HAVE YOU EVER JUMPED ON A FRIEGHT TRAIN?
Well, I have with a group of friends a long time ago and let me say, it
was not a fun trip. We were in Banff and had partied the night before
(all night) and next day were spaced out and hung over as we could be,
so hitch hiking back to Calgary was out.
We saw a freight train
nearby and asked the Engineer if we could catch a ride if he was going
to Calgary. He said yes but just don’t ride on the Units (Locomotive Engines) and to hop off before 11th street as the Railway Police would not think too kindly of us doing this!
In the box car we found a pile of left over wheat seeds and laid down
on them which turned out to be like lying down on fibre glass. Then as
cars were being shunted about on a siding the summer heat in the box car
that we were in turned up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or 48 degrees
Celsius. So a couple of us ran to a nearby farm house and borrowed an
old wine jug from a kindly Italian grandmother type. Filled it up with
warm well water from the garden hose ran back to our box car before the
shunting was over and drank our wine/garden hose flavoured water in that
120 degrees Fahrenheit heat and promptly puked. Then the train started
Written and Photo by Sir Richard.