Reading the Rails in its Purest Form. The Moniker Stands the Test of Time

By - Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Long before technology opened the graffiti floodgates, the moniker was used by rail workers and hobos alike to communicate across the country. From warnings  to greetings, these monikers race across the country weaving a labyrinth of messages that stand as the basis for freight graffiti as we know it today. Some have become legendary, others are hated by the masses, but all contribute to the rolling novel. Herby, Colossus of Roads, Khaze, and The Rambler are just a few of the old school regulars that frequent the lines as well as an influx of dedicated folks that work hard to carry on the tradition.

Others, Leroy Drown, Freight Bandit, Tex Goth are a few of  the newer generation of markers that roll through every day. These markings are the backbone of an expanding culture built on respect and dedication. So, the next time you are stuck at a railroad crossing don’t just watch the line, read it. 

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