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  • Author:
    Jim Loomis
  • ISBN:
    0761500006
  • ISBN13:
    978-0761500001
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  • Publisher:
    Prima Lifestyles (June 21, 1995)
  • Pages:
    400 pages
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    United States
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Library Journal All Aboard-first published in 1995, and here completely . All Aboard is more than an ordinary travel guide.

Library Journal All Aboard-first published in 1995, and here completely revised and updated-is much more than just a mile-by-mile scenery guide for train travelers. The author tells us how and why the first railroads came about, describes the building of America’s trans-continental railroad, and explains how individual trains are operated. He also offers advice that can only come from a veteran traveler: booking trips, finding the lowest fares, avoiding pitfalls, packing for an overnight trip, what to do on board, whom to tip and how much.

Jim Loomis writes frequent columns about train travel for Sunday newspaper travel sections and has ridden every one of Amtrak’s routes, including taking all their long-distance trains multiple times, logging nearly 200,000 miles on trains in the . He has also traveled across Canada on VIA Rail five times and is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Railroad Passengers.

I look forward to using this information to help me plan and book a train trip for my young family. 14 people found this helpful.

Longtime rail enthusiast Jim Loomis will help you plan a unique, memorable train excursion. Inside you'll find detailed and useful information such as: ·Booking procedures ·Schedules ·Onboard etiquette ·Rail Itineraries ·Descriptions of scenic rail excursions ·Route maps for passenger trains in the United States, Canada, and Mexico ·Floor plans for typical coach and sleeping cars ·And much more!

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 . All Aboard! : The Complete Guide to North American Train Travel.

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.

Jim Loomis is a writer whose columns on train travel have appeared in publications such as the Dallas Morning News, Family Motorcoaching, Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star Bulletin, and International Living. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. He lives in Haiku, Hawaii. All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide.

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Written both for veteran train travelers and those considering their first rail journey, this guide book will make any trip smoother and more enjoyable with its insightful travel trips and lots of information about how railroads operate.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Written both for veteran train travelers and those considering their first rail journey, this guide book will make any trip smoother and more enjoyable with its insightful travel trips and lots of information about how railroads operate. The author explains how individual trains are operated and offers tips on booking trips, finding the lowest fares, packing for an overnight trip, what to do on board, and whom to tip and how much.

All Aboard-first published in 1995, and here completely revised and updated-is much more than just a mile-by-mile scenery guide for train . All Aboard is the ultimate guide to American train travel and its unique history and culture.

All Aboard-first published in 1995, and here completely revised and updated-is much more than just a mile-by-mile scenery guide for train travelers. Written both for veteran train travelers and those considering their first rail journey, it will make any trip smoother and more enjoyable with its insightful travel trips and information about how railroads operate.

All Aboard for All Aboard. Yet he is also generous and encouraging about its considerable joys. In clear and lively prose he takes in hand his readers - especially those who may be unfamiliar with Amtrak but are sick of air travel - through the practical ins and outs of booking a trip on the national railroad.

From lifelong devotees to novice admirers, everyone will discover new ways to enjoy riding the rails.

Vut
We purchased this book before taking our first extended train trip from Chicago to Glacier National Park in the fall of 2016. To say it was invaluable is an understatement. We traveled in a sleeper car, and the insight as to packing, what to expect, hints about dining and the sleeping car attendant--and much more--proved helpful. Not to mention, the history and mechanics of railway travel made for fascinating reading. Fellow travelers who were also "newbies" commented that they wished they'd had this resource when planning their travel.
Dibei
Aside from a brief train ride from London to Scotland in 2003, I've never experienced a true train adventure. However, three months ago (before I read this book), I booked a trip for my daughter & myself on the Southwest Chief, from Chicago to Los Angeles. This book couldn't have prepared me more, or gotten me more excited for our trip! Actually, I am bummed that we will be flying back home the following week, and not traveling with Amtrak. If only I had read this book sooner, we would be returning by rail for sure.

