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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 1998
This book is a wonderful look into the travels of the people who ride Amtraks California Zephyr. This is a wonderful human intrest book that will facinate you wether you are a railroad fan or not. The stories of the peoples lives, and the reasons that brought them to the train, are facinating. It is a must have for anyone who has ever experienced, or wanted to experience the thrill of riding the rails!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Kisor clearly enjoys train travel, and while he loves trains he wisely refrains from burying the reader in the sort of minutia that rail buffs feed on. Seldom does the story drag.
The style is open and friendly, and it's clear that Kisor has respect and affection for the staff and passangers he meets on the train.
The narrative style reminds me a little of John McPhee; Kisor has the same talent for fading into the background and letting the story tell itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 1999
I could imagine myself riding in the Zephyr as I read the book. Great vivid pictures that I could play out in my own mind. Only negative was that he and another passenger spoke about some mystery novel for a chapter. Other than that, I would suggest this book to any railfan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2005
Started reading this book on my first USA train ride in 25 years, the Zephyr heading to Chicago. With the exception of him expounding on a mystery story he and another passenger tried to concoct the book kept my attention. Essentially it is a story of taking the Chicago to San Francisco train and events on that trip, histories of points along the route, and rail anecdotes of all sorts woven into the train trip. The book also offered useful insights in my trip such as the fact that sleeper compartment passengers had a special lounge they could adjourn to in Chicago. It all makes me want to hop aboard again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2012
A very warm and affectionate narrative of the Zephyr's journey from Chicago to California. Although some of the info is dated (first published in 1992), an afterword brings us up-to-date about Amtrak and the Zephyr. Kisor has written a very informative book-part travelogue, part history, part interview (of the crew, various passengers). As long and leisurely as the trip itself, Zephyr will appeal to all rail fans. All aboard!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2012
I was on board the California Zephyr while reading this book...that made it that much more enjoyable. I really enjoyed reading about the history of the train. The author was on board and talked to different Amtrak employees. Learned so much
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2014
I rode the Zephyr from Chicago to Reno last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, partly because I read Henry's book beforehand. I knew what to expect, where the good scenery was going to be and was able to better appreciate the hard work that the crew endures in order to make the trip a pleasant one. I was also privileged to meet Reggie Howard, had a nice conversation with him during a lull in his duties, and enjoyed the book even more after he autographed my copy. I enjoyed the trip so much that I am riding the Empire Builder from Chicago to Pasco in three weeks. Happy Rails!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2012
Excellent detail and research. The authenticy is precise. It's highly evident that the author spent time riding the rails and documenting his travels. Railfans would like this book.
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on August 19, 2014
The California Zephyr has always been on my bucket list and I'm finally getting to take the trip this fall. I found out about this book on an unofficial Amtrak fan blog and it's a GREAT read, great preparation for the trip. Even though it's a bit dated, most of the information still holds. It's written in a charming easy-to-read style, down-to-earth and practical - funny in some places, informative in all. It was a great find at a great price. I understand he will be updating this book in the future - if he does I will buy it again!
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on July 19, 2014
One of the best books about travel on Amtrak that I have read. Not only does it describe the train, route, and fellow passengers, it deals mostly with the crew and their jobs. The author has made many trips on the Zephyr, some before Amtrak took over the service. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the train and the people who run it.
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