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Hobo Stobe died a few days ago somewhere near Baltimore, word on the rails is he was drunk and didn't see/hear an approaching Amtrak, it's believed he moves out the way at the last second but his pack got caught and he was dragged then ended up underneath. He was a big name in the hobo world, expect to see lots of "RIP Stobe the Hobo" graffiti appearing on trains. There was no one with him when it happened so we can't be positive he was drunk but the guy was an alcoholic so I think he was. Not making it personal but most people in our world who know me know I didn't like the guy, with that being said I never would of wished death on the guy. Another hobo legend was hit by a train recently too, he's still alive. That's Hobo Shoestring, he lost 2 fingers and might lose a third to infection. I'm really curious how often do you think Amtrak hits people?

Pic is Stobe.


Another rider by the name of Stepdad was hit by a train this summer, he's in a coma. Idk what happened with that, we just have lots of mutual friends and know everyone was surprised it happened to him. Then there's another kid I heard about who's name I don't know, I just heard he fell off a train near Truckee and died. Some college kids in Pittsburgh tried hopping a train this year too and one died. Just a reminder this isn't a game I guess. You can and will get hurt if you slip up. Shoestring has been doing this for like 30+ years, he says he didn't slip up, it's his eyes, he's so old he's losing vision and misjudged a step and fell off the train.


> I'm really curious how often do you think Amtrak hits people?

They're fast and they're quiet. I don't have statistics but I'm sure they kill more people than freights, proportionate to the number of them running. They come out of nowhere sometimes.

Don't hobo while under the influence.


Amtrak 58 and 59 are having about 2 fatal hits every year in my area.

79 mph coming around a curve doesn't leave you a whole lot of time to beat the train if you're trying to go around the gates.


That's so true, so many times I'll be on a train that sides out and suddenly Amtrak just flys by without a horn, or warning. Other freight I usually hear before I see them.


Don't hobos avoid the NEC for obvious reasons?


OP just curious why did you mislike the man?


I mean it's kinda dangerous but really you should be on alert at all times, that area is pretty active with all sorts of trains.


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He was kind of a huge idiot. So he's mostly known for running a YouTube channel. On his YouTube he acquired a huge following made up of mostly non train hopping people, people who had no idea he was just kinda bad at ridding trains. He would constantly get on cars that were just not safe/bad to ride, get on the wrong train, bring nothing but beer (dehydration is a real threat when all you have to drink is beer), complain. So much of his channel is "I think this is going the wrong way" and him complaining about not having anything to do in the tiny town he arrived to at 1am (spoiler, all tiny towns are like that after dark). But my biggest issues with him were he monetized his channel, he actually charged people to view certain videos, monetizing homelessness is something I can't stand people doing, but only did he do that he did it while simultaneously talking down on riders with addictions (the guy was an alcoholic you'd think he'd have solidarity with them) and riders who were just younger than him. He also had racist tendencies only those fortunate enough to run into him on the rails when he wasn't filming for his YouTube got to experience.

Pic, some hobo tags at a jungle.


Sounds like an overall unpleasant guy. I can understand the monetizing homelessness thing though, when you're an addict you'll do anything you can think of for money. Sad story


I just spotted one of his best friends (Wingman) tags from 2005 in Portland OR a few days ago. Shocked me, I'm guessing if Wingman was here then so was Stobe since they often rode together. But also maybe not since Stobe notoriously hated BNSF or as he called them FNBS. I spotted the tag in a BNSF yard, I was there photographing super hobo tags that can be found deep in that yard if you know where to look. Unrelated but I recently rode Amtrak, my fourth time ever and I gotta say I'm not a fan. 3 out of for times my train has been delayed and I know sometimes it's out of their control but man if it weren't so dang comfortable I wouldn't ride again. It just made more sense to pay 50$ than to ride thru -4 weather considering my sleeping bag is only a 15 - 20 degree, which means I won't die at 15 degrees but I also won't get any sleep. So pay up or die possibly were my options. A 4 hour delay wasn't the biggest deal but I just kept saying "if you'd ride freight you would of been there 12 hours ago. Or dead." To myself.


> dehydration is a real threat when all you have to drink is beer

It's already a threat when its 90ºF and have to carry all your water with no possibility of refill for long stretches. Carrying alcohol is like carrying negative water.


>Carrying alcohol is like carrying negative water.

No kidding. I don't know why you all bother carrying around booze, but I suppose it's self evident already that you all don't care too much about life.


