ENG4U-C Lesson 9 Riding the RailsTranscript ilc.orgCopyright © 2013 The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. All rights reserved.Pg 2 of 36 RIDING THE RAILS TRAIN PASSES FACTORY TOWN, STEAM TRAILS BEHIND A Film By Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell PEOPLE ON FREIGHTS JOHN FAWCETT (VO) 1935, I expect it was. I was only 16 years old. PEGGY DE HART (VO) I was 15 years old. I was real excited. I had two dollars and a half in my pocket. RENE CHAMPION (VO) I was young, I was 16 when I started. I was also well brought up. MAN CLIMBS LADDER UP TO CATWALK GUITAR WHITEY (VO) ...one day when school got out — it was the month of June, 1934, me and another guy ...we caught our first train out, together. And there was about twenty guys in the box car and they had to help us up 'cause I couldn't even reach the floor. PAN OF ROAD KIDS NARRATOR 1: At the height of the Great Depression, there were 250,000 teenagers living on the road in America. The country's economic collapses destroyed everything in their young lives. Their fathers had lost their jobs; they were evicted from their homes. Even their schools went bankrupt and closed their doors. Like the millions of adults roaming the country between 1929 and 1941, thousands and thousands of boys and girls left home in search or a better life. This is the story of why they left, how they struggled to survive, and how their experiences shaped their lives.