Yes, I rode a freight train. And I documented it. I took a bus to a secret little spot in New Jersey and waited for the train to roll in. It did and fortunately there was an empty boxcar for the taking. The train took me up along the beautiful Hudson River on a warm summer day. It was most definitely one of the best experiences of my life. I felt so free and so absolutely American. I jumped off somewhere in upstate New York, hitched a ride to the nearest town, bought a bus ticket back to NYC and then rode the subway back to my neighborhood. I was covered in boxcar filth, people on the subway looked at me in disgust and I was deeply content.   

Check out a video of the ride in my video section.