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A Short Course on How To Ride Freight Trains
 

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    A Short Course on How To Ride Freight Trains A Short Course on How To Ride Freight Trains Presentation Transcript

    • 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