Need to get from the Queens to the Bronx but don’t want to spring for a cab or squeeze into a subway car? Maybe you don’t own a bike and are too lazy to walk? No problem! As comedian and wannabe-hobo, Jeff Seal, demonstrates in this whimsical video, getting from Queens to the Bronx can be accomplished by hopping a freight train.
Jeff tells Untapped, “Some of the trains go all the way to Montauk so we were hoping to go there but instead we ended up in a train yard in the South Bronx and the engine decoupled from the rest of the train so we had to get off.”
Aside from the bundles of money you’ll be saving on cab fare, riding a freight train also offers beautiful views and a completely different perspective of NYC usually enjoyed only by train conductors…and Amtrak passengers. “We passed an Amtrak train right before we went over Hell’s Gate Bridge.” The train Seal is riding is run by New York and Atlantic Railway on tracks owned by LIRR and CSX.
Once you’ve mastered the 5 Burroughs, head to Pennsylvania on a CSX freight train for a real cheap weekend getaway!