Trains have had a strong hold on the popular imagination, inspiring countless stories, songs, scandals, films, and legends. Their rugged charm sets them apart from more mundane means of transport and their low environmental impact is of particular current interest. Pampered by helpful attendants, you can travel from coast to coast, explore the Rocky Mountains and ride directly alongside two oceans. Author John Pitt, describes more than 37 routes crisscrossing the USA and shows how to make the most of your rail pass. Maps, sightseeing and accommodation tips make this guide essential reading for all rail travelers.