USA by Rail

by John Pitt

USA by Rail

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About this book

The American train journey has always had a strong hold on the imagination. Ever-changing landscapes pass by on the other side of the glass, from the primeval-looking Joshua trees of the Mojave Desert and the saw-toothed peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the pounding surf of the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. And in these ecologically-conscious times, rail travel offers a peace of mind that cannot be matched by a stressful domestic flight.

Now in its eighth edition, this book covers all the major routes across the United States and Canada. Perfect for the well-planned traveller and the whimsical day-dreamer alike, it contains both practical information and background on the places that you'll see. Whatever the route, sit back, relax and watch a breathtaking continent unfold.

37 long distance routes in the USA and Canada
Sightseeing highlights for 38 major cities
Accommodation - cheap to chic
Area maps and detailed route plans
History of trains in North America
Information about steam railways and museums

About the author

Since 1990 John Pitt has travelled extensively in North America, including 80,000 miles by train. He contributes to various magazines and newspapers and is the author of the previous seven editions of USA by Rail.

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"The best guidebook for the journey." - Sunday Telegraph
"An excellent publication. Essential reading." - Today's Railways
"An excellent springboard to the many fascinating places to visit in North America. If you are travelling by rail in the States as a holiday, then this book is well worth its price." - Rail Magazine
"If you travel in the US (or Canada) by train, you'll find all you need here." - The Daily Telegraph
"From Boston to Washington, Chicago to Sacramento, New York to Miami and just about everywhere in between, the perfect train schedule is in this informative book. So pick it up and hop on board." - Footloose
'USA by Rail is a useful companion.' The Sunday Telegraph
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(1) Introduction
(2) Chapter 1 From Horsepower to Amtrak
The Iron Horse, The golden age, The 20th century
(3) Chapter 2 American Trains Today
Amtrak trains today, Amtrak facilities and services, Non-Amtrak services
(4) Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Sightseeing, Student card, Time zones, Media and communications, Working
(5) Chapter 4 The Coast Starlight Seattle-Los Angeles
(6) Chapter 5 The California Zephyr Chicago-Emeryville (for San Francisco)
(7) Chapter 6 The San Joaquin San Francisco-Bakersfield (via Emeryville/Oakland)
(8) Chapter 7 The Pacific Surfliner Los Angeles-San Diego
(9) Chapter 8 The Empire Builder Chicago-Seattle
(10) Chapter 9 The Empire Builder Spokane-Portland
(11) Chapter 10 The Southwest Chief Chicago-Los Angeles
(12) Chapter 11 The Sunset Limited Orlando-Los Angeles
(13) Chapter 12 The Texas Eagle Chicago-San Antonio (for Los Angeles)
(14) Chapter 13 The City of New Orleans Chicago-New Orleans
(15) Chapter 14 The Northeast Corridor Boston-Washington
(16) Chapter 15 The Northeast Corridor New Haven-Springfield (for Boston)
(17) Chapter 16 The Crescent New York-New Orleans
(18) Chapter 17 The Silver Star New York-Miami
(19) Chapter 18 The Silver Meteor New York-Miami
(20) Chapter 19 The Northeast Corridor Boston-Newport News
(21) Chapter 20 The Cardinal New York-Chicago
(22) Chapter 21 The Adirondack New York-Montreal
(23) Chapter 22 The Vermonter Washington-St Albans (for Montreal)
(24) Chapter 23 The Lake Shore Limited Boston/New York-Chicago
(25) Chapter 24 The Capitol Limited Washington-Chicago
(26) Chapter 25 The Pennsylvanian New York-Pittsburgh
(27) Chapter 26 The Maple Leaf New York-Toronto
(28) Chapter 27 The Wolverine Chicago-Pontiac
(29) Chapter 28 Other Amtrak Trains
General information, The trains
(30) Chapter 29 US Steam Today
Trains, routes and museums
(31) Chapter 30 Canada's Trains Today
VIA Rail, The routes, Steam trains in Canada
(32) Appendix 1 Useful Addresses
(33) Appendix 2 Ticketing Agents
(34) Appendix 3 Further Reading
(35) Websites
(36) Index