Friday Fictioneers: Riding the Rails

Over at the Addicted to Purple blog, Rochelle has challenged us to write a story of ±100 words based on the photograph below.

Photo prompt © Dawn Q. Landau

Photo © Dawn Q. Landau


Genre: Fiction
Word Count: 100
Title: Riding the Rails

“The trick to hopping a boxcar on a moving freight train is to grab hold of the ladder at the front of the car.”

Panama Red knew some stuff and he shared his knowledge freely with those who were patient enough to listen.

“Ya see, that way if you fall, you have the length of the boxcar to give you the time to roll out of the way of the next set of wheels.”

I wasn’t going to be hopping a moving freight anytime soon. Who else is going to care for that damn dog that is following me everywhere?



  33 comments for “Friday Fictioneers: Riding the Rails

  1. March 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Thanks, Amy. I got my info back in 1977 when I worked with a guy who shared the finer points of hopping from when he rode the rails during the Great Depression.

  2. February 27, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Ah, nice one! I did a bit about freight hopping in my story, too. It would be pretty hard to freight hop with a dog. It makes me laugh just to think about it.

  3. February 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Just hopping around to some of the entries. Your story sounds like something from an old western movie. I like the fact that he’s staying with the dog. : )

  4. February 27, 2015 at 5:43 AM

    The things that hold us to Earth.

  5. February 26, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Allan, nothing to do with FF, but I’ve nominated you to take part in the 5-Day Black and White Photo Challenge if you so desire. Just publish 5 B&W photos and with each one, nominate someone else to participate. Hope you accept, but if not, I understand.


    • February 26, 2015 at 8:57 AM

      Thanks so much for thinking of me. I will accept the challenge.

      You are the third person to nominate me and I will get to work on my entries.

      Sent from my iPhone


  6. February 26, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Hopping or doggin’ it? Much to be said for doggin’ it… Great imagery in a small space – words & photo.

    • February 26, 2015 at 8:59 AM

      Thanks, Al. Whenever I think about hopping a freight I think about the movie Midnight Run.

      The dismount is the hard part.

      Sent from my iPhone


  7. February 26, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Well done, wonderful tie in to the picture

    • February 26, 2015 at 7:53 AM

      Thanks, Valentine. They worked well together this week.

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