See the U.S.A. a different way.

I live in Hawaii. That means when I travel anywhere out of state, I‘m faced with at least a five-hour flight. Usually it’s to Los Angeles, which offers me a choice of three long-distance trains on which I can continue my journey: 

1. The Coast Starlight goes north to San Francisco and from there on up to either Portland or Seattle;

2. The Southwest Chief heads east to Chicago; 

3. The Sunset Limited will take me southeast to New Orleans by way of San Antonio.

Amtrak is an entirely different experience from an airline. For me, a cross-country ride in an Amtrack sleeping car offers an almost endless stream of interesting incidents and striking views.

It’s the constantly changing scenery, of course.

And meeting new people over meals three times a day in the Amtrak dining car.

On one trip, I found myself having lunch with a veteran American Airlines captain and his wife.

“What are you doing on a train?” I asked.

He replied, “I thought it was time we saw this great country of ours from an altitude of six feet.”

Over the years, I’ve had dozens of interesting conversations over meals in an Amtrak dining car, but that–without question–is my favorite quote.

I only wish I’d thought to get his name.

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

  • Across the U.S. and Canada by train.   
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  • An unexpected performance of Cats in Mongolia.
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This latest 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.

• Hawaii has every type of climate found on earth, from tropical to polar.

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The latest edition of ALL ABOARD, Jim Loomis’ best-selling train travel guide is now available in stores and online in both printed and electronic formats.

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