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Best Place to Hop a Freight Train

Mount Clare Yard

Jack Kerouac is dead and, for the most part, so is the lure of riding freight trains across the country. You can thank a post-9/11 world and technologies like infrared sensors, motion detectors, and security cameras stationed at most train yards these days for that. But for those who are still determined to experience one of the last great American adventures, Mount Clare yard might be your best shot at getting out of town. There are plenty of places to hide while you wait, sometimes for days, to catch a ride on the old “iron horse,” and the yard’s size and urban location makes for an easy getaway from pesky authorities, if need be. An added bonus is the part of the yard that’s under I-95. It’s a regular throw-up spot for graffiti artists, transforming the area into a post-apocalyptic train station, art on the walls and all.

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