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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 that Chicago had. Well over 90 percent of the time, […]

Exploring St. Louis’ sights not on the tourist map

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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 that Chicago had. Well over 90 percent of the time, […]

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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

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.

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

Hoboing north from Roanoke to Hagerstown

The Norfolk Southern's Valley line runs up from Roanoke to Hagerstown, Md., through the Jefferson and George Washington national forests and between two mountain ranges. Roanoke is the corporate

Hoboes are disappearing like dinosaurs from Manassas to Hagerstown

Bruce came by, with plans that lifted me out of my post-injury depression. After committing sedition for a couple days, he was ready to head to the Northeast by

Colorado River promises death to derailed hoboes

For three days in 2003 I had relentlessly pushed a rental car through the splendors of western Colorado, what they call the West Slope. Now that I involuntarily live

So why do I jump trains?

Three years later, I flew back to far northern California to revisit the place and the memory of those adventures.Now I was unhappily settled on the East Coast, driven

Teaching a friend to jump trains from Washington to Richmond

After many years of solo riding, I was bringing along someone else for the first time — a coworker who had expressed an interest in riding freights. We rendezvoused at

Daytripping and ripping my pants on the way to Santa Fe

"The Santa Fe has a reputation for speed." That phrase from a business article rings true. The BNSF habitually attaches a great many units to its freights, so that they

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