Trains have had a strong influence on the popular imagination, inspiring countless stories, songs, scandals, films and legends.
Their rugged charm distinguishes them from more mundane means of transport and their low environmental impact is of particular interest today.
Spoiled by helpful assistants, you can travel coast to coast, explore the Rocky Mountains and ride directly across two oceans.
Author John Pitt describes more than 37 routes across the U.S. and shows you how to make the most of your rail pass.
Maps, sightseeing tours and accommodation tips make this guide an essential read for all rail travellers.