William T. Vollman on Hopping Trains

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  08.20.06 | 7:56 AM ET

In an interview in The Independent, William T. Vollman reveals that he’s working on a book about riding freight trains across the United States. The notoriously on-the-edge author tells Matt Thorne, “It’s really fun to think about the connections with the Beats, rereading Jack Kerouac, but also Jack London and Mark Twain, travelling fast through the country, that solitary, wild American experience.”

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Paul D. Tedeschi 04.07.07 | 5:06 AM ET

An author by the name of Michael Mather wrote a similiar book published in, I think, 1974. (Riding The Rails) The problem with such a trip today versus the 1950’s,60’s or 70’s is that people today are conditioned to think someone along the railroad tracks or on a freight train is a vandal or terrorist.  I always wanted to make such a trip; the closest I came was working as a conductor and locomotive engineer for Conrail in thru-frieght
service between Newark,NJ and Harrisburg,PA.  I am currently a locomotive engineer for New Jersey Transit.

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