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November 17, 2010

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I USED TO LOVE TO HEAR ROY ACUFF SIGN TAKE THAT NIGHT TRAIN TO
MEMPHIS.
J.A. IN ARK,

I keep coming back to see who won the guitar. How long will it be? My favorite train song, by the way, is Railroad Blues, followed closely by "In the Pines".

Wabash Cannonball.

I always loved steam engines. The last of the steam engines were giving way to diesel-electric trains when I was a kid, but I still remember a few coming through on the main lines south of Atlanta before they disappeared.

I've ridden on a few tourist trains and enjoyed them. The first was at Stone Mountain when my cousin was a conductor. That was almost 50 years ago. The last I rode was the train to Silverton, Colorado about 30 years ago.

There's a huge difference between steam locomotives and the diesel versions. I remember the first time I saw the engineer dumping sand from the tube in front of the drive wheels so they would get traction on the rails when the arm from the piston would push them and make them turn.

When Mom was a child, she lived in Gainesville, GA, a couple of blocks from the train line. They'd hear the whistle blowing in the distance and run to watch it pass through town. She always enjoyed talking about watching those trains.

I've always liked the Flatt and Scruggs version of The Wabash Cannonball. I enjoy listening to a good fiddler play "Orange Blossom Special."

I liked the song y'all sang at the Folk School's Fall Festival this year. I don't know the name of the song, but it mentioned the "passing of the train" a few times.

My 2yr old son and I loved chasing that NOC train. We would often see it leaving the gorge, we would wait for it as it neared Bryson, and follow along until it reached the station downtown. Then we would do our shopping and follow the same route back home. My boy in overalls, sitting on the hood of our old pick-up, waiting at each intersection became so familiar to the engineer that he would blow the whistle just for us, and then the tourists would film that little mountain boy waving his arm off and grinning. He was on a lot of vacation videos. He's 24 yrs old now, laughs about the good old days, and yes, every once in a while, we still "chase the train."
(And he plays the guitar and would be surprised to have this one. Enjoys the old train songs.)

Both Paul and the guitar sound great, Tipper. I think I would have to go with "Orange Blossom Special" as my favorite train song. There are so many versions, but a great picker can really show with that one!

Oh how I wish that we had the passenger train service that once ran between Hot Springs and Asheville twice a day!

(But don't enter me in the drawing, Tipper)

My Dad's first job was a telegrapher on the RR in Murphy and my Uncle was a station agent up and down the line. In my childhood years I remember visiting him and spending time in the depot in Clyde, Lake Junaluska and Black Mountain. The steam engines and train whistles still remain strong in my memory.

Enjoyed the concerts at the Folk School while attending Intergenerational Classes with my Grandson several years ago.

Tipper,
I sure love songs about trains. It just thrills my mama to hear trains whistle. Glad you posted this Appalachian music.

Hey, Tipper...first time visiting...but I love it! Yes, he was very good & is playing/singing professionally? My favorite "train tunes" are Wabash Cannonball (Benny Martin) & Johnny Cash's "Legend of John Henry"...:)JP

Hi Tipper, thanks --but I don't participate in Giveaways.. However, i do love TRAINS. My Dad worked for the railroad and I was around trains all of my early life.

There is a Santa train out of Kingsport, TN --which helps the poor in the Appalachians around Kentucky. It is such a fabulous project..

When we were near the Nantahala Gorge area this Fall, we did see a train... Maybe it's the one which goes from Dillsboro and/or Blue Ridge...

