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Jumping trains and riding the rails carries risks and scenic rewards

In another life I had time to ride freight trains around the West, through thousands of miles of scenery that only freight crews and hoboes had seen ever since passenger trains shriveled in the 1960s. I learned the art before […]

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Jumping trains and riding the rails carries risks and scenic rewards

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In another life I had time to ride freight trains around the West, through thousands of miles of scenery that only freight crews and hoboes had seen ever since passenger trains shriveled in the 1960s. I learned the art before […]

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Hobo Pride: Freight-train hopping to Lynchburg

Ernest Hemingway hopping a freight train between boxcars to get to Walloon Lake in  1916. (Wikipedia Commons) After 17 months - too long a time - I was back sticking

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Sightseeing in Camden – an unauthorized adventure

Not many tourists go sightseeing in Camden these days. I did on New Year's Day, in pursuit of a public library that the city threw away in 1986. For years I

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West Coast freight-jumping beats the East Coast (Cheyenne to Ogden)

It had been six years since my last long Western ride. Back in 2006, I'd ridden Elko-Salt Lake City and Ogden-Elko, first along the southern shore of the Great

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Catching trains in Maryland and nearly blinded for life

This was one of the fastest, smoothest catch-outs ever. I dropped off my rental car at the Citgo station in downtown Cumberland, Md., and climbed aboard a grainer a few

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Groundhog Day in Nevada with road kill along the tracks

It had been nearly a year since my ecstatic daylight ride through the Wind River Canyon of Wyoming.I flew into Salt Lake City, arriving for the first time since

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Exploring St. Louis’ sights not on the tourist map

St. Louis always has occupied a peculiar lacuna in my personal history. It was the big city nearest to my hometown but was in long-term decline and lacked several attributes

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Chasing freights in Dick Cheney’s hometown

There are few experiences sadder than returning to a Western railroad yard 12 years later. In 1993, starting out of Laurel, Montana, I had launched a two-week journey - between

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Colorado outlaws and a bloody train ride from Fort Collins to Denver

After six years, I saw the Colorado outlaw known as TTK again in Fort Collins, Colorado. I'd slept behind a maintenance building and gave him a call that morning.

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Riding in darkness with the stars from Hagerstown to Harrisburg

It was time for a training ride, nothing glamorous or long, but a tune-up for a much longer trip up ahead. Back in 2002 or 2003, I had accidentally

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