Russian 'Train Surfers' Risk Their Lives for a Unique Thrill
Russian teenagers have long hitched rides on the back of underground trains travelling through Moscow
But some thrill seekers are now taking the craze to new heights - riding on 155mph trains to St Petersburg
The teenagers - who usually sport distinctive ski goggles and masks - cling on to the back of train carriages
Despite regular reports of youths being electrocuted and killed, the thrill seekers refuse to reign in their hobby
Russian teenagers are risking their lives in a deadly new craze - surfing fast moving inter city trains.
It has become a common sight in the capital Moscow to see the youngsters - usually sporting distinctive ski goggles and masks - clinging to the back of underground trains to hitch a free ride.
But some thrill seekers are now taking the craze to new heights - mounting the roofs and standing between carriages of St Petersburg-bound locomotives travelling up to 155mph.
At risk: A Russian teenager risks his life by hanging off the edge of a speeding train as it races through the countryside near Moscow
A teenager risks his life by hanging off of a speeding St Petersburg-bound train as it races through the countryside near Moscow
Anonymous: The Russian teenagers usually sport distinctive ski goggles and masks as they race risk their lives clinging to the trains
Sunset: It has become a common sight near the capital Moscow to see the youngsters clinging to the back of fast-moving trains
Alexander Nomernoy, 18, who regularly risks his life riding the inter city trains, said: 'Even the first time riding a train in this way was not scary. I wouldn't call it extreme in the slightest.'
The brazen group of train surfers can be seen waving at the camera in footage as they lie on the roof, clinging on by holding metal jutting from the train's roof.
Some even dangle themselves off the side of the carriage as the locomotive gathers pace.
Other clips show them sneaking in between carriages at stations before the trains pull away.
And despite regular reports in Russian media of youths being electrocuted and killed following mishaps, the thrill seekers refuse to stop their dangerous hobby.
Youth cult: The brazen group of train surfers can be seen gesturing at the camera in footage as they cling on to the train
Some thrill seekers are now taking the craze to new heights, standing between carriages of 155mph St Petersburg-bound locomotives
A Russian teenager wears a distinctive blue ski jacket and a black ski mask and goggles as he clings to an intercity train
This Russian teenager clings a carriage as he sits only inches from the floor as the train hits speeds of up to 155mph
Speaking of his hobby Mr Nomernoy said: 'I got interested after seeing a TV broadcast about a guy who died train surfing in Moscow underground. I wondered, how is it possible at all to do that?
'Then once when the underground was full of people and I just couldn't get into the train. I needed to get home ASAP, so I decided to give it a try...I jumped on to the back of the train and held on.'
More often than not the train surfers go completely undetected, slipping away before authorities know they are even there.
'I actually like riding the long distance trains. It is more dangerous in terms of coming into contact with police to ride the underground - more chances to get caught,' Mr Nomernoy said.
'I have tried many different ways of surfing - trams, trolleybuses, buses, underground trains roof and back...I would love to ride the underground train in different cities,' he added.
Masked: A Russian teenager films himself riding on the roof of a train as it races through the countryside near Moscow
A Russian teenager gives the thumbs up as he hitches a ride on a train. Many young Russian men have killed in similar stunts
Not spotted: More often than not the train surfers go completely undetected, slipping away before authorities know they are even there