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pages on this site containing general information on hoboes and trains:

A Return to Britt What a Mistake! (November 2005)
by Captain Cloud, Grand Duke of Hoboes

Bibliography (May 2006)
The listing of books, etc. has been expanded and moved to my other website, the "Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture"

buZ blurr (June 2006)
The man who gave us "Colossus of Roads" gives us more bon mots

 

articles appearing on websites with information on hoboes:

Club Wired: Abdul Rahimov (November 1995)
by James Glave for Club Wired

Hard travellin' (June 1997)
by Jan Hertoghs for the London Independant

Press Release (March 1999)
from the Union Pacific Online

Railroaded (October 2001)
by Silke Tudor for sfweekly.com

Photo Bill's search for Bozo Texino (November 2005)
by Andrew Hultkrans for Stim

Riding the Cyber-Rails (November 2005)
by Frederic Larson for 24 Hours in Cyberspace

 

college and university papers:

Train Tags (December 1997)
by Sam Caplan for a University research paper

Riders of the Rails (November 2005)
by Holly Dohrn for a College research paper

The Hobo Is Dead Long Live the Hobo (November 2005)
by Alex Brand for a University research paper

A Study into Hobo Literature (November 2005)
by Nial Anderson for a University research paper

The American Hobo (June 2006)
by Colin Beesley for a University research paper

 

magazine articles:

Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (August 1998)
by James R. Chiles for the Smithsonian

Stealing Rides (November 1998)
by Nelson Taylor for Bikini

Damn Track (June 1999)
by Steven Kotler for Maxim

Trainhopping (December 2000)
by Matthew Power for Blue: The Adventure Lifestyle

Hobo Chronicles (February 2003)
by Eddy Joe Cotton for the San Francisco Chronicle magazine

On the Rail Again (November 2005)
by Jan Hertoghs for the Belgian magazine Humo

The Art of Vandalism (November 2005)
by Allen Abel for Saturday Night

interview with buZ blurr (November 2005)
by Blake Donner for the Fifth Goal [a zine about Boxcar Art]

The Wanderers (November 2005)
by Rodney Graham for the Winnipeg, Manitoba Street Sheet Canada

In Search of the Wanderers (July 2015)
by Rodney Graham for the Winnipeg, Manitoba Street Sheet Canada

The Wanderers: Ten Years After (July 2015)
by Rodney Graham for the Winnipeg, Manitoba Street Sheet Canada

Train Hopping the Fraser Canyon (November 2005)
by Rodney Graham for the Winnipeg, Manitoba Street Sheet Canada

Train Hopping Canada's West (June 2006)
by Rodney Graham for the Winnipeg, Manitoba Street Sheet Canada

Train Hopping Across Canada - part 1 (July 2006)
by Rodney Graham for the Winnipeg, Manitoba Street Sheet Canada

Train Hopping Across Canada - part 2 (July 2006)
by Rodney Graham for the Winnipeg, Manitoba Street Sheet Canada

Train Hopping Across Canada - part 3 (July 2006)
by Rodney Graham for the Winnipeg, Manitoba Street Sheet Canada

 

newspaper articles:

Ax attack in freight car kills hobo (April 1994)
by Ellen Miller for the Denver (CO) Post

American Nomads (January 1996)
by Ken Howe for the San Francisco Chronicle

Trainhopping (January 1998)
by James Hibberd for the Austin (TX) American-Statesman

Train Gang (February 1998)
by Dave Irwin for the Tucson (AZ) Weekly

Hobo activities (June 1998)
by Mark Hodson for the London Sunday Times

Hobos hope for peace with railroad (August 1998)
by Matthew Schofield for the Kansas City (MO) Star

Loco Motives (January 1999)
by Dave Irwin for the Phoenix (AZ) New Times

Hobos hurt over serial-killer image (January 1999)
by Martha Irvine for the Associated Press

Riding the Rails From K.C. to Texas (May 2000)
by Rex for the San Francisco Examiner

Trainspotting (July 2000)
by Katia Dunn for the Portland (OR) Mercury

St. Paul hosts the alternative hobo convention (August 2000)
by Paul Demko for the Twin Cities' City Pages

The Other Side of This Life (Spring 2001)
by Patrick Marley for the Alternative Press Review

Urban Explorers, Crawling and Climbing Into the Past (December 2001)
by Carolyn Hughes Crowley for the Washington Post

The Hobohemians (July 2002)
by Ben Ehrenreich for the LA Weekly

Beamsplitters (December 2002)
by Joseph Gallivan for the Portland (OR) Tribune

Under the Bridge, a Man of Means by No Means (December 2002)
by Charlie LeDuff for the New York Times

Art or vandalism, railcar graffiti roll across land (January 2003)
by David Paulsen for the Wausau (WI) Daily Herald

Real hobos ride the rails as a way of life (February 2003)
by Deb Saine for the Logansport (IN) Pharos-Tribune

Train hoppers' adventure ends in arrest (March 2003)
by John Lynch for the Longview (TX) News-Journal

Living on the Edge (March 2003)
by Patricia Cooper for the Charlottesville (VA) Cavalier Daily

Dude, Where's My Train? (March 2003) [a review of Sarah George's film "Catching Out"]
by Mike Connor for Metro Santa Cruz

Long Gone (April 2003) [a review of David Eberhardt and Jack Cahill's film "Long Gone"]
by Jeremy O'Kasick for the Twin Cities City Pages

Last Days on the Tracks (June 2003) [Roger "the Dodger" Bryant finally retires]
by Lee Beach for the Klamath Falls (OR) Herald & News

Rail culture: the language of freight-hoppers (June 2003)
by James D. Graham for the Charlottesville (VA) Hook

Tramps found riding the rails (August 2003)
by Jonathan Gneiser for the Marshfield (MN) News-Herald

Down the Track (September 2003)
by K.J. Longley for the North Little Rock (AR) Times

buZ blurr exhibit is a sharp study in contrast (October 2003)
by Sarah Rozeboom for the Northwest Arkansas Times

Scenery Junkies (March 2004) [a review of Lucius Shepard's book "Two Trains Running"]
by John Mark Eberhart for the Kansas City (MO) Star

Young hobos said to be seeking escape (April 2004)
by Daniel Jackson for the Scripps Howard News Service

Jumping Someone Else's Train (August 2004)
by Craig Metz for Metro Santa Cruz

The Real Grand Excursion (August 2004)
by Mike Mosedale for the Twin Cities' City Pages

Life on the Open Rails (October 2004)
by Bryon S. Houlgrave for the Charles City (IA) Press

The Wander Years (December 2004)
by Leslie Dunn for the Monterey County (CA) Herald

Man of Many Marks (September 2005)
by Johnny Ray Huston for the San Francisco Bay Guardian

Part of Americana? the rail-riding hobos (November 2005)
by Jason George for the Des Moines (IA) Register

Hopping Freight Trains in the Twilight of Hobo Tradition (November 2005) [a review of Sarah George's film "Catching Out"]
by Stephen Holden for the New York Times

Railway Renegades (March 2006)
by Leonie Sherman for the San Francisco Chronicle

A Different Breed of Freighthoppers (May 2006)
by Pamela LiCalzi O'Connell for the New York Times

Riding the Rails (April 2007)
by Bonnie Henry for the Tucson Arizona Daily Star

Hobby Hobos (August 2008)
by Laura Drake for The Ottawa Citizen

On the run from everything but each other (May 2009)
by Christopher Goffard of the Los Angeles Times