Riding the rails in style has never been easier! This is the definitive guide to Amtrak and North American train travel, complete with booking procedures, onboard etiquette, maps, floor plans for typical coach and sleeping cars, and more.
"This guide covers everything from booking a [train] trip to the various routes available to on-board etiquette." -- Boston Globe
"With all my rail experience, I still found things in Loomis' book that I
didn't know about train life." -- Hawaii Sun Press
"A down-to-tacks how-to book that describes in detail just about everything you need to know to take a train trip in the United States and Canada." -- Honolulu Advertiser
"Crammed with excellent ideas for booking, preparing for and enjoying your next rail journey." -- Railfan & Railroad
All Aboard -- here completely revised and updated -- is much more than just a mile-by-mile scenery guide for train travelers. Written for both veterans and novices of rail travel, it will make any trip run smoothly and enjoyably with its insightful tips and information about how railroads operate. Author and expert rail traveler Jim Loomis offers not only well-tested itineraries based on his intricate knowledge of North American routes and the best times to ride them, but he also provides invaluable advice on the nitty-gritty: booking trips, finding the lowest fares, knowing which onboard staff members to tip and how much, packing for an overnight trip, and even maneuvering in those cramped sleeping-car bathrooms.
Including explorations of train equipment and safety, as well as the history -- and future -- of train travel, All Aboard is the ultimate guide to this romantic and increasingly popular mode of transportation.
JIM LOOMIS writes frequent columns about train travel for Sunday newspaper travel sections and has ridden virtually all of Amtrak's routes, including all its long-distance trains. He is an elected member of the Council of Representatives of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, a nonprofit organization that advocates more and better train service throughout the United States.
This third edition was is now available! You can order it here now and it will be shipped to you immediately!
I gained much of my information about Amtrak from the first edition of this book before I ever stepped onto a passenger train! After having traveled almost every mile of every Amtrak route myself, I have found the information in the book to be quite accurate and extremely helpful.
The following is information from the first edition. The new edition is updated and expanded.
Everything you've ever wanted to know about trains and rail travel is here -- from history to logistics. Longtime rail enthusiast Jim Loomis will help you plan a unique, memorable train excursion. You'll find detailed and useful information such as: Booking Procedures, Schedules, On-Board Etiquette, Rail Itineraries, Description of Scenic Rail Excursions, System Route Maps For Both Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada, Floor Plans For Typical Coach and Sleeping Cars, and more!
The following is from the back cover:
This is the ONLY Comprehensive Guide to Riding the Rails!
Few can deny the romance of traveling by train -- the thrill of gazing out windows at passing towns, meadows, and mountains as you chug along in comfort. But in a territory as vast as North America, many of the best routes are easily overlooked -- even by the most avid train travelers. From lifelong devotees to novice admirers, everyone will discover new ways to enjoy riding the rails in All Aboard!
Everything you've ever wanted to know about trains and rail travel is here -- from history to logistics. Longtime rail enthusiast Jim Loomis will help you plan a unique, memorable train excursion. You'll find detailed and useful information such as:
Along the way, you'll learn the fascinating folklore and history of railroading in North America; fundamentals of railroad operations, safety, and equipment; and professional railroading terms as explained in a full glossary.
Jim Loomis is a travel writer and owns an advertising firm. He has traveled practically every North American rail route -- at least once!
Contents of the Third Edition:
3nd Edition, Paperback
Published by Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: January 24, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-56976-309-4 (1569763097)