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#1518487 in Books 1994-02-22 1994-02-22Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 9.50 x 6.50 x 1.25l, #File Name: 081291984X338 pages | File size: 27.Mb Henry Kisor : Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America: 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Highball Number 5By TravellingCariThis book is a piece of living history like the Zephyr itself. This particular e-book edition has been updated with prologues and epilogues for 2015 which nicely bring a 1994 book into the present. I also like the newer photographs and that he dated all so you had an idea from which trip they came. My only issue reading this on the Kindle is that I know the photos must have otherwise been so much better.The author is an established writer and the book is very well written. In some chapters, his inner railfan begins to leak out and there's a little too much detail provided for a more mainstream train aficionado. I loved his description of the scenery-both what he saw with his own eyes and the pieces of history he shared as he passed the places and towns where they happened.Like many such books, the most fun parts were the people he met and, in some cases, shadowed. I liked the in depth profiles and found myself wishing I could meet Lela, Mike, Ray, Chris, etc. I love that the contemporary epilogue updated readers on these people.A solid read for people who enjoy train travel and a good look at the Amtrak of the late 20th century.Highball Number Five!1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. A Thoroughly Enjoyable Trip Across AmericaBy Dusty GarisonSome railroad books serve as travelogues, describing the places and sights youll see as you glide past. Some are memoirs with fascinating stories told by the railroad crews, about the interesting people theyve met during their journeys. And some railroad books capture the romance of the rails, helping you experience the lure of travel and the yearning for new horizons, so much


youll swear you can feel the cars rocking back and forth.In Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America, author Henry Kisor manages to do all three.The California Zephyr is one of the most famous passenger trains in America, ranking up there with the 20th Century Limited, the Super Chief, and the City of New Orleans for capturing the publics attention and imagination. Kisor doesnt waste much time telling you about the trains famous history; instead, he starts at Chicago, with Amtrak, and tells you what youll see and experience for the entire journey to the San Francisco Bay area. Along the way, he shares stories with you from the crew that make the trip fascinating and delightful.Kisor is a retired newspaper writer, and has also written several other books, both fiction and nonfiction. Originally written in 1994, the book was updated in 2012 and 2015. The author uses the geography of the trip to help him tell the story, starting with the Midwest, heading for the Rockies, and finally the Pacific Coast. He brings a railfans perspective as he tells you about the locomotives and equipment, but also a storytellers gift as he relates the anecdotes the crew shares with him.Youll hear from everyone on the train from the chef in the diner, to the conductor in the coach, the sleeping car attendant, and the engineer with tips for cooking on a moving train, whispered gossip about secret romantic interludes, medical emergencies, stories from the cab, and more. What emerges is the story of a trip that you cant wait to make for yourself, and one youre sorry to see end.Zephyr is not what Id call a quick read; it took me a few dozen pages to get used to Kisors style of writing. But Im glad I did, and Id heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys trains, good stories, or meeting interesting people.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. An Account of a Rail Journey That Is So Much More!By Customer"Zephyr" is one of those special books that reaches across audiences. In this case, it speaks to travelers (actual and armchairO, to those fascinated by the diversity that is America, those who marvel at America's natural wonders, history buffs, railfans, and railroaders themselves. Each audience addressed with inviting prose that provides enough detail and insight without becoming technical.I have ridden the route of the Zephyr many times, from when it was the California Zephyr of the Burlington, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific railroads to the AMTRAK era (including its many incarnations under AMTRAK). I have my trip westward from Boston to Emeryville already planned for April 2017. Both memory and expectation are served by Mr. Kisor's account of the journeys I have known and the ones yet to be.I grew up in a railroad family, spent some time decades ago in railroad service as an Engineer, and now simply ride the rails as a passenger. All parts of me rode along on the literary journey .... and like many long journeys, when it came to an end I wanted to travel more with "Zephyr" and Mr. Kisor.Bon voyage. A journalist recounts his experiences and the people he met on a trip aboard Amtrak's California Zephyr as it traveled across America's most storied transcontinental rail route. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo. From Publishers WeeklyOne would be lucky to draw Kisor as a seat partner on a long train trip, for this book-review editor of the Chicago Sun Times is deferential and polite, a master at consequential chit-chat and full of train lore, which he makes interesting whether or not you happen to share his ecstasy in rolling stock. And Kisor ( What's That Pig Outdoors? ) is seemingly expert at compensating for his deafness. Hours before he boards Amtrak's California Zephyr in Chicago, he wanders the train yards looking over the locomotives with an eye for their design and technology; then he checks out the Zephyr's kitchen, renews acquaintance with the chef and asks about the menus. So curious is Kisor about everything happening around him and about the train crew and passengers, who in short order tell him all about themselves, that the miles click away pleasurably. The Zephyr's timetable is scheduled to provide optimum daylight scenery, giving Kisor the opportunity to recall the history of the areas he passes through and to comment on the vistas. And there's rarely a boring lull because Kisor inevitably has something lively to say, whether it's about the local newspapers, train toilets or thermal baths. Readers will be sorry to leave his company at trip's end, in Oakland (mile 2416). Photos not seen by PW . Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.From Library JournalKisor, the book editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and author of What's That Pig Outdoors? ( LJ 4/15/90), is intimately familiar with the California Zephyr , a popular Amtrak run from Chicago to Oakland. He uses a run to Oakland to point out the stunning beauty along the route and highlight its rich history. He also explains well the special appeal of long-distance train travel--the sense of community that develops on the train, the local newspapers available from big and small towns along the way, and the relaxing atmosphere of the coach car. Particularly strong are the stories about the crew that makes these long runs possible. Stories and interviews with the engineer, stewards, chef, conductor, and other Amtrakers and their "trains-from-hell" stories make this a superb piece on railroad travel in the United States. An excellent choice for most public libraries, especially those along the route of the Zephyr .- David Schau, Kanawha Cty. P.L., Charleston, W.Va.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.From BooklistKisor came to the attention of a wider public with his first book, the unusual and acclaimed What's That Pig Outdoors? A Memoir of Deafness (1990). Here, as Kisor pays tribute to the pleasures of long-distance train travel, we learn even more about the challenges of deafness for a man as curious and word-driven as Kisor. As he rides the California Zephyr from Chicago to Oakland, Kisor overcomes his difficulties in speaking with people and gets to know the hardworking and pragmatic crew, and observes his fellow travelers with lively, generous, and bemused attention. A history buff, Kisor mixes vivid anecdotes from the glorious heyday of America's railroads with musings on the


changes time has brought not only to the industry, but to the varied landscapes trains traverse. He reminds us that railroading is dangerous and demanding work and relates some hair-raising tales about "trains-from-hell," but he also describes, with great levity, the amorous antics of the tanked-up denizens of the notorious lower-level lounge. One of the things Kisor likes best about train travel is how time slows down. He achieves the same effect with his charming and candid prose, that same delightful suspension of the everyday. Donna Seaman

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