Mudcat Café message #1351407 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76279   Message #1351407
Posted By: Joe Offer
08-Dec-04 - 07:03 PM
Thread Name: Riding the freights
Subject: RE: Riding the freights
My oldest son rode freight trains acrss the U.S. a few years ago - he made me swear never to tell his mother about it. He found a lot of it tedious, and it got frightening when he was stuck in a fast boxcar in 115-degree heat in southern Nevada. He said most of the people he encountered on the way were pretty good people.
Next time he went across the country, he drove. Now he's all grown up, a professional punk rocker.
Anyhow, he found the freight train travel an interesting experience. I live on one of the most famous and heavily-trafficked railroad routes in the world, the Donner Pass route across the Sierra Nevada. I often see men riding in the open boxcars as the trains go by.
-Joe Offer-