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Video Report - Freight Train Hopping in the West Coast of America (summer 2015)

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Mouse-punk, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. Mouse-punk

    Mouse-punk 28DL Full Member
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    Something a little different here, but still relevant i think. This summer i went to visit Oregon/California.
    Although i did some urbex, i wanted to post this video as i want to see what peoples opinions are, in the UK Freight train riding can be deemed as Urban Exploration and i have tried it although am unsure weather to post about this as it is a little riskier. (may post a video in the next few months when i have some better footage).

    In the USA riding freight trains has been a viable means of transport for a century and although the scene is a lot smaller now, i still know there is a lot of passionate people and "hobos" around, and i traveled with a few Freight riders myself. the video though, is my first "real hop" and i do it alone, starting at night, and riding for a good 14 hours straight, with a few very short stops. I started from the Californian border and ended up in Roseburg of Oregon.

    Riding the rail road is such a unique way to explore a place as, all the towns in this area where based around the rail road in the turn of the last centuary. This means there is places and buildings that have been untouched for nearly 100 years and plenty of incredible untouched landscapes to take in. This film was used in an art instillation exploring themes of isolation, and has now been edited to go online.

    I'd love to talk about freight riding in the UK and Europe and if anyone has had any experience in such things, anyway, thanks for reading.



    Unfortunately no photos can be uploaded now, and they are not on any public media, so just the film.
     

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    Livin the dream man :)

    Sent you a pm about the uk, love to know how you're getting on :)
     
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    Excellent post, excellent pants.

    I'm very envious of this, I'd love to give freight hopping another go but personally the risks here are a bit too high for me to do regularly. Also, the journeys are not as long as in the states obviously, and the destinations like Walsall and Crewe are a little less exotic. A big jaunt up and through Scotland is something I've thought about on these shores if I was to have another go.
     
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    Nice vid! Always good to see something from freight hopping. Enjoyed that :)
     
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    Always wanted to try this, I hop around on the back of passenger trains at the moment ;) but we don't talk about that...
     
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    Safe man! thanks hahahaha, love those things a little too much :p yeah you're right buddy its certainly risky but i think i've devised some decent methods. hit me up if you're ever interested in a trip like that, because i always am! shame about the situation in europe right now or i'd try this in france too.
     
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    thanks mate! glad for the feedback :) love your posts by the way!
     
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    Man, this is something I've always dreamed of doing some day.
     
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    Man that looks fun! I've always fantasized about trying it, but have never actually done it.
     
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