over 200 stories from riders about their first trip, their worst trip, and everything in between:

Abdul Rahimov

Exploring Detroit

Portland to Nampa

Vancouver to Klamath Falls

Portland to Eugene

Richmond to Mojave

San Jose to Oakland

Crossing Stampede


Roseville to Eugene

Sacramento to Oakland

A Little Ride

Craig Branch

Riding from Truckee to Davis

San Luis Obispo to Oilfield

Santa Cruz Local

Jasper to Edmonton, sort of

Goodbye to the West

Winter is Here

Cumberland to Gaithersburg

Hyattsville to Cumberland

Hagerstown to Manassas

Hagerstown to Roanoke

Riding the Feather River Route (1991)

Belen to Barstow (1996)

Klamath Falls to Oroville (1992)

San Jose to Glendale (1991)

San Jose to Oakland II

Laurel to Seattle

Las Vegas to San Bernardino

Raton Pass

Royal Gorge the last time

Farewell to the Modoc

Moffat and the Royal Gorge (1992)

Hagerstown to Altoona, by accident

Back in the Saddle

Reflections on a 5-mile Ride

San Jose to Oakland III

Daytripping on the Santa Fe

Urban tragedy no. 2: exploring Buffalo

DC to Richmond

Dunsmuir, Three Years Later

Grand Junction to Denver, 2003

Manassas to Hagerstown

Roanoke to Hagerstown

Hagerstown to Harrisburg

Abdul Face Plants

Laurel to Casper

Exploring St. Louis

Groundhog Day in Elko

the Connellsville Fiasco

A Hiatus Ends

Camden the Damned

41 Miles Through Maryland

Cheyenne to Ogden

Forced to jump a train (Hagerstown to Lynchburg)

Epiphany in Klamath Falls

Baltimore to DC on CSX

Return to Detroit

Hagerstown to Lower Allen, PA

An aborted ride: Richmond to Richmond

Mark Robert Noel

My First Train Trip

Spring Break '95

Spring Break '96

Spring Break '97

Spring Break '98

Rictor Swing

First Train Trip

Dave Gross

San Luis Obispo to San Jose

Lance Humpert

First Train Trip

Scott Bukowski

First Train Trip

Jim Kane

First Train Trip

Deadline Dino

First trip

Garage Dave

First Train Trip

Seattle to Rochester

Washington Loop

Seattle to Tacoma and Back

Seattle to Scenic and Back

A Trip to Fred

Klamath Falls to Dunsmuir

Dunsmuir to Eugene

Eugene to Portland

Portland to Tacoma

Burlington to Everett

Seattle to Mukilteo and Back

Experiences with Police

Off to Get Drafted - part 1 (Milwaukee to Chicago)

Off to Get Drafted - part 2 (Chicago to Denver)

Off to Get Drafted - part 3 (Denver to Ogden)

Off to Get Drafted - part 4 (Ogden to Roseville)

Off to Get Drafted - part 5 (Roseville to Eugene)

Off to Get Drafted - part 6 (Eugene to Seattle)

Coast to Coast - part 1 (Secaucus to Meadville)

Coast to Coast - part 2 (Meadville to Fort Wayne)

Coast to Coast - part 3 (Fort Wayne to Chicago)

Coast to Coast - part 4 (Chicago to Kansas City)

Coast to Coast - part 5 (Kansas City to Pueblo)

Coast to Coast - part 6 (Pueblo to Salt Lake City)

Coast to Coast - part 7 (Salt Lake City to Ogden)

Coast to Coast - part 8 (Ogden to Roseville)

Coast to Coast - part 9 (Roseville to Klamath Falls)

Coast to Coast - part 10 (Klamath Falls to Portland)

North Bank Fred

If It's Tuesday it Must Be Colorado!

Colorado trip

Flemish Flailings

Out the Modoc

Modoc Revisited

Eugene Revisited

Dunsmuir to Eugene

Dunsmuir to Klamath

3 Days in a Boxcar

Klamath Shuttle

Vancouver to Black Butte

Klamath Chronicles

Idle Idyll

Doin' that Oak-town thing


The Long Way Around

Technology vs Clouds

On the Road (with Mops & Wuschel)

The Rain in Spain...

