One More Train to Ride

One More Train to Ride

The Underground World of Modern American Hoboes
Cliff (Oats) Williams
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Format: Paperback 24 b&w photos, 1 bibliog.
ISBN: 978-0-253-21652-6
Bookmark and Share

Other formats available:

Buy from Amazon


Drawn from intimate interviews with 14 modern-day "steel rail nomads," One More Train to Ride provides a revealing picture of today’s American hobo. Interspersed with their stories are original poems and songs echoing the ancient lyricism and loneliness of life on the road. Their connections with the past make the experiences of these hoboes even more striking, as they ride freight trains and jungle up in hobo camps, light years away from the 21st-century cyberworld—yet touching the very core of American freedom and individualism.

Cliff Williams skillfully elicits details of family background, motives, and clear insights into the daily life and philosophy of the modern hobo. With its evocative link to the past, One More Train to Ride continues a long tradition of books on hobo oral history, including Nels Anderson’s The Hobo (1923) and Thomas Minehan’s Boy and Girl Tramps of America (1934).

Author Bio

Cliff Williams (Oats) has been a "hobo at heart" since 1990, when he attended his first National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. He chose his hobo moniker because he eats rolled oats with milk and honey for breakfast. In his other life, Williams teaches philosophy at Trinity College in Illinois. He is author of Free Will and Determinism: A Dialogue, which recently went into its ninth printing. He lives in Deerfield, Illinois.


“"Something in us wants to hike away from all these enormously complicated arrangements and head for the west side of town and hop an empty boxcar heading for the coast. One More Train to Ride is a memorial to that urge to roam free and to the men and women who've made that hike and taken the ride. It's elegant and satisfying, and there's one more reason not to take the ride: hoboes tend not to have extensive libraries. Stay home and read this book about the noble hobo." —Garrison Keillor ". . . a riveting tale of the American hobo of today, drawn from intimate interviews with 14 contemporary "knights of the road." —Errol Lincoln Uys, author of Riding the Rails”

Customer Reviews

There are currently no reviews
Write a review on this title.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Foreword Gyspy Moon
Catchin' Out for Freedom, Guitar Whitey
The Texas Madman
What Is a Hobo?
One More Train to Ride, Hobo Liberty Justice
New York Slim
What Is It Like to Be on a Moving Freight Train?
Roving, Gideon
Dante Fucwha
Catching a Moving Boxcar
The Hobo's Heart, Virginia Slim
Waiting for a Train
A Woman on the Go, Cinderbox Cindy
Philosophy of Hoboing
Clearing the Yard, Bo Britt Eddie
Shanty by the Main, Iowa Blackie
Hobo Monikers
Drawing by Shortstop
In the Jungle
Sitting Around Our Little Fires, Oklahoma Slim
A Hobo Story
The Hobo and His Bedroll, Bo Britt Eddie
Preacher Steve
Good Turns
Making a Nighttime Run, The Texas Madman
New York Grizzly
Hobo Advice
There's a Little Bit of Tex in Me, Hood River Blackie
Roll Call of the Departed
A Hobo's Remembrance, Luther the Jet
Road Hog
Hobo Songs
Softly by Tracks, Buzz Potter
Death and Injury on the Rails
The Road to Nowhere, Dr. Poet
Hobo's Lament, Virginia Slim
A Bindle Stiff's Last Ride, Drummond Mansfield
Drawing by Drummond Mansfield