You've had alot of interest in the guitar... i hope someone gets it --who will love it and use it ALOT.
Hugs,
Betsy

I think the farthest back train song I remember was 'This Train is bound for Glory, this train'.If I'm lucky enough to win, I can't wait to just play all day and night and teach myself to play better.How exciting to think of. We saw one of the last steam trains back in 1983 or'84 come through the town we lived in, it was a really great experience to show my young kids at the time.Well, good luck to everyone and thanks for all the great stories and things you put in this newsletter, love looking at all of it, really makes my day.I've had bad days that I read Blind Pig and it literally just brings a smile to my face.Keep up the good work, it's wonderful!Thanks!-Sharon Allen

Train songs are some of my favorite...One thing I do miss about watching the trains go by is seeing the caboose on the end. I work at the public library here in Smithfield, NC and train books are among the favorites of preschoolers. Thanks for sharing wonderful posts and enjoy hearing the music too. Have a pleasant day!

Tipper, love all the train songs.
"Ride that Train" by Alabama comes to mind, and of course, the "Wabash Cannonball" is a standard. Thanks for sharing your music.

Yes, Tipper, that guitar sounds very good and Paul is not bad either!
Like everyone who grew up in my era I have an interest in trains. I was never on one till a few years ago. It was a short trip, a few hours, but it was fun.
When I am stopped for a train to pass at a RR Crossing I can't help looking at the cars going by and wonder where they have been!

When my daddy would play and sing "Wabash Cannonball", or "Casey Jones", he would cup his hands and make a sound like an old steam whistle - a long "WHAAAAAW!"
This site makes me remember things I thought I forgot...

Reminds of falling asleep to a train whistle back home in Kentucky. When I moved to San Francisco, I had to get used to falling asleep to a light-rail rumbling through--it's just not as romantic as a distant whistle in the night.

I think my favorite train song is Joni Mitchell's Just Like This Train: not exactly a mountain song, is it ;)

heres to trains

I have never been on a train, but have lived by the tracks. (In Florida if you live by the water you live by the tracks) I remember the trains carrying passengers when I was a little girl. My sisters were 6 & 5 years younger than me and when the FEC stopped carrying passengers they took the elementary school kids for a ride to the next town. I wanted to go so bad, but Momma wouldn't let me miss school, I wish she had. I love all songs that have the train whistles in them, that is a lovely sound.
Sheryl

tipper: wabash cannon ball, my dad told a story about a fella name of jimmy helton,actually many stories about jimmy. it seem jimmy was on the train to proctor, this about 1920.the conductor ask jimmy for his ticket, which he couldn,t produce. so he was promptly ushered off the train. as the train pulled away, jimmy was heard to say thats allright, i was in a hurry anyhow. bye for now . k.o.h

He sure is good with the guitar. I love trains, some of my great uncles worked on the railroad. The only train I have rode on is the Cass Scenic Train at Cass, WV. It is a slow ride up the mountainside.

My favorite train song by Jimmie Rodgers - Waiting for a Train http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbzc77Tz6PA

My favorite train impersonation is by Mark Simpson also playing Waiting For A Train http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYMF4ZVEkTA

I've only ridden a train twice...once in grade school on a field trip and the last time was from Miami to Columbia, SC ...Fort Jackson and basic training.... The Silver Meteor was the name of train....Wasn't the orange blossom special for sure....

There are two sets of train tracks in West St. Charles Parish, LA. You can hardley live in any area and not hear the trains or the whistles at the street crossings.

My grandmother often talked about the train being the only way to get across bayous and rivers as most were there during the Civil War before highways were built. A Yankee great-great uncle from Ohio told that new LA in-law about coming through St. Charles Parish on the train during the Civil War.

Tipper,

I have always loved trains. That is why I enjoyed your post. I can remember the last days when the steam engines still ran. Sure, I remember the diesel engines also back then. But, I've got to tell you now I loved the steam engines the best!

There used to be some train tracks over the hill from town and when we were little boys we loved to watch the train ( a steam engine )climb the grade huffing and puffing up to the top. The best part was when the old boy would level off and begin picking up speed ( about fourty mph I guess )and I can still hear the drivers kicking as it got faster. Most don't realize that a steam engine could really get it on once it got its speed up. They were fast! Some people say Johnny Cash's songs had the beat of a train in them. I guess you could thank Luther Perkins for that. I know you remember him and that long neck Fender guitar.

