USA by Rail 7th (Bradt Rail Guides) Paperback – October 1, 2008
There is a newer edition of this item:
The Amazon Book Review
Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
About the Author
John Pitt’s travel pieces have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. He has traveled extensively in North America clocking up over 70,000 miles by train.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Ever since they came on the scene, American trains have had a strong hold on the popular imagination, inspiring countless stories, songs, scandals, films and legends. Their rugged charm sets them apart from more mundane means of transport and their ecological soundness is again in fashion. Trains pollute less, rarely suffer from weather delays and won’t give you jet lag. You can choose your companions, read a book, let your thoughts unfurl, take a snooze, sleep horizontally and generally enjoy most of the comforts of home. One reason for traveling by train is especially compelling: it’s much more fun.
American passenger trains go to most big cities as well as to Disney World, Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. Pampered by helpful attendants, you can travel from coast to coast, explore the Rocky Mountains and ride directly alongside two oceans. You cross many rivers, lakes and deserts, often seeing places which can not be visited any other way. Less expensive than flying, more comfortable than the bus, trains keep you relaxed and in touch with an ever-changing landscape as the world becomes a moving picture, framed.
Not many people would mourn buses if they became obsolete, and few entertain fond thoughts about airports, but children still count freight cars and wave as the train goes by. Instead of leaving you exhausted and surly, trains create a sense of adventure and romance. No wonder many still find the sound of a locomotive whistle at midnight a sure sign that it’s time to move on. As the bell clangs and the conductor calls out All aboo-aard!’, you soon discover why North American rail travel remains such a beguiling experience.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
That said, the book, designed for foreigners, is helpful in planning out itineraries and finding out local info about smaller stops along the way. It contains a great deal of information regarding tipping, exchanging money and other cultural information good for the foreign traveler.
As an American, I found the book still useful for knowing the routes and general timetables of the trains, though amtrak does provide a National Timetable for free at larger stations. Still I like having the book with me on the road to reference any small stops and interesting facts along the way.
* It shows the stops along the routes. I loved the maps showing where the line stops.
* It shows the points of interest along the way. If you're riding the train, this book tells you what you're seeing along the way when you look out the window.
What I was hoping for:
* What I really wanted was a listing of services at particular stops, not just at the major cities. What are ground transportation options? What about nearby hotels?
Apparently, if you don't disembark in a metropolitan area, you're stuck at the train station, maybe in the middle of the night - unless a local comes to pick you up.
I'm glad I got the book. I keep flipping around in it. But it's not the comprehensive resource I had hoped.
travel aboard on Amtrak. Is a kind of book that you read before you goes and use it when you do goes. It gaves me the kind og Information that I would need for my search as I will be using this book while I'm traveling through the Country for a month on Amtrak. So whatever you do, if your looking to travel on Amtrak or not and want to know more about and where Amtrak goes then Get the book you won't be disppointed!
Top international reviews
This book has proved a good buy already. It has supplemented information we already held and has given new insights into aspects of ticket booking, travelling, what to do and see, etc, that we had not even considered. It has provided pointers on whether to buy railpasses, and whether to buy tickets in advance or on spec.
Essentially, it has given us the courage to progress with the project just when we were about to take the soft option and entrust the arrangements to a tour operator.
Not having yet undertaken our trip, we are not able to comment on the accuracy of much of the information. However, this book will be an essential item of baggage, which will be annotated as we go along, and will be used to amend this review if necessary
SO YOU CAN PLAN YOUR VISIT MONTHS BEFORE YOU TRAVEL.