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USA by Rail
USA by Rail guide

The  USA by Rail guide book, fully updated in this latest seventh edition, reveals in entertaining fashion the unique pleasures of North American train travel with Amtrak and VIA Rail. John Pitt has travelled more than 75,000 miles by train in the USA and Canada and his book, published by Bradt Travel Guides, features comprehensive route guides as well as all the practical information you need to make reservations, buy tickets and find your way around strange train stations. There are maps to accompany each route guide, making it easy to plan your itinerary and get the most from an Amtrak or VIA Rail pass. Details of Amtrak high-speed Acela trains are included, as well as sound advice about local transport, sightseeing and accommodation in places en route, making  USA by Rail the perfect travel companion (see reviews). The book includes:

  • History - from horsepower to Amtrak
  • Travel on Amtrak today
  • Complete guides to all train routes in the United States
  • Train travel in Canada
  • Over 100 steam railroads and train museums
  • Illustrations, maps and colour photographs
  • Advice for the visitor from overseas
  • Over 500 destinations in North America
  • Internet travel contacts and advice


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How to Order

USA by Rail by John Pitt (ISBN-13  978 1 84162 255 2) is available in book shops and discounted copies can be obtained directly from the publisher, Bradt Travel Guides, 23 High Street, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 9QE, UK. Tel: 01753 893444.  Fax: 01753 892333.  E-mail:

Guide book for the US and Canada - Amtrak and VIA

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USA by Rail is distributed in North America by the Globe Pequot Press, 246 Goose Lane, Suite 200, PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437, USA.  Tel: (888) 249-7586 or (203) 458-4500. E-mail:

In North America, USA by Rail is available at with Free Two-Day Shipping from Amazon Prime

‘An excellent springboard to the many fascinating places to visit in North America. Detailed, useful and streetwise. If you are travelling in the States as a holiday, this book is well worth its price’ - Rail Magazine

‘Bradt travel guides are for those who wish not merely to see, but to understand’ - Dervla Murphy

‘Bottom line, if you are going to take a trip by train, buy this guide first’ - Bella Online

‘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.

‘Inside you'll find a literal treasure chest of ideas on rail travel all over this great country’ - John Clayton, USA Radio.

The definitive US Amtrak train travel guide’ - US Traveler

‘An excellent publication. Essential reading.’ - Today's Railways

‘The best guidebook for the journey’ - Sunday Telegraph

‘An essential companion to anyone railtouring in North America’  The Railway Magazine


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