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Offlineimpgl
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Train hopping
    #5741716 - 06/12/06 02:57 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

its summer time~! ive been wanting to do this for a while now, and i think itd be a good time. i finally got rid of my powdery mildew and set up irrigation, enough to be gone for a good week, week and a half. so its time to hop trains! any one have any advice? anyone ever done this/ do this?


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Re: Train hopping [Re: impgl]
    #5741738 - 06/12/06 03:02 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

If you can access the Gathering and Travel Forum, there is a thread in there all about trainhopping.


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Re: Train hopping [Re: impgl]
    #5741740 - 06/12/06 03:02 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Make sure they're not moving.


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Re: Train hopping [Re: PinballWizard]
    #5741752 - 06/12/06 03:06 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Take a cellphone. Theres more dangerous minorities than 30 years ago.


Edited by TheMadConductor (06/12/06 03:06 PM)


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Re: Train hopping [Re: ClammyJoe]
    #5741837 - 06/12/06 03:30 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

there was a freight train that drove behind the apt i lived in last year. woke me up every morning at 9:30am. always wanted to hop on it and see where it took me, but never got around to it...too bad


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Re: Train hopping [Re: nightkrawler]
    #5742288 - 06/12/06 05:32 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)



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Re: Train hopping [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #5742306 - 06/12/06 05:35 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

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OneMoreRobot3021 said:
If you can access the Gathering and Travel Forum, there is a thread in there all about trainhopping.



how do you access that forum? it could be helpful.


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Re: Train hopping [Re: HeadTripVertigo]
    #5742411 - 06/12/06 06:05 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

You must first de-noob yourself.


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Re: Train hopping [Re: Koala Koolio]
    #5742439 - 06/12/06 06:13 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

how many posts does that require? I'm not that noobish...maybe postwise. but then again a few of you guys have 30,000+ posts. :P


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Re: Train hopping [Re: HeadTripVertigo]
    #5742593 - 06/12/06 06:56 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah - i wrote the post in gathering in travel - (maybe ill pm it later)

Anyways... a list of things off the top of my head..


-Wear dark clothes.

-Dont attempt a hop if you cant count the bolts on the wheels..

-Take leather gardening gloves.

-earplugs are nice.

-examine cars in and around yards to see which is ridable, and

-practice your approach.

-Keep it cool.

-Have more clothes than you think you'll ever need to stay warm.

-Have way more water than you can ever drink, cause if the train dont stop - your fucked. 4L is a good starting point, 2 gallons for more than 2 days in the sun...

-Pusher units will save your life if its cold and your on a siding. - never-the-less pushers suck to ride in..

-Beware of other train riders, know the difference between FTRA, a traingang, a friendly hobo, or openminded exploratory kids..

-Watch yourself in the yard.

-If your riding on metal, take something to insulate yourself between the the car and you.

-Check out railroad maps.. and company policies. Its good to know about the area's your riding/terrain/company policies/policing... etc.
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have fun... go slow, dont expect too much - train rides are long, boring, dirty and filled with unforseeable holdups (when you might think your left for dead on the freezing breezy mountains..) By the same token, its amazingly isolating and real and fills you with vigor and vitality youve probably never experienced. The scenery is great too...

Watch the people.. and watch out for yard workers - generally they are your friends and can guide you to the nearest train going your way. In other instances they may call the bull on you..

OH! - i recommend not hopping off a slow moving train.. theyre moving much faster than you thinK!..

Boots are nice..

Also, you can loot units for firstaid supplies, cold water, a toilet, grease remover, and first aid supplies..

anyways, goodluck.


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Re: Train hopping [Re: PDU]
    #5743634 - 06/12/06 10:45 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

i've never done it before, and I've had the urge. But all I can tell you is that if you are going to it, you should first accept the risk of death as a very real possibility.

and don't go by yourself! If you can, go with someone who's experienced...


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Re: Train hopping [Re: dr0mni]
    #5743675 - 06/12/06 10:53 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

I once went with a friend named jim. Jim cared little for customs of the train people, the people who feel real deal and seal the road ahead of them for little or naught to be bothered with cash, how rash he would say as if to imply something about the rich, sort of fish dish served cold on that open road. I quickly learned to stare outside, the windowless plain of the mountains begging for a piece of glass to shield them from people, steeple or meeple must be tried for a ride on this trite life, how quaint yet faint.


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Re: Train hopping [Re: TheCow]
    #5745437 - 06/13/06 01:24 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

haha sorry head trip, didnt know you posted a couple of hours before me.... weird! luckily, the bay area is filled with a good amount of train hoppers.


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