11669Re: [FJGRailroad] Digest Number 1803
- Mar 4, 2006Hi Paul,
If you type Hojack into Google a number of sites turn up including this
one with their explanation of the origins of the Hojack nickname for the
paul larner wrote:
> Good morning,
> No, I hadn't seen that particular one. I went to the Hojack line yahoo
> site, which knew nothing, talked to a couple different town historians and
> others who had done articles in the area. The "Port Jervis" paper calling
> the wayfreight a Hojack fits with the connection I made with the speed of
> the trains and the use of the slow freights by the hobos. The connection to
> the hobos came from one of the historians up there, who asked his mother for
> her recollections of the line. She recalled the number of hobos and the
> hobo camps along the line as well as the migrants who picked the fruit.
> This is the first published use of the word Hojack that I have seen.
> Interestingly it is in the area of the Erie Ry. far from northern NY.
> Importantly the articles indicate such a word was part of the language.
> Could it be that "hojack was instead a term for a slow freight? From
> everything I have gathered, a "fast" freight never operated over the line;
> even their passenger trains ran on leisurely schedules.
> The rest of the Wikipedia information is in Hungerford's History of the
> RW&O. Never is the term hojack found.
> Good information; I can't buy the common explanations given for the term -
> my "reasonable" test.
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