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The death of train hobos

This blog about end-of-life issues enables us to track here other things that come to an end, such as technology items and lifestyles.

In today's Spokesman-Review, I wrote about the end of the train hobo lifestyle. People don't ride the rails anymore. Why? Railcars are no longer “rider-friendly” and railroads have cracked down on trespassing.

The train hobo culture was always more glamorous in books and movies than in reality, but it's still difficult to believe it's gone for good.

(S-R photo by Chris Anderson. Note the modern train cars — nowhere to grab onto or sit upon.)


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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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