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Rail cars that hoboes ride.

“BOXCARS” Boxcars are my favorite rides on freight trains.  Boxcars haul almost anything and everything.  From frozen orange juice to bagged concrete; the boxcar hauls it all.   Me, inside the doorway of my boxcar when the outside temperature was 10 … Continue reading

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Railroad defect detectors and signaling systems.

  Automatic Block Signaling…(ABS) The basic concept of ABS is that the track is divided into Blocks; sections that are protected by Block Signals. A block is the section of line between two consecutive block signals. Trains operate by a track warrant … Continue reading

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Grand Trunk Railway employees are good track people.

Grand Trunk Railroad locomotive Heading up to Chicago on this winter day was a frigid one indeed!   I had hopped a freight train out of the Swift Yards in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, on the Union Pacific Railroad and was now heading … Continue reading

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Riding with “New York Slim”, the hobo king of 1998.

I had just ridden into Kansas City, Missouri, this early, warm December morning, and had made camp under the I-435 Loop overpass that traverses over the Union Pacific train tracks about six miles east of downtown.   The temps were actually in the … Continue reading

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Riding in boxcars and smoking crack!

This had been a long trip.  I had ridden a shaky boxcar from Spokane, Washington all of the way to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in four days. I was so glad that this trip was over.  I had experienced nothing but rain, rain and more rain while I … Continue reading

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My bicycle trip to the Arctic Ocean.

I had just gotten more supplies here.  I was in the parking lot of Fred Meyer’s store in Wasilla, Alaska. This was my eleventh trip up to Alaska since 1990.  I really wanted to do something different than hopping freight trains … Continue reading

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The railroad police and his trivia question.

This was the winter of 2002.  I had been riding in Canada for almost a month.  I had made the decision to seek warmer climate, so I chose to head south through the border near Malone, New York, where I would … Continue reading

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