Get All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide PDF

By Jim Loomis

ISBN-10: 1569763097

ISBN-13: 9781569763094

It really is in regards to the trip, now not the destination. All Aboard--first released in 1995, and right here thoroughly revised and updated--is even more than simply a mile-by-mile surroundings consultant for teach tourists. Written either for veteran educate tourists and people contemplating their first rail trip, it'll make any journey smoother and extra stress-free with its insightful commute journeys and data approximately how railroads function. With trains attracting new riders in list numbers as a result of financial system, the cost of gas, and the delays and crowding which are now the norm whilst touring through air, the time is ideal for a brand new variation of All Aboard. the following you could learn the way and why the 1st railroads took place, the development of America's trans-continental railroad, and the way person trains are operated. the writer additionally bargains suggestion which could purely come from a veteran vacationer: reserving journeys, discovering the bottom fares, heading off pitfalls, packing for an in a single day journey, what to do on board, whom to tip and what sort of. All Aboard is the last word advisor to American educate trip and its designated heritage and tradition.

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Then, in the fall of 1911, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway—aka Santa Fe—began offering once-a-week service between Chicago and Los Angeles with a train appropriately called the de Luxe. And indeed it was. Passengers slept in real brass beds. There were maids, a manicurist for female passengers, and a barber for the men. The latest books and magazines could be found in an onboard library. Newspapers and the latest stock reports were put aboard at regular stops en route. In promoting the de Luxe, the railroad boasted that passengers would stay comfortable regardless of the outside temperature, thanks to a technological breakthrough the company described as an “air washing device” (a primitive form of air conditioning).

Who Should Plan Your Trip? There’s no reason why you can’t do all the preliminary planning yourself. For me, that’s part of the fun. Besides, the more thought you personally put into your trip, the more successful and rewarding the whole experience is likely to be. indd 42 12/1/10 10:48 AM Planning Your Own Train Trip 43 into the details as you like, even selecting the specific trains you want to take. When the time comes to make the actual reservations, you can work directly with an Amtrak reservations agent by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Instead of traveling city to city in a railroad boxcar, goods were traveling door to door in a truck. Then came buses—Greyhound, Trailways, and a host of small-time carriers—and the railroads started losing passenger business too. Right behind the buses came private automobiles. Thanks to Henry Ford and mass production, ordinary people could now pile into the family car and visit friends or relatives several hundred miles away. As if competition from trucks, buses, and cars wasn’t bad enough for the railroads, a few visionaries were talking about airplane travel becoming feasible for large numbers of people within 20 years.

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