WOW THAT’S WILD!
Wonder how many times these guys have done this?? Whatever that number is, seems a little too risky and not worth it ….. but definitely “somewhat” entertaining.
The phenomenon of riding on outside trains came with the appearance of the first railway lines. On a series of first railroads, riding on rooftops and footboards of trains was common, but over time, starting from the second half of the 19th century, with an increase of trains in the sizes and speed, passenger coaches began to be produced fully covered and insulated from streets with a placement of all passenger seats inside carriages in order to improve the safety of passengers and prevent people falling from a moving train. However, some individuals practiced riding on outside of trains to travel without having a ticket.
In the United States, this became a common means of transportation following the American Civil War as the railroads began pushing westward, especially among migrant workers who became known as “hobos“. It continued to be widely used by those unable to afford other transportation, especially during times of widespread economic dislocation such as the Great Depression.
-In 2008, forty teenagers died in Germany because of train surfing.
-some 150 train surfers were killed in Brazil in 1987; at least 40 in the first half of 1988.
-In 2011, over 100 people were killed or seriously injured in Russia because of train surfing or climbing on roofs of standing trains too close to overhead catenary wires; a few dozen children train surfers were killed.
and most recently, the New York Daily News reported that a man’s head was decapitated after attempting to surf an F train in Manhattan. Click here for that story -> Daily News
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