USA by Rail

The definitive guide book to North American train travel

The USA by Rail guide book, fully updated in this ninth edition, reveals in entertaining fashion the unique pleasures of North American train travel with Amtrak and VIA Rail. John Pitt has travelled more than 80,000 miles by train in the United States and Canada and his guidebook, published by Bradt Travel, features comprehensive route guides as well as all the practical information you need to make reservations, buy train 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.

USA by Rail also has details of train station opening times, Amtrak and VIA Rail passes, tourist railroads, railway museums and steam train travel, as well as advice on local transport, sightseeing and accommodation in places en route, making this the essential guide book and a travel companion. (see reviews).

Buy the book now from (in North America) or (in the UK and worldwide)

USA by Rail by John Pitt (ISBN- 9 781784 776251) is also available in book shops and copies can be obtained directly from the publisher, Bradt Travel Guides, 1st Floor, IDC House, The Vale, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 9RZ, UK. Tel: 01753 893444. E-mail:

USA by Rail 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


‘I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.’ – Oscar Wilde.







Bradt’s unique USA by Rail guide book is now in its Ninth Edition and the following are among the book’s many reviews.

‘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.        


‘The best guidebook for the journey.’ – Sunday Telegraph.

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