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Book Review
2015 Tourist Railroad Guide
Tourist Trains Guidebook, Fifth Edition
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Tourist Trains Guidebook, Fifth Edition describes 520 of the most popular train rides and museums in the U.S. and Canada. It features comprehensive reviews of more than 200 sites to explore on vacations, including:

•Driving directions.
•What to see.
•When to go.
•Nearby attractions.
•Site reviews.
•And more!
ISBN: 9781627001243
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Pages: 368
Color Photos: 200
- Kalmbach Publishing Co.

Contents
This softcover book utilizes articles and reviews by Trains magazine editors and contributors.

It is a good size for baggie cargo pants pockets or a camera bag. Railfans and railroad modelers have a wealth of resources within these pages. The authors do a fine and brief job with synopsis of the museums and locales. They even add things to do away from the trains, like visiting a favorable diner or drive-in theater.

Three hundred twenty other railroad venues are listed. Not surprisingly, some mini-seums and sites are missed. Your community may have a local museum or some artifacts in a park that is beyond the scope of this book, perhaps similar to the preceding examples. Some museums and available trains were missed, such as a great little private museum in Duffield, Virginia, and the three-mile run up Doe River Gorge on restored East Tennessee & Western North Carolina narrow-gauge track. Missing the ET&WNC is particularly curious as Kalmbach's magazine Classic Trains featured an article about it in their Spring 2014 issue.

The book offers web and email addresses, telephone numbers, and admission hours and information. Furthermore, they list train rides like excursions and dinner trains, and other special events.

Photos and graphics
Most pages have a full color photograph of the facility, 200 color photos in fact.

Conclusion
A lot of work goes into reference guides like this. Tourist Trains Guidebook, Fifth Edition is a fine concise resource for modelers and railfans to use to find their way to fun railroad vacations. Each page has useful information to help you make a good decision where to spend your limited time. The photographs are excellent.

There are no real problem with this book. I can happily recommend it.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Each page has useful information to help you make a good decision where to spend your limited time. The photographs are excellent.
Lows:
Verdict: This is a fine concise resource for modelers and railfans to use to find their way to fun railroad vacations.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 9781627001243
  Suggested Retail: $21.99
  Related Link: 14 Sample Pages
  PUBLISHED: Apr 30, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.31%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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