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Living the hobo creed from San Jose to Oakland

Stampede Pass, the intended capstone to my Stanford train-hopping days, is still a few weeks away. I became impatient and headed down to San Jose. The CIBAT (City of Industry-Bay Area Trailers) consistently hits San Jose around 11 a.m. en […]

Living the hobo creed from San Jose to Oakland

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Stampede Pass, the intended capstone to my Stanford train-hopping days, is still a few weeks away. I became impatient and headed down to San Jose. The CIBAT (City of Industry-Bay Area Trailers) consistently hits San Jose around 11 a.m. en […]

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I expected to ‘fall and die’ after hopping the train from San Jose to Glendale (1991)

On Friday night at 11:43 p.m.,  I caught my 12th train out of San Jose for Los Angeles. It should be my last ride of 1991 (10 trains this year,

Freight-hopping risks from Klamath Falls to Oroville (1992)

Anybody know any hobbies that don't include large industrial machinery? After 15 trains and 2,800 miles in two summers of stolen weekends, I am ready to move on. I have

Running from the bulls from Belen to Barstow (1996)

Barstow, Calif., midway between Vegas and L.A., is the hottest yard of the hottest Western railroad, the Santa Fe. I dreaded this test. I'd been softened up by nine days

Riding the Feather River Route (1991)

I completed a 12-hour, 354-mile run up the Feather River canyon in the Sierra Nevada and through the Black Rock Desert. This is mostly roadless country off Amtrak's routes,

Busted again freight-hopping from Hagerstown to Roanoke

The Norfolk Southern includes the old Southern Railway and Norfolk & Western. The former N & W territory, alas, is rumored to be seriously unfriendly to hoboes. That's a shame,

Pleasant Saturday freight ride from Hagerstown to Manassas

Having ridden CSX three times, I wanted to knock off its Eastern rival, the Norfolk Southern. It has a militaristic anti-hobo reputation, much like the Santa Fe out West. The

Bad luck freight-hopping from Hyattsville to Cumberland

At 3 p.m., I was watching a film at the National Gallery. By 5:20 p.m. I was riding a grain car to Cumberland, 140 miles away in western Maryland. Several

Dangerous train ride from Cumberland to Gaithersburg

Up in western Maryland, nestled in the Alleghenies, is the crew-change town of Cumberland. You can go west on CSX to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Chicago, but I had to

Riding on the CSX Southbound through Washington DC

Some days you can't put it off any longer. I had found a storage facility for my repeatedly vandalized car, away from our hopeless capital that would have been

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