Old 12-25-2007, 06:46 AM   #1
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Anyone ever snag a shot of someone riding the rails? I saw one inside an open boxcar today.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:04 AM   #2
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Does this count? (It is not a rule violation, the loco is radio controlled)

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Old 12-25-2007, 01:31 PM   #3
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I haven't seen anyone riding the rails, but I had who can only be described as an actual hobo come up to me one day when out shooting asking for information on where the lines go out of Columbia. He seemed nice enough, so I played dumb instead of doing what I first thought, which was to knowingly give him bad information.

Later, I called NS Police to tell them to be on the lookout since it seemed where he wanted to go was on the NS.


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Old 12-25-2007, 04:09 PM   #4
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There is a picture I remember in the database with a hobo in a coal car, but I cannot find it. Someone with better searching techniques please help.
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Old 12-25-2007, 04:43 PM   #5
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Didnt get a pic of a trainhopper. But one time I was at a railfanning outing with some local guys and we seen a kid jump on a autorack....held onto the side for about 1/4 mile and then jumped off and almost fell near the wheels of the autorack. I dont see why kids,teens & adults want to be stupid....???
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Old 12-25-2007, 05:12 PM   #6
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There is a picture I remember in the database with a hobo in a coal car, but I cannot find it. Someone with better searching techniques please help.
search on "police"

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Old 12-25-2007, 05:27 PM   #7
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Funny story about that, I was watching that train go by from a bridge in Hawley, and waved to the crew as they went by. I saw this guy in the train, but didn't have my camera. He waved at me! I drove up in front of the train to snag a photo of the guy since it was so odd. Since I didn't have the BNSF emergency number with me, I had to find a grade crossing before I could call it in. Afterwards, I heard the crew say to the DS they thought he got on from the bridge in Hawley...they thought it was me!

The next day, the Terminal Trainmaster called me to say thanks and to send me a $25 gift certificate to Perkins for calling that in. He told me the story of how they stopped the train once and couldn't find him but that they got him the next time they stopped. The bad thing was that coal train was in front of 3 stack trains, and they had to stop and wait each time as well! But that's the only person I've ever seen riding the rails...maybe there'll be more...I could use another free dinner at Perkins, ha ha!
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:12 PM   #8
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Hmmm...I've actually seen quite a few...people really seem to like grain hopper ends in summer here.
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:17 PM   #9
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I see riders all the time. Unless they are doing something really dangerous, like the guy I found surfing the drawbar between two autoracks, or if they are riding in a unit, I just let them be.
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I see riders all the time. Unless they are doing something really dangerous, like the guy I found surfing the drawbar between two autoracks, or if they are riding in a unit, I just let them be.
The letter I got from the Trainmaster was in thanks because they had a guy who was killed in Jamestown, I think, from trespassing on moving rail equipment. I imagine a $25 gift certificate is much less expensive than the legal fees (even if aquitted) associated with a lawsuit from the surviving family members of the trespasser...
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Thanks! I just couldn't find the right key word!
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Thanks! I just couldn't find the right key word!
I just guessed right!

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About a year and a half ago I saw a guy riding in a gondola on a train. It was at night and I was just looking at the freight cars when I saw this guy waving at me! I have it on video somewhere, but it was too dark to really see.
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:34 PM   #14
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LOL! It had to be done.

I have yet to catch a 'hobo' though.
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LOL! It had to be done.

I have yet to catch a 'hobo' though.
Funny that you posted that photo! I'm the one on the far right holding the camera. Here is my take on the same shot:

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Old 12-26-2007, 05:24 PM   #17
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A few months ago a train stopped about 5 cars short of clearing the grade crossing, this is after 3 or so other trains already came though here, so the crossing was at his point blocked for 15 min or so continuous. there was this guy on the other side of the storage facility and he saw another train coming on the other track, so he just threw his bag over the stopped train, it landed right next to me and scared the crap out of me, then I turn around and see him climbing over the train, after he got the rest of the way over he was ticked that I took his picture:



This also is the guy who likes to give railfans a hard time by telling us he is with CSX and to get lost..
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Old 12-26-2007, 05:36 PM   #18
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A few months ago a train stopped about 5 cars short of clearing the grade crossing, this is after 3 or so other trains already came though here, so the crossing was at his point blocked for 15 min or so continuous. there was this guy on the other side of the storage facility and he saw another train coming on the other track, so he just threw his bag over the stopped train, it landed right next to me and scared the crap out of me, then I turn around and see him climbing over the train, after he got the rest of the way over he was ticked that I took his picture:

This also is the guy who likes to give railfans a hard time by telling us he is with CSX and to get lost..
I don't think a CSX employee would stand on top of a coupler (Especially the knuckles and drawbars), even with 3-point.
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I don't think a CSX employee would stand on top of a coupler (Especially the knuckles and drawbars), even with 3-point.

No, and he also got kicked out of the storage facility on the other side of the tracks because he was living in his storage unit. he also did this again but in front of a NS crew who had their train stopped by the crossing, by the time the NS police got there though he was long gone. He just does not like railfans, trains, and other people in general.

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Old 12-26-2007, 09:47 PM   #20
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One reason not to hop a train is because you might fall off at 40 miles an hour, get your leg "sheared" off and then be drug for a really long time --

Man Falls From Train

BREAKING NEWS: Man falls from train, is killed

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A body was found in Chester County, about 1.2 miles south of Meadowbrook Crossing on Friday morning.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said the body was found by railroad workers at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Tinker said the cause of death was head trauma.

No name was immediately released, Tinker said, because he had not been able to locate any next-of-kin. Finding relatives may be difficult because the man is believed to be an illegal alien from Mexico.

Tinker said he found some basic identification nearby, but isn't sure it belongs to the man or is even accurate.

Sheriff Robbie Benson said another man, who was believed to have hopped a train with the man that was killed, was arrested for trespassing in Greenwood County. Benson said that man, who speaks no English, told a translator that his traveling companion fell off the train. Tinker said since that's currently all the information he has to go on, he is ruling the death accidental for the time being.
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I saw a man riding in an autorack on CR's waterlevel route at BV Tower (8 miles west of Buffalo) in 1989. Didn't get a pic, though. It was one of those enclosed sides but open ends and top cars that you just don't see anymore.
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I imagine a $25 gift certificate is much less expensive than the legal fees (even if aquitted) associated with a lawsuit from the surviving family members of the trespasser...
Those are three words that don't belong in the same sentence. If there ever was an oxymoron...
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And here's what they look like when they realize they've been caught by a guy with a camera and a 200mm zoom lens:

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Old 12-28-2007, 02:14 AM   #24
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I don't care if someone hops a train. They are most likely aware of the inherited risks involved.
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I don't care if someone hops a train. They are most likely aware of the inherited risks involved.
Hmm, by that logic, I guess you don't care if someone breaks any law since they are most likely aware of the inherited risks involved???
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