train surfing

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train surfing

Riding on a train outside of the carriage, which is done in two different contexts:
(1) People who cannot afford the usual train fare in places such as India, Indonesia and South Africa, and are thus relegated to sitting or standing on the outside of moving trains for free; here, danger is an undesirable factor.
(2) Young (often male) adrenaline junkies who ride the outside of trains for the thrill of danger, or to film their exploits.
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The Echo has highlighted a series of terrifying incidents over recent weeks, including a sickening assault on train guard and Aberdare dad-of-two Mike Sheppard and regular instances of train-surfing.
Unlike Spider-Man, the youngsters have been warned they could die if their train-surfing exploits go wrong.
A TRAINEE teacher was killed in a train-surfing stunt when he hit a bridge at 60mph.
An inquest heard how Edward Shone, 23, from Runcorn, was train-surfing with a friend when the drunken prank went wrong near a train station in Surrey.
A UNIVERSITY graduate was killed in a train-surfing stunt when his head struck a bridge as he clung to the side of a carriage speeding through the countryside at 60mph, an inquest heard yesterday .
Anxious parents see train-surfing as an extension of joy-riding which has already claimed dozens of young lives across the Province.
A group of youths were the latest gang spotted train-surfing at a Maesteg station, leaping on to the side of a moving Arriva Trains Wales service and clinging on until the end of the platform.