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Riding the Rails in a

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Glad you could drop in. There is information here about adventuring that you won't find anywhere else. Specifically, information and stories about train hopping, riding freight trains for fun and travel.

And about urban adventuring, the kind of thing you do when you have an hour or so and want to challange yourself and get your adrenals pumping.

    Train Coupler
    Photo by Kevin E. Eatinger
    Train Hopping

      Trainspotting -- It's raining. It shouldn't be raining. It isn't supposed to be raining. I'm trying to catch a train and I don't want to sit out in the wet. I'm in a cafe. An article from BC Magazine.

      The Secret Life of Trains -- Outside everything is stillness. But inside our boxcar, it is pandemonium. The steady rhythm of this percussion orchestra is punctuated by the other-worldly screaming of passing trains. They sound like demons torn away by the wind as they try to enter our new traveling home. This freight is hauling ass. An article from Might magazine, including a comprehensive how-to hop freight trains.

      Rail Rogues -- You ask "Should I try to hop a freight?" No, of course not. It's dangerous. Everyone has a friend of a friend whose uncle got his leg cut off by a train. And as you know from Emperor of the North, the bulls and the bums are brutal and relentless. No one rides freight these days. An article from the Metro Newspapers, plus a collection of train-hopper's links.

      Feedback -- I get a lot of mail about these pages, much of it from other hoppers grateful for the information. But most of my mail comes from irate rail fans and railroad security people newly set loose on the net, berating me for my irresponsibility. All of it is pretty amusing. How much of my hate mail comes from the jealous anger of people trapped in their jobs and their families and the structured, unvarying lives they've built for themselves?

    Metro Cover Urban Adventure

      Urban Urges -- We have everything we think we need, which isn't much. It isn't like we are going to do it on the outside. We're going to do it on the inside. All the way. We are going all the way with Susan. And she's going to show us how. We're headed for the top. We'll be the highest people in the city at the tippy top of the tallest building in town. An article from the Metro Newspapers.

      Urban Adventure on the Web -- A growing list of 'net-connected urban adventurers, clubs, and organizations.

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