By Jim Loomis
It is concerning the trip, no longer the destination. All Aboard--first released in 1995, and the following thoroughly revised and updated--is even more than simply a mile-by-mile surroundings advisor for educate tourists. Written either for veteran teach tourists and people contemplating their first rail trip, it'll make any journey smoother and extra stress-free with its insightful trip journeys and knowledge approximately how railroads function. With trains attracting new riders in checklist numbers 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. right here you could find out how and why the 1st railroads happened, the construction of America's trans-continental railroad, and the way person trains are operated. the writer additionally bargains recommendation that may merely come from a veteran vacationer: reserving journeys, discovering the bottom fares, keeping 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 final word advisor to American teach go back and forth and its special heritage and tradition.
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Extra resources for All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide
Children under 2 travel free; those between 2 and 15 pay half fare when accompanied by an adult. Seniors 62 and over get a 15-percent discount on their rail fare, students get a 15-percent discount, and active-duty military can save 10 percent. Members of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) also receive a 10-percent discount. But note that these discounts don’t apply to sleeping-car accommodations, and there are other limitations and restrictions. As noted already, fares vary according to the season, so once you have tentative dates, check with Amtrak to see when those price changes occur.
Sometimes that means holding the second train until yours arrives. As a practical matter, however, they can’t delay the departure of a train for very long, since it will likely be connecting with another train somewhere else. Every missed connection is handled on a case-by-case basis. If you do miss a connection with a train that runs once a day, any one of several things could occur. As a first choice, Amtrak will probably put you in a bus or van and take you cross-country to catch up with the second train.
Indd 34 12/1/10 10:48 AM Amtrak to the Rescue 35 been an executive with the Union Pacific Railroad. Kummant ran Amtrak during a period of unprecedented increases in ridership, due in part to $4-a-gallon gasoline and chaos in the airline industry. Then in November 2008, amid rumors of conflict with the Amtrak board, Kummant suddenly and unexpectedly resigned. Within weeks, the Amtrak board announced the interim appointment of Joseph Boardman as the railroad’s newest president. Boardman was certainly familiar with Amtrak and its operations—he had been serving as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration for the prior three years and, for three decades before that, in various roles within the surface transportation industry.
All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide by Jim Loomis