Post your favorite pop songs with railroads in it here......

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Post your favorite pop songs with railroads in it here......
Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:25 PM

A timeless classic from Johnny Cash:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG0fS4DoGUc

 

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Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:29 PM

Orange Blossom Special.........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhs5j7HN8wM

This guy is pretty good with just the harmonica.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV4YJwRStKI

 

 

 

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Posted by wanswheel on Monday, August 21, 2017 5:25 PM

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, August 21, 2017 6:04 PM

         

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Posted by schlimm on Monday, August 21, 2017 6:22 PM

For many years, author Studs Terkel hosted a radio show on Saturday nights in Chicago called The Midnight Special featuring the song as sung by Leadbelly.

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Posted by wanswheel on Monday, August 21, 2017 7:52 PM

Excerpt from Working by Studs Terkel (1972)

https://books.google.com/books?id=7M6dLngSY2gC&pg=PR29&dq=%22bill+norworth%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj31bbHy-nVAhXE64MKHeDtAAcQ6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=%22bill%20norworth%22&f=false

[Bill Norworth, retired C&NW engineer]

A diesel's a lot easier than steam. It's a lot better job. Diesels can handle more cars, more tonnage. Diesel'll pull anything. They move, they can run. They don't take the know-how that you had to have with a steam engine. Steam engine was more of a challenge. Those men weren't well educated but still had the know-how. They could get more out of an engine than a man that had a college degree. It was all pride.
 
When they got the diesel and got rid of the firemen, they had to make 'em engineers overnight almost. They're savin' themselves a penny, but it cost 'em, in my imagination, a dollar afterwards. 'Cause they've got men now goin' over the road that never even worked as a fireman on that territory, that hardly spent any time on the road.
 
Most of the diesel work, it's electrical. If it breaks down, they can't fix it. You've gotta send for somebody. In the old days with a steam engine, why, it was up to you to get that engine in. If something you could see was wrong, why, you could do all the repairs yourself or put grease or oil or what was needed to bring it in. With the diesel, you got your throttle and a brake, same as an automobile. I think it's easier than driving an automobile. You're on rails. On an automobile you gotta watch curves and all that. That's truthful.
 
Diesel's very clean. In the old days, with the steam engine, you had steam leaks and all that. And in the wintertime there was times you could almost go over the road and barely see any crossings, with the steam leaking around the cylinders. Diesel, you could sit in a business suit. Same as this room. It's almost soundproof. With a diesel, all you are is like a bump on a log up there up front.

 

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Posted by chutton01 on Monday, August 21, 2017 8:16 PM

Well, first of course I have to post a link to REM's 'Driver 8'.

Then Berlin's Metro

Finally, in regards to the post above concerning Stud Terkel and Diesel is clean, there were at least 2 popular songs around that era with a passing mention of diesels
Cream's 1968 "White Room"

You said no strings could secure you at the station
Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows
I walked into such a sad time at the station

And  Elton John's 1973 Saturday Night's All right for Fighting"
Get about as oiled as a diesel train


Heck, I'm not even including song's like Tull's Locomotive Breath or Ozzy's Crazy Train...



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Posted by wanswheel on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 9:56 AM
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Posted by LensCapOn on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 8:05 PM

Bob Dylan - Duquesne Whistle

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mns9VeRguys

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Posted by Maine_Central_guy on Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:07 AM

Jason Aldean- Night Train

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:30 AM

I think this one might have made it onto the charts at one time - someone put together a video to it which is pretty good, but not as good as the one I remember seeing when the kids were watching Captain Kangaroo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3tlCqqg7lw

In fact, I can't find the one from the show (which featured UP steam), but this video is all steam!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvJpgn7fVGY

Speaking of the Captain - how many know that the theme for his show was actually about a train?  I give you "Puffing Billy":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csorirBIWgw

The song was heard daily, of course, in living rooms across the land.

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Posted by goldspike 1 on Thursday, October 05, 2017 4:31 PM

The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer

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Posted by ORNHOO on Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:02 PM

Five Little Miles to San Berdoo by the two and only Jane Russell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiAXpxwWiOs

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Posted by SALfan on Friday, October 06, 2017 8:32 PM

"Last Train to Clarksville" by the Monkees.  Don't know the title, but there was a country song with a line that went "I'd rather be in a pine box on a slow train back to Georgia."

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Posted by wanswheel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:50 PM
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Posted by Shock Control on Monday, November 06, 2017 5:19 PM

goldspike 1

The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer

One of the greatest lyricists among the Great American Songbook crowd.

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Posted by Victrola1 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 7:12 AM

PAUL WHITEMAN ORCHESTRA, Frank Trumbauer's "Choo Choo," Columbia 2491-D (Potato Head)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rva7-DEyQ9A

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 8:15 AM

If he can use Paul Whiteman, then I can use this

Swingabella also has a good version of this, and perhaps unsurprisingly Manhattan Transfer has a version done ‘their way’...

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Posted by zardoz on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 9:00 PM

Gordon Lightfoot's Canadian Railroad Trilogy.

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Posted by SD70M-2Dude on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 10:04 PM

zardoz

Gordon Lightfoot's Canadian Railroad Trilogy.

+1

Pierre Berton once said to Lightfoot: "You know, Gord, you said as much in that song as I said in my book", referring to his 1000+ pages of The National Dream and The Last Spike.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, November 13, 2017 11:36 AM

Not specifically what is defined as "popular music," but still very popular with many railfans and professionals is the bulk of J .S. Bach's organ music.

It is now free! All of it.   Go to

smdt.umich.edu/bachorgan

and donwload and then enjoy, any time.

James Kibbie on historic German organs

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Posted by wanswheel on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:46 AM

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Posted by GP-9_Man11786 on Friday, November 17, 2017 9:48 PM

Soul Asylum, Runaway Train:

Joe Bataan, Subway Joe:

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad in N Scale.

www.prr-nscale.blogspot.com 

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Posted by Falcon48 on Friday, November 17, 2017 11:53 PM

"Mother's Lying in a Box in the Baggage Coach Ahead" (no recording available). Also, "Hey Engineer,  is this Train Goin' South" (novelty piece about New Jersey - several dixieland band recordings). 

There's also the "Great Crush Collision March", a novelty piece (without words) wrriten to "commemorate" the staged train wreck arranged by William Crush, General Passenger Agent of the MKT, which ended up killing a number of people when the boilers of the colliding trains exploded. The reason this piece of of some note is that is is one of the earliest published works of Scott Joplin, the famous ragtime composer.  The sheet music version is not a rag, but it was undoubtedly played as a rag.

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Posted by Shock Control on Saturday, November 18, 2017 12:28 PM

Rock Island Line:

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