Summer '89 Train Trip

Christmas '89 Train Trip

Christmas '90 Train Trip

Christmas '91 Train Trip


the Owl and the Pussycat

Another Klamath Trip

excerpts from 1989 Journal

excerpts from 1990 Journal

excerpts from 1991 Journal

excerpts from 1992 Journal

excerpts from 1993 Journal

excerpts from 1994 Journal

excerpts from 1995 Journal

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Heartburn in the Heartland

Road Trip

The Low Spark of Haiku

Sam Glen

Roseville to Sparks

Dunsmuir to Klamath Falls

Derailed in Portola

Dave Williams

excerpts from "Boxcar Philosophy"


Sir James... Highball !!

Solitude Never Hurts Anyone

Giggles and Whatnot with Freight-cars

No Doubt Dave

Winter '98 Ride

Bitterroot Scotty

A Ride on the UP

To Adams and Back

Whiskey Dick

Roseville to Dunsmuir and Back in 48 hours

Gerry Van Zandt

Portland to Hinkle

Kings of the Road

A Summer's Finale

Fall Follies: Godspeed Mr. Grinch

The Littlest Hobo

My First Train Trip


Eugene to Sacto

Sacto to Oakland


Montreal to Thunder Bay

Port Huron to Toronto

Minnehopeless to Chi-town

Portland to Pocatella

Eugene to Portland (a short ride)


Sudbury to Thunder Bay

First Catch Out

Jasper to Vancouver, August 2004

Peterborough-Havelock (again)

Riding the Rails in Mexico

Montreal to Halifax

Toronto to Edmonton

Too Tall Ken

First Ride

Cheyenne West

In the Land of Deseret

The Owl

First Hop


First Hop, Sudbury to Winnipeg

Coast to Coast, almost...

Kyle Hoger

Freight Hopping, Aborted


Portland to Seattle and Back

Vancouver, WA to Bend, OR?

The Friendliest Little Bull

Flee Hopper

The West Coast Hobo Gathering

Mosca Avacado

The Exploding Unit

A Banjo Lesson


Dunsmuir to Klamath

Baggage Claim

Delta Blue Jeans

A Mail Train, Mojave Desert, and a Pocket Full of Water

Appalachian Sittin' Blues

Chris Rogers

The Short Train Ride

Shit Eatin' Grin

The High Line

Jet Set John

Hopping in '66


Train Hopping

Steve Keeley

Six Miles of Smoke

Hoboes and Apples

The Rails Sing, eh?

Hunting and Hunted on the Rails (Latin Like Me with Doc Bo)

Chihuahua Barks at Night

Island Capitalism

Central American Express

Village Idiot

Copper Canyon

Nabbed in the Rio Grande

Back in the USA (Executive Hobos and 9/11)

The Pacific

the Sierra

Great Basin

Milk and Honey Route

Velvet Cushions


Rolling Classroom



Long Road Home

Snafu in the Global Village

Railroad Indicators

Soot and Grit

Reno is Hot

The Last Westbound

Carpe Diem!

John Stone

First Train Trip

Denver to Chugwater

Denver to Granby

Denver to Missoula, Feb 2009

Door to Door sales - Hobo Style

Big Boy

A Close Call

Trains and Polecats


Big Boy II

A Fine Ride on the Highline


Chattanooga Choo Choo Memorial Day Weekend

Birmingham Bithcuts


Coal Train Suicide

Barefoot on Ballast


Ridin' the Poles Outta Gainesville, FL

Death of a Locomotive


Trip Report: Black Butte to Portland

Victoria Howe

Endless Summer

Solo Strip Trip

Highline Hijinx


Coast to Coast on the Overland Route

Coast to Coast on the Highline

John Bemel

Hopping freights from St. Paul to Seattle


Oakland to Austin via the Sunset, 2009

Overland to the Ozarks

Criminal Trespassing

Klamath to the Mountains

Alabama's First Train Ride

Hoppin' the Canadian Pacific Summer 2013

Mickey Fonx

Roseville to SLC

Soup Can

Summer 2009, Northwest

Andy J. Garcia

Eugene to Roseville


The Grizzly Punks