The near disappearance of the American passenger railroad, whose schedules dominated social life for a century, has left the nation with few surface transportation alternatives to the automobile. Those who yearn for the days of coaches, sleepers, dining cars, and clickety-clack still have a few premium sightseeing trains left on the North American continent. Most of these are west of the Mississippi, where the Rocky Mountains, stretching through Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, provide a backdrop of peaks, river valleys, bridges, and tunnels that makes travel by train so very thrilling. In this companion volume to the PBS television series, Grant has enumerated those few remaining mountain trains that take passengers through these vistas. One southern and one eastern route figure in this roster: the Gulf Coast route east from New Orleans to Savannah and the passage through the Hudson Valley between New York and Montreal. Touring lovers as well as rail buffs will celebrate this reminder that travel is as much about the route as the destination. Mark KnoblauchCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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From the Back Cover
Great American Rail Journeys takes you on location to eight of North America's most scenic and historically rich landscapes. Each of the rail adventures profiled in this volume - a counterpart to the highly praised public television programs - celebrates the beauty, history, and romance of railway travel. From your first-class seat on this virtual railway coach, you'll view coastlines and canyons, majestic mountains and rushing rivers, Native villages and world-class cities. Along the way you'll meet dozens of delightful characters - conductors, tour guides, passengers, and others who share their love of the landscape and their passion for riding the rails. (8 1/2 x 11, 208 pages, color photos, hard cover)