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How To Hop a Freight Train ← 

How To Hop a Freight Train ← 
by Wes Modes Originally published in Might magazine, October 1994 What to Worry About Safety is a big deal on the railroad. It is real easy to get good and hurt. You are made of soft, breakable stuff, while railroad equipment is made of very hard, very heavy stuff. A rolling boxcar won’t even flinch as it quietly rolls right over you in a sneaky surprise attack. A rolling boxcar won't even flinch as it quietly rolls right over you in a sneaky surprise attack. Furthermore, accidents make everyone look bad. Don’t walk on the tracks. Some yards have a railroad cop. What to Bring Keep everything dark, dark clothes, dark pack, dark sleeping bag or blanket. You’ll be walking a lot and throwing your pack on and off of trains, so pack small and light — under 25 pounds. Don't forget to bring your patience. And think about warmth. Bring some sturdy gloves and boots to keep you safe as you scramble around on freight cars. Its nice to know where you are. Bring something to drink. A quick checklist:

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Train hopping Note that this website is mainly about hitchhiking, another free form of transport, which is much more legal and especially more safe. Train hopping (also called train surfing, train hitching or, in parts of the United States, catching out) is a riding on the outside of a train or another rail transport. In a number of countries, the term train hopping is often confused with the term freight hopping, which means riding on the outside of a freight train, while train hopping can be practiced on any type of a train.

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