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Amtrack is the passenger-carrying railway and bus service of the United States of America.

Friday, December 25, 2015

My idea (it wan’t yet a plan) from about a year ago was to travel to Yuma Arizona in January or February 2016 and spend a few weeks sitting in the sun and reading books. Then the Canadian Dollar dropped from about $1 to about $0.70, and I got cold feet about paying for lavish lunches for financial moguls.

A Christmas present was “All Aboard” by Jim Loomis, roughly 400 pages of useable infprmation about AmTrak (and a host of life-changing attitudes as well!) which made me wonder about an expansion of my trip.

In particular I had been comntemplating a very jerky start fro Toronto via Buffalo and Chicago to join the Texas Eagle, with lengthy and awkward long stopovers and delays at the border. Why no fly Porter Airlines from downtown Toronto to Chicago and just do the Eagle leg?

Or why not avoid annoying layovers and plan to spend a minium of 24 hours in each city? Why not replace “Yuma” with some other almost-as-sunny destination, or just RideTheRails around the country?

The sections that follow reference to page numbers in the softback Fourth Edition of “All Aboard” by Jim Loomis; Chicago review Press ISBN 978-1-56976-176-2.

Page 39-44

Consider a package Tour; AmtrakVacations.com or VacationsByRail.com or www.RailTravelAdventures.com else call 1-800-268-7252 for a brochure

www.amtrakguestrewards.com

Fares are lower between November and March

1-800-872-7245 (-USA-Rail) for a booking agent

1-800-872-7245 (-USA-Rail) for both the National and the Northeast timetables

USA rail pass for 15, 30 and 45 days of travel

Seniors get a 15% discount

Members of NARP get a discount

Amtrak rail-savvy travel agents in Toronto:-

Itinerary 1.0

Day 1

Toronto-Buffalo

Day 2

Buffalo - New York

Day 3

Wander New York

Day 4

New York - Washington

Day 5

Wander Washington

Itinerary 2.0

Day 1

Toronto-Buffalo

10:02 a.m

VIA Niagara

Day 2

Buffalo - New York

8:35 a.m

Allegheny

Day 3

Wander New York

Day 4

New York – Washington

Day 5

Wander Washington


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