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Train Hopping

Santa and Old Blue

Darla pulled off highway 97 onto the shoulder at the 138 junction.  She smiled between glazed eyes with her frizzy red hair blowing from the crosswind.  I waved at her and as I motioned to shut the passenger side door, she stopped me. “Waaaait…here take this for the road doood,” she said in a dazed

Come on Down to Cleveland Town

Because of Rooster’s outstanding warrant in Ohio we needed to stay low-key while we wandered around Cleveland waiting for our next train. Somehow or another we ended up sleeping under a bridge on the sidewalk adjacent big orange traffic drums.  I yawned feeling too tired to argue with his tomfoolery, but low-key to me meant

Two Train Kids and a Pooch

Gusting winds, dismal skies and sporadic rainfall cut my seasonal work short in Western New York. With minimal work, and the itch of wanderlust, I hit the road towards the end of July for unknown adventures on the steel.   Pat dropped me off across from the CSX Frontier Yard early Monday morning.  The cirrus

Hitchhiking Texas

¡Runners in Snakeskin Botas!

The Misfit 4 – Prose Short Story Series I dozed off for a few hours and woke to sudden squeals of steel wrenching to a halt.  Doug sat there perplexed, pushing the bridge of his glasses with his index finger.  His bottom lip curled out like a rug unraveling.  Pam lay beside him asleep with

Van Horn Texas

Bippin’ in Texas with the Misfit 4

Panting and slobber filled the air early morning.  As Pam stretched her hind legs and limbered up, the rest of the crew tried to squeeze out a few last minutes of sleep, before giving into the blistering heat.  I lay there half-zonked pulling my sleeping bag over my head to savor my last minutes of

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