Courtesy of Blair Kooistra.
The book "Rails in the Northwest/A Contemporary Glimpse" by Ron Hill and my old friend Dave Stanley had been out only a few years when I happened upon this scene of a hobo walking the ballast on BN's mainline at Wenatchee, Washington as an F-unit and geep switched the top end of Appleyard in September 1980.
"Immediately it registered in my mind: the same location, subject, and remarkably similar composition that Dave had photographed and placed on page 16 of the book (which remains a favorite on my bookshelf).
"I'll borrow Dave's caption, as it applies to this photo just as well as his:
"Wenatchee, Washington, as many other railroad downs, plays host to the other men of the rails: hoboes. This thirsty 'bo grabs a drink from his jug while waiting for the next slow-moving freight train to carry him away. He'll be at home then."