Forced into the light by a recent murder, a transient community starts talking.
>> Bulls Rail policemen (named for the dogs they used to patrol with).
>> Bullmobiles Bulls' vehicles.
>> Couch surfers Homeless members of punk/fringe culture who often bunk in with friends.
>> Crusty Punk fans who believe in involvement in the community. Many squat, and wear their clothes till they're ragged in protest against consumerism and materialism.
>> FTRA Freight Train Riding Administration, a sort of Hells Angels for hobos, allegedly responsible for much of the violence associated with train hopping.
>> Grainer/hopper Train car used to carry grain.
>> Grebo British term for greasers (crusties).
>> Hobo Someone who hops trains.
>> Homebums Hobos' terms for squatters.
>> Hopping out/catching out Catching a train out of a train yard.
>> Hotshots Faster trains that make few stops.
>> Junk trains Trains carrying mixed freight.
>> Oogles People who hang out with crusty punks but have homes or other places to go in bad situations.
>> Pickle pack Green tubelike duffle bag carried on the back.
>> Piggyback (now known as IM or intermodal) A train configuration in which flatcars carry containers.
>> Rag Bandanas hobos use as primitive gas masks when they ride trains.
>> Rails Train yard workers.
>> Rubber tramps Good old-fashioned hitchhikers.
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