Synopses & Reviews
Official selection for Best American Travel Writing 2012 edited by William Vollmann (Houghton Mifflin)
Devoted to train hopping and train culture, this firsthand account of a risk-taking traveler describes the sights, sounds, successes, and defeats of riding the rails without a ticket. From exhausting waits in sparse canyons to breezy sunny rides, this volume covers the authors summer riding freight trains between Portland and Northern California. The author glorifies train hopping and expounds on his grand adventures, but also provides some interesting local articles about the railroads, on topics such as shipping trash to landfills by train, Junction City's lawsuit against the rail company, and a landslide. Full of unique photographs documenting the authors railroad journeys, this real-life narrative of a self-styled hobo exudes the feel of adventure and allows readers to explore the world of freight train travel vicariously though him.
"Aaron Dactyl's living hobo history periodical/book includes adventures, diaries, clippings, and fascinating graphics." —www.RoctoberReviews.blogspot.com
"This book has the distinction of being a selection for Best American Travel Writing 2012 and it's easy to see why with its vivid descriptions of the rail system and outlying towns and beautiful sets from Oregon to Northern Northern California." —www.PoopSheetFoundation.com
"Credit must be given to Dactyl for bringing it alive with a writing style that mixes enough railroad lingo with some pretty vivid passages of the scenery, the people and the towns he encounters along the way." —www.ReglarWiglar.blogspot.com
The Railroad Semantics zine is Aaron Dactyl's big round-up of all-things train culture. From trainhopping to hobo graffiti, maps to camps, Aaron gives the goods in a well-written style that's both informative and poetic. In issue two, Aaron describes his summer riding freight trains between Portland and Northern California. Between the exhausting waits in sparse canyons and breezy sunny rides into Eugene, Aaron manages to make riding trains sound like a grand adventure. This volume also includes interesting local articles about the railroads: shipping trash to landfills by train, Junction City's lawsuit against the rail company, and a landslide.
About the Author
Aaron Dactyl is an adventurer, railroad hobo, and train enthusiast. He regularly travels by hopping trains and is the author of Railroad Semantics #1. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.