A Short Course On How to Ride Freight Trains Gerry Van Zandt 18-Jun-2008
What is Railriding? <ul><li>Then and now </li></ul><ul><li>Hobo hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>Language and Symbols </li></ul...
Why Ride? <ul><li>Escape </li></ul><ul><li>Self-sufficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Scenery </li></ul>
Trains 101 <ul><li>Specialized cars </li></ul><ul><li>General cars </li></ul><ul><li>Locomotives </li></ul><ul><li>Caboose...
“ Reading” Trains <ul><li>What can a train tell you? </li></ul><ul><li>Things to look for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Units </li...
Old Hobos Used … <ul><li>Train knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Railroad knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Social engineering </li></ul>
Today’s Railriders Have … <ul><li>Trunking scanner s </li></ul><ul><li>Smartphones </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Internet </li>...
Hazards <ul><li>The elements </li></ul><ul><li>Inexperience </li></ul><ul><li>Da’ Bulls </li></ul><ul><li>Derailments </li...
Special Agents <ul><li>Federally deputized police </li></ul><ul><li>Generally lazy but alert </li></ul><ul><li>Post 9/11 r...
Avoiding Capture <ul><li>Look & listen </li></ul><ul><li>Be invisible </li></ul><ul><li>Think like a railroader </li></ul>...
If You Are Caught <ul><li>Don’t be a jerk </li></ul><ul><li>Be contrite </li></ul><ul><li>Punishments vary widely </li></ul>
Railroad Workers <ul><li>Hard & tedious work </li></ul><ul><li>Great intelligence source </li></ul><ul><li>25% of the time...
Hobo  Etiquette <ul><li>Be wary of other riders </li></ul><ul><li>Share what you have </li></ul><ul><li>Announce yourself ...
Finding Trains <ul><li>Railroad yards </li></ul><ul><li>Crew-change points </li></ul><ul><li>Slow-movement trackage </li><...
Getting On <ul><li>Pick your car </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good and bad rides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location, Location, L...
Getting Off <ul><li>Throw gear off first </li></ul><ul><li>Use “kick” technique </li></ul><ul><li>Run, then push away </li...
Gearing Up <ul><li>Travel light </li></ul><ul><li>Know your climate </li></ul><ul><li>Water is paramount </li></ul><ul><li...
Catching Out <ul><li>Plan your route </li></ul><ul><li>Pack appropriately </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient </li></ul>
Riding Resources <ul><li>North Bank Fred </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.northbankfred.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Freight...
Can You Say ‘No’ To  THIS ? Some photos courtesy of northbankfred.com
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A Short Course on How To Ride Freight Trains

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

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