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  • A Short Course On How to Ride Freight Trains Gerry Van Zandt 18-Jun-2008
  • What is Railriding?
    • Then and now
    • Hobo hierarchy
    • Language and Symbols
    circa 1929 circa 2008 = Good road to follow = good place to camp = beware of four dogs = leave here quickly = fresh water & safe campsite
  • Why Ride?
    • Escape
    • Self-sufficiency
    • Scenery
  • Trains 101
    • Specialized cars
    • General cars
    • Locomotives
    • Cabooses (Cabeese?)
  • “ Reading” Trains
    • What can a train tell you?
    • Things to look for
      • Units
      • Type & diversity of cars
      • Type of cargo
    • Train priority
  • Old Hobos Used …
    • Train knowledge
    • Railroad knowledge
    • Social engineering
  • Today’s Railriders Have …
    • Trunking scanner s
    • Smartphones
    • Mobile Internet
    • Social engineering
  • Hazards
    • The elements
    • Inexperience
    • Da’ Bulls
    • Derailments
    • Railfans
  • Special Agents
    • Federally deputized police
    • Generally lazy but alert
    • Post 9/11 railriding
  • Avoiding Capture
    • Look & listen
    • Be invisible
    • Think like a railroader
    • Be two steps ahead of the Bull
  • If You Are Caught
    • Don’t be a jerk
    • Be contrite
    • Punishments vary widely
  • Railroad Workers
    • Hard & tedious work
    • Great intelligence source
    • 25% of the time will report you
    • Never surprise them
  • Hobo Etiquette
    • Be wary of other riders
    • Share what you have
    • Announce yourself
  • Finding Trains
    • Railroad yards
    • Crew-change points
    • Slow-movement trackage
    Klamath Falls, OR
  • Getting On
    • Pick your car
      • Good and bad rides
      • Location, Location, Location
    • Ladders are your friend
    • Stationary or “on the fly”?
  • Getting Off
    • Throw gear off first
    • Use “kick” technique
    • Run, then push away
  • Gearing Up
    • Travel light
    • Know your climate
    • Water is paramount
    • Wear appropriate clothing
  • Catching Out
    • Plan your route
    • Pack appropriately
    • Be patient
  • Riding Resources
    • North Bank Fred
      • http://www.northbankfred.com
    • Freight-hopping books
      • Available at Powell’s
    • Recent films
      • Long Gone
      • Catching Out
      • Who is Bozo Texino?
    • Google
  • Can You Say ‘No’ To THIS ? Some photos courtesy of northbankfred.com