It is a great read, weather you are planning to travel or not. Historical information was very interesting, and inspired me to do more research about local rail history in my hometown & surrounding area. Although I live between 80-100 miles from the nearest Amtrak station, depending on which direction you are traveling, this book has educated me on my train travel options. I enjoyed learning more about freight trains as well, which I watch passing by my window at home several times a day.

I am sure I will reference this book often, it is full of very useful information. I am already thinking about where I will take the train for my next trip!

-Josh, in Indiana
Llathidan
Excellent guide on train travel, from start to finish you won't go wrong in choosing this updated 4th edition (published Jan 2015) book to help you navigate around trains! From the history of trains and train travel in North America (Canada, United States, Mexico), from steam, to gasoline and diesel to electric and MagLev, freight and passenger travel, historic and scenic routes, anatomy of a train track and the different types of train 'cars' (engine, baggage, dining, lounge, coach, business, sleeping, freight, caboose, etc.), the personnel who operate and dispatch the trains, how to properly plan for and book a train trip, what to pack, what to expect, pictures and illustrations of cars/sleeping quarters, fares and fees, baggage rules, do's and don'ts, tips, route recommendations, discounts, special needs, etc. He includes very detailed routes with time tables, mileage, station stops, things of interest to see and do along the way, contact information and websites for more information. I look forward to using this information to help me plan and book a train trip for my young family. Thank you Mr Jim Loomis for writing and updating a wonderful and useful book!
Endieyab
This is a great book for anyone new to train travel, but interested in doing lots more of it. Thorough coverage of Amtrak: history, how it works, train employees, mechanical, etc. There is also good information on how to plan trips and buy tickets, along with explanations of the different types of train seats and sleeping compartments. I only wish there was more on planning a trip on your own with suggested itineraries and cities to visit along the major train routes.
Akir
If you are going to take one of the long haul Amtrak trains across the country and have never done it before you would be well served to obtain this book. It covers just about every aspect of any trip you will take on one of our US passenger trains. Get the book a month or so before you go. It will prepare you for most eventualities. it's well written and easy to understand.
Timberahue
I hadn't taken an Amtrak crosscountry trip although I've ridden trains in NY area, in Europe, etc. So when we planned a crosscountry train trip, I got this book (there's a second edition published in 1998 too) and it was marvelous. We knew what to expect, this book explained it all. The book is honest and detailed in what it says, and it's easy to read. Plus it's self-contained, meaning you can read only one part and know all you need to about that part without having to go through the whole book. Well worth it for anyone taking an Amtrak trip of 2 hours or 2 days (done both now). Only point to add is that in the sleepers, he recommends against room A since it's a bit smaller, but the other rooms (B, C, D, E) have a door for connecting rooms together for parties of 4 instead of 2, and the door isn't as soundproof as the rest of the wall. So A is a bit smaller but quieter. Also, there is space in the ABCDE sleepers to stow two suitcases under the bed, as long as they aren't too big (9 or 10" x 19" x 23" fit OK) and thus they are out of the way, and I'm not sure he makes that clear--or maybe I was overzealous in figuring out how to get the suitcases out of the way. BTW, on 6 Amtrak trips in the midwest and west, we've never subsequently made up any time, so any delays that happen have stayed with us for the rest of the trip. A good book for a novice train traveller or for one who wonders how some of the stuff happens in the train world. And he's right, the coach seats compare favorably with business class/first class on planes.

Chicago is a big hub. From there, we've taken trains to Seattle, New Orleans, San Antonio, Washington DC. A very useful book to explain what you'll encounter. A train trip is a lot more restful than a plane trip nowadays (yes, I fly a lot too).
Liarienen
This book wasn't what I expected. It's good for inexperienced travelers. Had I picked it up in a bookstore I would not have purchased it but I've traveled all over the US and Europe (often by train) so it didn't do much to help me. I was expecting more details of the places along the various routes Amtrak covers.
Bought this for my father. He doesn't read that much anymore but he read and loved this book. He is fired up about going on another train trip. Said he wished he had had this book before we went on the Zephyr as it has more background and detail than what the Amtrak brochure and conductors could provide.