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Reflections on a 5-mile freight-hopping ride to RFK stadium

As the pig train trundled by, I cautiously touched its side. My hand came flying back toward my face. Yeah, the train was probably going too fast. I was in Hyattsville, Md., a few miles north of D.C., to take […]

Reflections on a 5-mile freight-hopping ride to RFK stadium

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As the pig train trundled by, I cautiously touched its side. My hand came flying back toward my face. Yeah, the train was probably going too fast. I was in Hyattsville, Md., a few miles north of D.C., to take […]

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Back in the saddle: Watching shooting stars from flatcars

It would work out this way: my first train in 15 months would be the toughest to catch. At 1:15 a.m. a few nights ago, the Midnight Ghost came barreling down

Riding with ‘ghosts’ from Hagerstown to Altoona

It was time, after a long and gloomy hibernation in perhaps America's foulest climate, to resume hitting the rails. From time to time, I still like to explore the forgotten

Urban blight in Buffalo: Exploring Central Terminal

My target was Buffalo's magnificent, long-abandoned train station, the Central Terminal. After two days of legitimate sightseeing in low-key Canada, I crossed back to the overstimulated gun-o-rama that we call

Hallucinations, freezing and lessons from veteran tramps in the Rockies in 1992

I'd bought a discounted round-trip Greyhound ticket to Salt Lake, my jumping-off point.  I looked through the bus window and saw a hobo emerging from the UP yards, so I

Farewell to the Modoc and freight-hopping advice from hoboes

This has been a sad summer of watching the Union Pacific prepare to swallow up the Southern Pacific. Already some magnificent trackage is doomed. In May I said goodbye

I felt ‘kidnapped’ after hopping aboard the train to Royal Gorge

My plan was to hit two separate lines, the Royal Gorge route and the Santa Fe's Raton Pass route. The former lies between Pueblo and Minturn, Colo.; the latter

Train-hopping the wrong way again on Santa Fe’s Raton route

The Santa Fe's Raton route's existence is secure; though a secondary freight line, it has enough business and carries Amtrak's Southwest Chief. I wanted to cross the Sangre de

Dehydration, an angry hobo and testing my limits from Las Vegas to San Bernardino

The Vegas-to-San Bernardino, Calif., run on the Union Pacific had long intrigued me. I had dark fantasies of crossing the Mojave in an open car without a hat. On

Visiting ‘Tramp Park’ while train-hopping from Laurel to Seattle

By the time I realized the train was headed the wrong way, there was nothing to do except scream and curse. It headed relentlessly eastward for two hours, to

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