My post would imply that I didn't carry around booze at all. In fact I met hobos who were completely straight edge, never touched drink or drugs ever.

I care very much about life but more about enjoying it than prolonging it. I don't expect certain people to understand that though.


He didn't "constantly" get on trains that where dangerous or going the wrong way.

I think you're just fucking jealous because Stobe was doing decently on Patreon and bringing his fans more content


DirtyKid. Nah, not all small towns are like that after dark. Stobe wasn't ever homeless, as he himself stated many times. He charged $ and made $ off his vidz cuz freight riding was what he wanted to do. His videos took time to create, edit and show. You say Stobe eas drunk, but you didn't know. You also state how silent Amtrak is later on. Got some reality news for you, the damn world is racist, including you. Yawn. I sense some serious jealousy in your opinions. Too bitter. Hey, continue to live that way, kid. Do your thang.


"The whole world is racist" no, just you. I am bitter, he was some freakin yuppie housie making money off other housies by living homeless while actual homeless people struggle. If being homeless for 'entertainment' is your idea of fun you can get f*cked. This guy kinda deserved to get hit by a train, justice was served.


I don't know why I would be jealous of that, I don't have a fan base so why would I care about his and I don't care about money. I say this all the time, I rarely have more than 5$ at any given moment because I don't buy anything. I have food stamps and I don't drink/smoke/use drugs. So bus fare is about all I ever purchase with actual cash and that can easily be panhandled in a few minutes at a bus stop.


There's reasons why he died without ever getting added to The Jungle, he asked to join many times but was rejected every single time because 1. He blew up the spot 2. He was making money off a lifestyle some people can't just stop doing when it gets too cold or they're bored. He wasn't the only one I felt/feel this way about. All the guys over at Indecline get the same treatment, in fact they get it worse than Stobe ever did. There's countless of oogles and a few youtubers who post videos/photos of themselves train hopping that never give away as much info as Stobe did and never try to make money off it. Well besides the kids flying signs on the corner that say "traveling broke n' hungry" which is how Stobe was supposed to also make his money instead of that patreon crap.


Dirty kid your a joke. Get a life and leave the d ad alone sicko


Dirty kid your a joke. Get a life and leave the d ad alone sicko


Your grammar is the only joke here, lad.


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Seeing as I'm actively riding trains even tho it's freezing I'd say I have a life. But that may end soon, 11degree weather and 30 inches of snow do tonight while I rollby on a train headed to family for the holidays.


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I am at MSI.


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How do you like it? I went a couple of years ago, the layout was honestly a bit of a let-down IMHO.


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I got on in Portland, in front of a Max stop as the train aired up, rode a dirty face miniwell until a random siding then switched to a clean face one, then switch one more time in Eugene to a pig with wings to avoid snow. Didn't take that many pictures on my phone, only like 4, because I have this disposable right now I'm using.


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Hanging in the sun after getting snowed on all night. We sided in a tunnel for a while the previous night somewhere south of Klamath Falls, I'm not sure how long because I fell asleep but it sure was cold.


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Another side shot


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My view for 22 hours.


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I wish the side skirts were longer to keep more snow out but it wasn't so bad, I definitely still got snowed on but I had a bivy over my sleeping bag.


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My food and water froze so here's me attempting to thaw out my lentils.


I tried to tell stobie how ride he just went sleep


He was a decent guy.. All these pill poppers and heroin addicts who try to pass as travel-kids and riders have been hating on him a while. I have seniority in the community and I'd take him over most of these people any day..


Well here's another newsflash to Dirtykid. A ton of youtube vloggers don't have permanent homes or apartments. Youtube vloggers ask for money to support their making of videos which people get value out of. That's how it works. I also don't know & you don't know either if he was technically homeless. When he went back to Denver area did he live on the streets? Or in a shelter? You also way overstated him getting on wrong trains. Sure, he occasionally did. Something that many hobos do also. Previously riding a line, having access to a schedule, having a scanner, those are all things that would help someone to not jump on the wrong train. Even with all that & years of experience I'm betting the most seasoned of hobos jump the wrong train occasionally.


People who get hit by trains are stupid. If you got but by a car on the interstate it wouldn't be a surprise, it's no different on the rail. Bright individuals don't get killled by trains.


My sister met a hobo getting off a freight in Center City Philly. After he found out what city he was in, he remarked on his luck that it wasn't Baltimore. According to him, hobos are regularly murdered in Baltimore.


Hobos are stupid and have inflated senses of intelligence in train routes and scheduling.


