RAILROAD SEMANTICS #2: $7.95, 5 ½” x 7”, offset, 96 pgs.

Mar 07, 2013

Here we have a properly bound zine/book from a train-hopping traveler, telling stories in a diary-style type format, from his travels focusing on Oregon and Northern California. You’re probably thinking, “Oh great, yet another zine of shittily written stories from some stupid, crusty, train hobo punk,” much like I was when I saw this in my pile of things to review. Much to my surprise, this description is just about as far from accurate as I could have possibly guessed. These stories are really well written, interesting, and insightful. Accompanying the stories are many photos (all taken personally by the author during these travels) as well as other railroad related schematics, maps, and news article clippings related to the stories within. It’s an excellent read, and I would totally recommend it to anyone looking to peek into the world of a train-hopper or those interested in train culture. –Mark Twistworth (Microcosm, 636 SE 11th Ave., Portland, OR97214)