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Train Hopping

Unread postby PatAzo » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:53 pm

If you've a mind to watch any of the train hopping videos on You Tube and a few expletives won't offend you, watch this one. Be sure to watch to the very end...the very end. https://youtu.be/ePitzrNvKnA

If you ever watch Brave Dave's Big Fat Train Hop you might be interested to know he planned to visit Canada again for a train hopping adventure. Arriving in Canada for trip two he found that CP Rail Police had issued an arrest warrant. Immigration gave him the choice of entering Canad and being arrested or taking the next plane back home.
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Re: Train Hopping

Unread postby ~Z~ » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:11 pm

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Re: Train Hopping

Unread postby hoborich » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:44 pm

How times have changed. I traveled around the country in the summer of 1962, mostly on trains. Trespassing wasn't an issue back then. I had a railroad dick tell me to "stay away from the autos, and no one will bother you". Auto racks were not enclosed back then. While wandering around the Wabash Melvindale yard, now Oakwood, I had a train crew tell me and a buddy, "Climb up in the second unit, and don't touch anything. If anyone says anything, we didn't know you were back there". Rode to Ft Wayne in an F-7 in the engineer seat! In Nashville, a conductor said, "I've got a son your age. C'mon and ride in the caboose. You'll be safer there". That's how it was back then. Train crews would tell us what track they were making up a train, when it was called, etc. The only bad experience I had was in Birmingham, Alabama, when a rail dick put me in his car and drove me about a half mile out of the yard, and dumped me out on a pitch black road at 3:00 am and told me to start hitch hiking. No headlights in sight, and no idea where I was. As soon as his tail lights disappeared, I beat it back to the yard and found my empty box car, just as the train was taking slack. Some train crews would even tell us when and where the rail dicks were. I was standing on the platform in Biloxi, Mississippi one night around 11:15, when the L&N Pan American pulled in. Right behind the engines and ahead of the baggage cars, was a dark, empty Pullman car they were deadheading somewhere. I walked over and tried the door, and it was open. I jumped in an closed the door as the train started moving. I pulled my flashlight out of my duffel bag and looked around. I pulled down a berth, climbed in and fell asleep. Woke up the next morning on a siding somewhere. Walked to a restaurant and found out I was in Montgomery. Good times. A different era. Couldn't do that today. :D
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