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?