learn about getting a seat in the middle of the car for napping, away from the noise of sliding doors. It goes into quite a bit of detail on the amenities on different coaches (viewliners, heritage coach, superliner) so you know whether to book a roomette or a deluxe bedroom or a family bedroom.

There's a section of info especially for overseas travelers.

Then it gets down to business, describing the towns and sights along the routes with notes like these:

*The grey granite spires of Castle Crags appear to the right.

*A Chrysler factory appear to your right before the train enters Chula Vista Mountain Tunnel.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rose@usa-by-rail.com on January 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is fine as an armchair read as well as to take on a cross-country trip. There are chapters that will fascinate the railroad buff but it's also a great guide for the general visitor, with very pertinent advice.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Annie Jones on December 7, 2001
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Some books are indispensable and this is definitely one of them. Lots of people are traveling by train now who are new to the experience and this guide is practical as well as highly inspirational, making it a great companion on any train journey.
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