Recalling the rough life and romance of riding the rails

Dick Sears, at left in photo, and Jerry Doolittle recalled their youthful experience riding the rails as hobos, in a talk Feb. 10 at the Cornwall Library. Photo by Leila Hawken

CORNWALL — The life of a hobo was the subject of a program led by two Cornwall adventurers on Saturday, Feb. 10. Their topic was so tantalizing that the Cornwall Library meeting room was filled to capacity.

“It’s easy to romanticize, but there was nothing romantic about it,” recalled Dick Sears as he introduced the program, which included his own experiences and those of Jerry Doolittle. While they never traveled the rails together, the risks they described were similar.

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