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There was a website that would give you the name of the #1 song on the day you were born. Mine was "Wabash Cannonball". Don't know if that had anything to do with me liking trains.:)
 

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My uncle was a hoghead on Santa Fe and ran between Winslow AZ and Seligman AZ. This was a song sung at his funeral whit all his Santa Fe pals were in attendance.



Life is like a mountain railway,
With an engineer that’s brave;
We must make the run successful,
From the cradle to the grave;
Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels;
Never falter, never fail;
Keep your hands upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.
Refrain:
Blessed Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore,
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.
You will roll up grades of trial;
You will cross the bridge of strife;
See that Christ is your conductor
On this lightning train of life;
Always mindful of obstruction,
Do your duty, never fail;
Keep your hands upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.
You will often find obstructions,
Look for storms and wind and rain;
On a fill, or curve, or trestle
They will almost ditch your train;
Put your trust alone in Jesus,
Never falter, never fail;
Keep your hands upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.
As you roll across the trestle,
Spanning Jordan’s swelling tide,
You behold the Union Depot
Into which your train will glide;
There you’ll meet the Sup’rintendent,
God the Father, God the Son,
With the hearty, joyous plaudit,
“Weary Pilgrim, welcome home.”

The origin of this song is murky. Eliza R. Snow may have written the original lyrics, with M. E. Abbey (a Baptist minister in Georgia in the 1890s) supplying the chorus. There is a similar poem/hymn by Snow, called “Truth Reflects upon Our Senses,” which Tillman put to this same tune in 1909.:appl::appl:
 

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Chuck Berry's and later Bob Seger did, 'Let it Rock". Chuck Berry also did "Downbound Train", which was kind of eerie.
I remember Johnny Cash did Christmas commercials for Lionel trains. When I was a boy in the early 70's Cash did an after school special all about trains.
 

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You just reminded me of another song. I changed one word in "Downbound Train" to
"Downtown Train" by Rod Stewart.

And apologies to DonR. I had said that no one mentioned "Chattanooga Choo Choo".
I just caught it that you did. Kudos to you.

And also kudos to Hobo for that number one pop hit, "The Cat that Chewed his new Shoes".

Memory hit me just now. When I was a kid, my mom bought me a small record made for kids, maybe 5 inches in diameter.
It was Arthur Godfrey singing, "I've Been Working on the Railroad".
Wish I still had that.
 

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Favorite train song

I had no idea there were so many. I remember some of
the great pop songs, Chattanooga Choo Choo perhaps best
known, but there's also On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe,
Wabash Cannon Ball, City of Miami, Ballad of Casey Jones,
Orange Blossom Special, and of course, I've been working
on the Railroad.

Those are just the tip of the iceberg. Check out this
railroad song list on Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_train_songs

That'll sure keep your layout humming.

Don
Don;

I just scanned through parts of the long list. I may well have missed it, but I didn't see my favorite train song, "Riding on the city of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie

Traction Fan:smilie_daumenpos:
 

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Bob Seger did Downtown train, although I think Rod Stewarts was better. If ya'll seen Rod Stewarts layout in Model Railroader it was in a couple of issues that I know of. He has the grim reaper on the rooftop of a building looking down to the street below. Don't know if anyone else caught it. It's refreshing to find little hidden off the wall scenes inside of the big scene, I think.
 

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Saxon - "Princess of the Night"

She used to be an ironhorse
Twenty years ago
Used to bring the mail to me
Through the ice and snow
I've sat alone and watched her
Steaming through the night
Ninety tons of thunder
Lighting up the sky

She was a princess of the night
I saw the writing on the wall
She was a princess of the night
I take a ride across the sky

Speeding, sparks like lightning
Engine working hard
Furnace on the foot plate
Shining in the night
Iron striking metal
The sound of racing steel
It's all I ever wanna hear
It's music to my ears

She was a princess of the night
I saw the writing on the wall
She was a princess of the night
I take a ride across the sky

She was a princess of the night
I saw the writing on the wall
She was a princess of the night
I take a ride across the sky

Ninety tons of thunder
Lighting up the sky
Steaming red hot pistons
See the wheels flash by
Hear the whistle blowing
Streaking down the track
If I ever had my way
I'd bring the princess back one day

She was a princess of the night
I saw the writing on the wall
She was a princess of the night
I take a ride across the sky
(sky, sky, sky)
 
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