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After three years of travel by foot, bicycle, bus and plane, Brian Cray hopped his first freight train outta Flagstaff, AZ, riding blind on a boxcar on the Southern Transcon.  He had no idea what he was doing or where he was going, but somewhere between the chaos, the innocence, the paranoia, train hopping stuck with him through the years, flowing in his gypsy blood.  Now he spends his free time between jobs wandering the country by freight train whenever he has the money and the time.

Train Hopping Loaded Coal

Hidin’ in the Shadows of Unit Coal

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Train Hopping Memphis With the recent rainfall, and playing hide and seek from workers and the bull, I threw up my white flag.  Never again will I waste two days trying to infiltrate BNSF Memphis...

Slow and Scenic on Loaded Wood Chips

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After lying my ass off to the Park Ranger at Baxter State Park, I found myself with a pink warning slip in my pocket, my pack in the bed of his vehicle and my...
Train Hopping in Chicago

Giants on the Steel in Small-town Iowa

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I hopped off my first Viking Ship around 9 PM, wandering the dark, dusty, dirt roads of Fort Madison, IA. The crisp air calmed me and as I listened to the deafening bellows of...
Train Hopping Gondola

It’s Not Fuckin’ Rocket Science

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Train Hopping Charlottesville After a long drug-crazed weekend boozin’, watching pupils turn to pinpoints with the flick of a flame, exhaling ice, crack and weed, we hopped out of a jeep by the train yard...

The Wood Chip Train Can

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Train Hopping Millinocket, Maine I woke up covered in a thick, wet, film of condensation from the crashing raindrops running rampant throughout the rough night, festering from the ambush of humidity. I glanced through the...