Riding the Rails during the Great Depression.

Since Civil War times, Americans had been hopping trains to get around.
It’s not the safest way to travel, but for people who were down on there luck it was sometimes the only way to get around.
When massive railroad strikes broke out around the turn of the century, railroad companies began to hire railroad police to keep watch.
These watchmen became known as “bulls” and some had a reputation for being violent with anyone caught in the train yard without good purpose.
But, during the Great Depression, in the 1930s, many poor folks had no other way of getting across long distances.
Even hitchhiking wasn’t a sure bet since many folks either didn’t have a car or didn’t have money for gasoline.
Tramps and dedicated workers alike both rode the rails during the Great Depression trying to just make ends meet.

For some it was actually a romantic way to travel.
Source: Train Hopping During the Great Depression – The Good Old Days

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