Whenever I hear "The Rock Island Line" I can see and hear that steam engine in my mind going down the grade. So many of Johnny's songs reminded of the drivers on a steam engine.

I always lived in the country and my uncle had a big draft horse he used for logging and he let her stay in our pasture. She wouldn't run for heck but she would trot. Her name was Maude. This post of yours has made me think of trains, their sound, (and yes) Old Maude trotting home in the evening and Johnny Cash. I can also hear the beat of that big footed mare when I listen to Johnny Cash. There was also the sound of a horse trotting in many of his songs. Remember "Hey, Get Rythmn" ?

Thank you, you didn't realize you were giving me a trip down memory lane did you?

Bradley

Oh the train songs -- those were some of the first I learned. Freight Train comes to mind and, of course, Railroad Bill. Nine Hundred miles was a good lover's lament and I guess the one I sang the most -- the Cannonball Blues. The trouble was that I was not a blues player, but just a little folk player and I doubt I did any of those train songs justice...

Tipper, trains have always fascinated me. As a small boy my mother took me on a trip from the RR crossing near our farm, to Jesup, Ga, then back a few days later.

In 2008, almost 70 years later, I spent 30 days on trains; criss-crossing the North American continent six times, each on a different route; over 10,000 miles. OHH, the sights I saw!!! My Last Hooraw!!!

Some day I'm going to share my Rail Journey with you all. But first I've got to go through more than 5000 fotos I took, to see how many are keepers.

I tell all who will listen: it's not where I went, but it's the journey that is the story.

I found this site by accident while looking for info about my Applachian heritage and am enthralled. I'm from north central WV and so many things you have discussed bring back memories. I learned to square dance while my uncle was playing the fiddle and calling "figures". As for trains: I love them and have since my mother took me as a wee babe to CA to visit my father in the Army in the WWII, which was quite a feat for a woman in that era. Young love!! Every Christmas my present to myself is something for my model train. Thank you for the reviving old memories.


My favorite railroad song is I'm Moving On by Hank Snow. I believe that song got him on the grand old opry also. he was one of my favorites. I worked for the Great Northern Railroad, which became the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, thru a series of mergers and retired from there after 35 years. Thats why i love railroad songs.

What a sweet memory!
And that guitar sure sounds sweet, too. Although, I'm not too sure I could make it sound as sweet as Paul does.
That's some good pickin', Paul!
Train songs...there are so many. But a most recent one is "Long Black Train" by Josh Turner.

Tipper,
Paul sure can play a guitar well
and his singing is great. I love
the sound you all have.
A long time ago I use to ride the
train coming from Andrews toward
Asheville. Only thing is: we hoboed the caboose about once every two weeks. The Conductor or
whatever he was called tried to
use a broom handle to goudge us boys from boarding, but we were fast and we could catch it on a hill easily. Once onboard we stole
all the fuzeies proping up the windows and used them to get jacket nests for fishing...Ken

Hi Tipper! Clapping hands for Paul too. My granddaddy was an conductor on the many little spur lines in SE Texas 1910-1935 and died in 1939, years before I was born. I have a box of postcards to my grandmother; he'd write a note from all his 'whistle stops.' Train songs were part of Texas cultures - ballads, blues, swing, and work songs. Thanks!

I love all things trains. you will have to read about my train past at this link
http://snapperone.blogspot.com/2009/07/ridin-rails.html

loved this whole post, every word of it. and you gave me part of my post for Friday. Daddy used to play harmonica and his most favorite song of all was his train song. I found one that is similar on YOUtube and will post it on Friday. wooooo wooooooooo

I believe my favorite train song has to be That Long Black Train its a good one and the guitar has a nice sound. Didn't know when I commented I was entered. GREAT!
vickie

I really enjoyed the song. I love trains to, I can still hear those coal trains going over the mountians and in the hollers at night, Thanks for sharing this, God Bless kay

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