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Depot Inn & Suites Depot Inn & Suites, on the route of Amtrak's Southwest Chief, is themed after an 1800's railroad depot and is decorated with historic railroad artifacts, making the hotel a small railroad museum. Located in La Plata, MO, the Depot Inn & Suites is right next to the Exhibition of Amtrak History, which houses the complete collection of the Amtrak Historical Society and other passenger train memorabilia.


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BOOKS & PERIODICALS


Passenger Train Journal Passenger Train Journal  The new Passenger Train Journal embraces the best of the "old" magazine, with new columns and contemporary coverage. PTJ was originally founded in 1968 by Kevin McKinney, who returns as a member of the editorial team. Editor is Mike Schafer, who was PTJ editor from 1983 to 1990. PTJ, published quarterly, contains current news and analysis, as well as historical features, about passenger train travel in North America and in other countries.

Making Tracks: An American Rail Odyssey Making Tracks: An American Rail Odyssey 1st edition by Pindell, Terry, published by Grove Press [ Hardcover ].
Terry Pindell, grandson of a passenger train engineer, set out to travel 30,000 miles of America's passenger train lines in search of an "integration of past and present, of history and headlines, of mind and memory". The resulting book, an entertaining chronicle of Pindell's journeys, is an interesting portrait of America. It's part history, part sociology, and part travelogue.

All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide by Jim Loomis. Travel writer Jim Loomis has traveled almost every passenger train route in North American at least once and provides a good, comprensive guide to train travel in North America. The book includes
  • Amtrak & Via Rail Canada route maps
  • Booking procedures
  • Descriptions of scenic train excursions (fall color tours, the Santa Fe Trail, "Southern Comfort", & more)
  • On-board etiquette
  • Coach & sleeping car floor plans
  • History of railroading
  • Safety information
  • A railroading glossary
  • Packing
  • Good places to stay overnight
This guide has detailed planning logistics, traveling tips, route information, and suggested itineraries. Everything you need to know about traveling by train is here.

USA by Rail USA by Rail, 8th: Plus Canada's Main Routes (Bradt Travel Guide USA by Rail) by John Pitt. Author John Pitt has travelled almost 70,000 miles in the US and Canada. USA by Rail reveals the unique pleasures of North American train travel. The book contains comprehensive route guides and practical information. as well as great advice on local transport, sightseeing and accommodations en route. The latest edition includes details of Amtrak's high-speed Acela trains.

Rail Ventures: The Comprehensive Guide to Train Travel in North America Rail Ventures, The Comprehensive Guide to Train Travel in North America, Jack W. Swanson (Ed). Ouray, Colorado: Rail Ventures Publishing, 1996. This paperback is an excellent guide to train travel in North america. It contains route logs, maps. photos, and descriptions of equipment and amenities. It also contains information about train stations and nearby services, including lodging. This book might be hard to obtain; library copies might be available, or it might be possible to locate a used copy.     Top

Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America by Henry Kisor. The California Zephyr remains America's most exhilarating transcontinental train, traversing breathtaking mountain scenery. Whether dashing through the Plains, creeping over the Rockies, hurtling across the Great Basin, or threading the Sierra Nevada, the Zephyr is an earthbound cruise ship bearing five hundred souls, each with a story to tell. Journalist Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times book editor and literary columnist, climbs aboard this train and introduces us to the men and women who ride the rails; his odyssey becomes our journey into the heart of America.     Top


EDUCATION & ADVOCACY


APRHF The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to establish, expand, and maintain an educational exhibition featuring the history of passenger rail in America. The APRHF operates the Exhibition Of Amtrak History, the Silver Rails Gallery, the Silver Rails Shop, the Silver Rails Memorial Library, the Silver Rails Event Center, and the Chris Guenzler Millionth Rail Mile Lookout Cabin & Deck. The APRHF is also active in the maintenance of the historic Santa Fe Depot & Amtrak Station in La Plata and helps support the Lets Talk Trains railroad talk radio show. The APRHF produced the Silver Rails Country Map to help guide visitors to the historic, tourist, and railroad heritage attractions in the region.

NARP The mission of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) is to work for a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. NARP is the largest national membership advocacy organization for train and rail transit passengers. Since 1967 NARP, with around 20,000 individual members, has worked to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the United States. NARP's website includes useful information and resources for passenger train passengers and advocates.


ONLINE RESOURCES


How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy "Long-distance-train passengers tend to belong to one of four categories. The first, perhaps most obvious category is occupied by people who refuse to fly ... but there are fewer of these than you might expect."

Trainweb TrainWeb Perhaps the largest and most comprehensive site about passenger train travel on the internet, Trainweb features information and tips about train travel, news, travelogues, photographs and much more. Trainweb also has information about model railroading, rail history, and other aspects of the railroad industry.     Top