Hobo symbols along rail lines.

COHiker06 Oct 7, 2021

  1. COHiker06

    COHiker06 TrainBoard Member

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    I haven't seen any on scale layouts and I haven't been on the lookout around old train lines outside of town. The search begins... american-railroading-hobo-codes-poster-62040-1514028521-1280-1280-1542395698.jpeg
     
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  2. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    They were usually chalk marks, and often on boxcars or water towers. So, good luck finding remnants.
     
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    On a fence or object outside of a home, indicating handouts, etc.
     
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  4. COHiker06

    COHiker06 TrainBoard Member

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    No doubt it would be a hard score to find. One of the old station shacks in Cripple Creek has graffiti on it from from the early 1900s. I'm hoping some of the old line shacks that have now fallen might have a scratched symbol on it somewhere along the way.
     
  5. RailMix

    RailMix TrainBoard Member

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    According to my mother, my grandmother, definitely a kind lady, often fed hoboes on the back porch. I wonder where the symbol was and what it looked like. Probably no trace now as this was back in the 30's. Everything looks quite a bit different now.
     
  6. BoxcabE50

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    Probably chalked or carved onto some object nearby, which was associated directly with her home. Mailbox post, fence, utility pole, or even so bold as somewhere near or on the porch.
     
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