Hobos are stupid and have inflated senses of intelligence in train routes and scheduling.

Just hitch hike and give truckers blow jobs.


Hoboing carefully is actually far safer than hitch hiking. You really don't know who you're getting into a car with, and someone who appears sober in a brief assessment may turn out not to be. Or they drive like a retard. Also, you wait for a train hiding in the grass or some shit; on the highway you don't always have a choice of where to wait and are at the mercy of every asshole speeding past you.

People dying on the rails generally did something stupid.


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I give homeless people straight batons so they do not get raped as frequently


So Stobe liked beers. That didn't make him an "alcoholic". Fuck you, you shitheel.


Alright dudes, I've been letting this thread roll because it's been fairly on topic so far. But here's the deal: we come here for trains. We don't come here for bullshit hobo drama. Y'all are kind of on thin ice as it is due to most of our sentiments on train hoppers, and I will happily permaban anyone who continues the name calling or arguing about the legacy of this guy Stobe. Trains or GTFO, dudes.


Rip stobe


I met Stobie in el paso, hanging out with some hiker trash. we all smoked and drank and played flute… He was a dude of major intelligence to say the least having very "grown up" conversations… mentioned he always carried bail money


Rest In Peace Stobe




Why didn’t you like Stobe?


He practiced terrible train habits. Catching on the fly when he didn't have to, over packing, getting drunk. I just overall thought he was disrespectful of the culture.


A first cousin of mine died while I was in High School—-does it matter what year?!!! VORTEX KILLS!!! What is Vortex? Air should be thought of as a liquid. When a 200 ton engine comes toward you,at 60 mph, it pushes air out of the way as it goes forward. What happens to that air? It rolls backward to fill that air which was displaced. My cousin Gary was playing chicken 🐓 and jumped to the wooden ties barely missing getting hit. Unfortunately, the displaced air caused a vacuum which suck him under the train—-it took police 👮‍♀️ two weeks to collect thall the body parts!!! You need to keep at least 10 meters back from a speeding train.


Granted they did it with smooth and aerodynamic passenger trains instead of freights, but mythbusters tested that and their crash test dummy was NOT sucked under the train, nor was their baby stroller.

And of all of the fast moving freights I've (foolishly) stood next to, I've never felt any "suction" force. Vertigo perhaps.

You stand back from fast moving trains because they might be dragging something– like when one of the southbound trash trains on the CSX Trenton line snagged a chain link fence and had it chop up all the trackside vegetation and a deer near CP Pennypack in Philly.


This is not so much a tragedy as it is a warning to heed proper train hopping procedure.


You wanna know the best way to hop a train?

There isn't one. It's a pretty dumb thing to do. Stay off of them and save everyone the headache.


I think a fair way to put it is that for most of us on this board, we like trains, but we also like being alive.

In my case, I don't ride because, again, I quite like the whole staying alive thing, but also because I live in a country where it's completely impractical. If I were to hop on a passing freight train, I'm not going to end up anywhere useful. It'll be the local coal-fired power plant or the steel works further down the line, neither of which sound like particularly fun places to be without supervision and PPE. They're also fully fenced in, which is a legal requirement of both the network as a whole but also any connected facility.


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What happened to this board? I know I'm the only one who was here as long ago as 2006-7 AND was a hobo before that and now 90% of the whole board is 'bos making shitty posts and old farts trying to discourage them. We'll never agree on anything except that we all like trains. Having said that,

1. stfu
3. goto 1.


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Newfoundland narrow gauge. Funny, I was just reading a kitbash article for the NF110's in S-scale last night.

The Nfld line looks neat, but I confess I know next to nothing about it.


I've got more but I am a phonefriend today… I'll post them later this week if I remember. That pic I posted is one of my own if you care about such things :)


Lmao at all the tripfags in this thread thinking they're on some higher plane. Thanks for the laffs, especially you Dirty.
Just now heard Stone passed so I decided to check here.


Hey if any of you train kids see June Moon tell her to come to Salt Lake some time, my roommates have met her in different parts of the country and said she should come visit if she ain't up to anything.


Wow so called dirty kid you really have never seen his channel by all your massive generilizations go unfuck yourself and come back with correct information.its clear you are a massive asshole with nothing to contribute but negativity. Kindly get hit.


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I'm locking this thread because it's nothing but a headache. 1chan is not the place for bums to fight about who is or is not a boozer, druggie, et cetera. I'm sure there's a better forum out there for people of this inclination. Any more bum drama will earn the poster a ban.

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