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Train on the Brain (2000)

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Alison Murray travels as a hobo on freight trains across Canada and the US. She gets to know the community of train riders, especially the many girls riding the rails.

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Alison Murray travels as a hobo on freight trains across Canada and the US. She gets to know the community of train riders, especially the many girls riding the rails.

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arduous travel across North America
31 October 2002 | by taylor9885See all my reviews

Alison Murray gave up a job in London to ride the rails on our declining freight network. The stock looks old, at least to me, and the conditions in those freight cars are anything but comfortable. She and her companions bake in the heat or are chilled to the bone in rainy weather. They are always dirty. The bath in the lake when they reach their destination is always dramatic and pleasurable.

Sometimes they are removed from the train by police, but more often the problem is getting on a train going the wrong way, or meeting people they don't like. There's a hobo convention to attend--watch for Firecracker, a teenage girl, to galvanize the crowd. Primitive sound and camerawork, but can you blame them?


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