• My hobo-freight train hopping videos are all at this website link:

General details

  • Shoestring

  • Rolling along inside an empty boxcar.

  • Mark Nichols  (a.k.a.) "Shoestring"

  • UFTR    (University of Freight Train Riders)              Everywhere, USA

  • Male

  • English

In short

  • I am a professional railroad hobo.   I have been hopping freight trains since 1989 and have ridden over 340,000 miles of rails since then as well.  I have ridden all railroad lines that exist in Canada, USA, and Mexico.  
    My hobo pictures can be seen at:

    and my hobo videos may be viewed at:

  • There is a huge difference between a hobo and a bum!  A bum will not work, but a hobo will, and I do have good news................
    I just saved a bunch of money on my boxcar insurance by switching to Gieco!

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Non-Fiction: Body, Mind & Spirit, Cooking, Food & Wine, Home & Garden, Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction, Outdoors & Nature, Reference, Science, Travel

  • National Geographic
    Readers Digest
    Popular Science
    Trains Magazine
    Model Railroader magazine
    "Close to home" books & comics
  • "Finger lickin' good"
    Autobiography of Col. Harland Sanders
  • Boxcar or at camp
  • "Rail cars that hoboes ride"
  • Non-Fiction: Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction, Outdoors & Nature, Reference, Travel

  • Niel Armstrong
  • Arthur C. Clark