Agreed, I was also trying to mention this without sounding like a dick. Thank you for saying what I also thought. When I watched his videos (postmortem), my criticism gave way to sadness. Another young drunk with a camera is dead. Instead of him honing his train skills he wanted to gain YT followers and chronicle it all. The fact that he was a daily drinker and required booze to hop trains sure looks like active alcoholism. Only he could have determined that. To anyone who uses his videos as instructive, this very much was a tragic accident but there were many red flags to his style of riding trains.A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS>>>>>I tried to say hello to this fellow once: My friend and I were in the yard when Mr Stobe and his crew came by. We tried to say hello, but he scurried off into the woods. Eventually, my friend & old hippie tramp 2Slim went to meet with them the next day after I left, and they made a video about it. He seemed like a decent fellow, but definitely a tramp in training. He tried to put on the aura of a hard-boiled, road-wise stiff. I don't mean to be disrespectful, but it was clear that the way he rode, spoke, and did things, indicated that he was not a blowed in the glass roadster. He would make comments in his videos that suggested he did not really know the routes or towns. The final nail in the coffin (pun I suppose) confirms what I am saying. If you look at the map that run998rs just posted you can see he why he was killed...He was hoofing it on the North East Corridor!!!!! Are you fucking kidding me!?!?! What in the hell was he doing on that line?!?!?! That is the busiest passenger corridor in the country!!! Amtrak will run hot and fast through there constantly!!! 200 MPH trains run on that dedicated track!!! The catenary should have given it away!! If you see power lines above you and you are hoofing it on the roadbed underneath, Good-God!! GET OFF THE TRACKS!! He was obviously on the NE Corridor street trestle at E Monument Street, got whisked away, then pancaked it on the street below..... Bottom line: He was either without his cellphone, no map, drunk/lost, or just plain clueless. What I'm saying does not sound sensitive. It sounds judgmental I know, but I am mad as hell!! He didn't have to die in this way!! It is a shame he did, because he did not know what he was doing!!! Period!! A totally unnecessary tragedy.
Although Stobe never really at least documented riding an auto rack in his life, he did gain a lot of knowledge over time and even co-rode with at least one of our fellow STP members. I really thought he would pull a few thousand more miles and play it safe long enough where I would actually ride along with him. I know we lost a lot of good celebrities within the past year and a half, but it was a total blindside where I did not expect us to lose one of our own.
Per Matthew 6:13, Stobe, may the next train deliver you from evil - so you don't have to experience any more pain or suffering.
Thank you... finally some closure.Hello,
If anyone in the Baltimore area would like to pay their respects at the site there is information at: http://ssoih.com/stobe.html
It's sad the media couldn't cover any of this. The hobo community has been very gracious sharing memories and stories of Stobe. Stay strong.
Rest in peace Stobe
Do you think some fuckers pushed him over because they had some stupid idea that hid videos were , " burning the rails" . Which is complete bull shit. How did he fall? Drunk? Wtf man. I loved his videos. He made me want to start posting some of my own. Rip .
Dude! Absolutely! I use to ride back in 2008 & FTRA are seriously killers, they'll kill just because. Furthermore, he landed on tracks and was run over by another train which destroyed any evidence of anything happening. FTRA are sick they use to take people hostage in the yards & piss on bandannas and make them wear it. FTRA SHOULD BE KILLED! EVERY1!!!
Stobe was so nice, he trusted too many people and got killed!!! Nobody out there to hear you scream for help or to hear you die.