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photo feature – under trains

January 10, 2015 - romanticpathofselfdestruction -

I met up with a dude, who spends his life chasing trains, in order to ride them. this radical type of moving from one point to another is not new, but I promise you haven’t seen this before . . .

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train hopping goes back to the times of the American Civil War and migrant workers also known as ‘hobos’, who couldn’t afford other transportation and hence jumped on freight trains going westward to find fortune and work.

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my friend HighIronHigh got obsessed with trains when he was a child. he would learn everything about locomotives and wagons, but his hunger for the big adventure brought him even further. Mr. HighIronHigh begged his parents to bring him to certain train stations and yards, so he could get in touch with the workers and conductors. with some he made friends and they took him to the trains and so he learned pretty much everything he needs to hop on them.

train hopping as a dangerous hobby became almost a note on the contemporary to-do-lists of young, educated travellers, but there is a difference: my buddy here does not just hops on freight trains to cross the continent, no, he climbs on top or underneath passenger trains, like the go-train in Toronto.

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this is dangerous, insane and stupid, but he can do it, because he has the knowledge, the right mind setting and the power. HighIronHigh  runs around with weights on his legs all year, just to stay in shape. he also jumps the ‘easy’ trains with them, because there it’s ‘not a big deal’…

check it out:

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