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1. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

Has anyone done it? How safe/unsafe/legal is it?
Thanks!

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I did it once as a teen...but in the U.S. it is illegal in every state, and is very dangerous :(

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Like CC - gave it a shot once a long time ago. And, got caught! But, considering the time - I got a slap on the wrist and taken home by the local sherriff (I didn't get too far. :( ) It is definitely illegal throughout the US. If you are caught, there could be very stiff fines and jail time. Safety wise - not safe!!! Not only is there the possibility of bodily injury while boarding the train car, there are also several types of people who still try riding the rails that way, that are unsavory at best and downright criminal at worst. (And, I don't mean just picking your pocket type criminal.) I see where it would have some appeal but I don't think you want to spend your travel time looking through iron bars or worse.

4. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

this article can be for you

http://www.laweekly.com/ink/02/36/features-ehrenreich.php

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Illegal in every state, so definitely not recommended

6. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

but free and challenging - tempting