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New Hire

Posted - 03/11/2006 :  09:14:31 AM  Show Profile
I heard that Merle Haggard used to be a hobo. I tried to research it but no dice. Anyone know of any other famous hobos?
"...and lead us not, into Penn Station..."

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Posted - 03/11/2006 :  09:30:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage
Lee Marvin as 'The Emperor of the North'?

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Posted - 03/11/2006 :  09:44:31 AM  Show Profile
American author Jack London (Call of the Wild, White Fang, "To Build a Fire," etc.). In addition to being a hobo, he also shipped out as a merchant sailor, was an oyster pirate, and ran with a gang of San Francisco street thugs. All before he was 19 years old! As a hobo, he rode the rails all the way across the U. S. and back.

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Posted - 03/11/2006 :  09:44:59 AM  Show Profile
Originally posted by hudsonelectric

Lee Marvin as 'The Emperor of the North'?

For that matter...Keith Carradine.


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Posted - 03/11/2006 :  10:18:06 AM  Show Profile
The Doll says I dress like one most of the time.

Stand UP for AMERICA!!

Karl Scribner
Kentucky Southern Railway
Sunfield Township Michigan

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 03/11/2006 :  10:47:22 PM  Show Profile
I know of 4 Famous Hobos.

1)Box Car Willie
2)William Charles Burge(My Grandfather) and his 2 brothers,'Slim' Jackson and Burris Burge.

Now you know why I like trains so much.It's in the genes!

Have a good one.

Bill Burge

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Tim Kerkhoff

Posted - 03/12/2006 :  05:26:53 AM  Show Profile  Send Tim Kerkhoff a Yahoo! Message
Clark Gable, hard to believe, but true. There was also a Rockafellor I think.

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Posted - 03/12/2006 :  05:58:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage
Woodie Guthrie rode the rods several times. He was a folk singer of the forties, whom Hollywood would make a movie about. His son, Arlo, would record "City of New Orleans" which is one of the best renditions of the Train of the same name


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New Hire

Posted - 03/12/2006 :  07:18:26 AM  Show Profile
Joel McCrea & Veronica Lake in 'Sullivan's Travels"

Scotti Burns, West Kingston, Rhode Island

oh brother.... where art thou...?

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 03/12/2006 :  10:22:15 PM  Show Profile
You guys got me interested in hobos... here's the best thing I found on the net about the life. I love the chapter in which he tells about being run off the same train over and over until they finally gave up and let him ride!


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Posted - 03/13/2006 :  10:18:30 AM  Show Profile
This topic has peaked my interest. I remember when I was a kid in the 40's, several times rather scruffy men came to our door. Mom gave them cans of food and they left right away. They were quite polite and thankful. At the corner of our street, we would see chalk markings on the sidewalk that I know we kids did not put there. Strange symbols. Mom explained that the symbols were put there by men looking for "help".

I was wondering. Does this still go on? In today's society, I wonder how many people would feel comfortable opening their door to a "scruffy", unknown individual. I know I would have second thoughts - especially here in Phoenix(high crime rate).

I found a website with a list of movies and books on this subject that I thought some of you might find interesting. Sorry about the long URL



PS. Do Emmitt Kelly's "Wearie Willie" and Red Skelton's "Freddy the Freeloader" count? Or for that matter, Charlie Chaplin's "little Tramp" ? {I'm not dating myself much, am I?}

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Posted - 03/13/2006 :  12:28:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage
It must have been pretty tough going as a hobo in the early days of railroading. Laying across truss rods really doesn't appeal to me. And if you were lucky to find a empty box car to ride in you always had to worry about the brakeman beating the crap out of you or/and throwing you off a moving train. I'll settle for the sleeping car, thank you


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