Questions from Folks Sick of this Damn Pandemic.

Q:  I’m getting my second vaccine shot in ten days. Will I be able to travel safely then? (Wondering about“vaccine shot” . . . Is that a redundancy?)

A:  As far as I’ve been able to find out, yes . . . probably! . . . you can travel after you have completed your shot regimen. The  real issue, it seems me, will be whether or not the authorities you may run into along the way will need to see proof and in what form that poof will be acceptable. It still feels like a crapshoot

Q:  What are the chances that Amtrak will go back to a traditional dining car service?

A:  Somewhere between slim and none, I’d say, although I have no doubt that Amtrak is under some serious pressure to restore dining car service to the long-distance trains. For me, this is THE issue because it is the aspect of long-distance train travel that, for me, has been the most interesting and the most enjoyable.

Q: What’s a good, safe bet about when European trains will be back to ‘normal’?

A: There are only educated guesses . . . no “good” or “safe” ones. And they will vary from country to country since some countries are locked down while other have opened to varying degrees.

Q: When are you personally thinking about travel (a) nationally and (b) internationally?

A: Subject to change, of course, but as of today, (a) late July and (b) early October. Et bonne chance à tout le monde.

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Just Released!

A New Book by

Fifty stories from life and 350,000 miles of train travel.

  • Across the U.S. and Canada by train.   
  • London to Paris at 187 mph.      

  • An unexpected performance of Cats in Mongolia.
  • Goose bumps on a warm night in Red Square.
  • Spotting wild camels in the Australian outback.
  • Finding real cowboys in Hungary.

Now available in Kindle and paperback editions from Amazon.



This new book by Jim Loomis is a quick and easy read, full of interesting information about Hawaii that most people don’t know and are surprised to learn:

• There were actually two attacks by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor during World War Two

• There were real cowboys working on ranches in Hawaii *before* there were cowboys in Texas.

• Outdoor advertising (billboards) has been illegal in Hawaii for 100 years.

$6.95 per copy6
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All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide

Fifty stories drawn from 300,000 miles of train travel. The latest version of Jim Loomis's acclaimed All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide (4th Edition, 2015) is available in stores and online in both printed and electronic formats.
Chicago Review Press, 4th edition (Jan 2015)

Available in four formats:
Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket (for Kindle)
ISBN 9781569761823

Learn more about the book or order it now directly from Chicago Review Press.


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