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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 8:28 p.m. PST

Tulsa Queen,
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Written by the Goddess Emmylou Harris and mere mortal Randy Crowell

City of New Orleans
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Written by the immortal, yet late, Steve Goodman
Yeah, Arlo did a pretty good version too. But Steve wrote it.

Orange Blossom Special
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This weird version is by Doug Kershaw, the Ragin' Cajun. Everyone and his brother worth his bluegrass salt also recorded it.
Written by Ervin T Rouse. (Who?)

My usual rules apply.
You must supply a video.
In fact, alternate versions should count! Except for Tulsa Queen. Only Emmylou and the Hot Band should count.

Does it have to have a name? Errr, why not?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 8:36 p.m. PST

Downbound Train, Chuck Berry
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That's a name isn't it?

Major William Martin RM Inactive Member01 Feb 2018 8:56 p.m. PST

"The Midnight Special", of unknown origin, the first printed reference to the song appeared in "Adventure" magazine in 1923, Carl Sandburg included it in one of his "American Song Book" publications in 1927, and Lead Belly (among many, many others over a span of over 40 years) recorded the song in 1934.

This version will be the most familiar to current readers. Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969

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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 9:03 p.m. PST

That's a name isn't it?

Sure. Why not?
My real reason in starting threads like this is to hear good music I wasn't aware of.

Is "Mystery" a name?
Mystery Train, with The Band and Paul Butterfield.
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zoneofcontrol Inactive Member01 Feb 2018 9:06 p.m. PST

Long Train Running Doobie Bros. (Illinois Central)
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Train, Train Blackfoot
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Wabash Cannonball Johnny Cash
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Thomas The Tank Engine Theme Song
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(Just to torture you.)

TNE230001 Feb 2018 9:13 p.m. PST

Taking the 'A' Train
Duke Ellington

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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 9:17 p.m. PST

Also, I figure Satan wouldn't have an Upbound Train, and he really only needs just one anyway, so it would in fact be The Downbound Train =^,^=

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 9:39 p.m. PST

The Six Five Special YouTube link


willthepiper01 Feb 2018 10:08 p.m. PST

Spanish Train:

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Oberlindes Sol LIC01 Feb 2018 10:50 p.m. PST

Glendale Train
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FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 3:22 a.m. PST

Choo Choo Ch' Boogie – Asleep At The Wheel

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band "Mystery Train"

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PeloBourbon Inactive Member02 Feb 2018 4:00 a.m. PST

I don't know if the fit in the selection criteria but here are few of my railway themed favorites:

The great Train Robbery – Mountain
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Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight &The Pips
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People Get Ready Curtis Mayfield
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The Memphis Train:
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Last train home Pat Metheny Group
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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 4:56 a.m. PST

Wabash Cannonball--but the Limeliters.

Unless "MTA" counts? The Kingston Trio.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 6:31 a.m. PST

chattanooga choo choo glenn miller

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Old Wolfman02 Feb 2018 6:51 a.m. PST

"Wreck Of Old 97",unsure of artist,but still a goodie.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 7:15 a.m. PST

City of New Orleans for sure followed by the Wabash Cannonball

Rogues102 Feb 2018 7:49 a.m. PST

Train in Vain – The Clash – to be fair it was a "hidden" track

Perris070702 Feb 2018 8:27 a.m. PST

Josh Turner – Long Black Train

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eddy195702 Feb 2018 9:33 a.m. PST

Marrakesh Express Crosby, Stills & Nash

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rmaker02 Feb 2018 10:11 a.m. PST

Wabash Cannonball as sung by Dizzy Dean.

As for MTA and Take the A Train – that's subways not REAL trains.

cavcrazy02 Feb 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

Train kept on rollin' by Aerosmith

Liliburlero Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 11:48 a.m. PST

Another vote for "City of New Orleans" followed by:

The Kingston Trio
The M.T.A
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It was one of Dad's favorites and was played fairly often during our childhood. He apreciated it, having ridden the "L" as a kid in Chicago.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 12:11 p.m. PST

As a kid it was definitely Chatanooga Choo Choo by Glen Miller (and I was a kid in the 70s, so I didn't hear it at the time it was popular, but I loved trains, and my mom had a great record collection).

I think this one counts (a train is named in it- the 102)-
Casey Jones by The Grateful Dead
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Peace Train by Cat Stevens-

Train Train by Blackfoot always gets me jumping.
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Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne (I think it counts as a name)
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Marakech Express by Crosby Stills and Nash-

Hear My Train a Comin' by Jimi Hendrix-

And finally, a riff off of the above. It doesn't name the train, but it's an amazing modern blues song- When My Train Pulls In by Gary Clarke Jr.
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mildbill02 Feb 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

Long black Train

Gone Fishing02 Feb 2018 1:35 p.m. PST

Some greats have been mentioned. Don't forget "Rock Island Line" popularized by a Scotsman, of all people, it's still one of the great old train songs, and is humorous too: YouTube link

The best Casey Jones version is by Mr Cash: YouTube link

And of course "The Wreck of the Old 97": YouTube link

Fun topic!

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 2:52 p.m. PST

Thomas the tank engine theme?

Dynaman878902 Feb 2018 3:26 p.m. PST

Going to have to go with Thomas the Tank Engine, can't think of any others.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 5:09 p.m. PST

Paul Simon can hear these trains….from afar

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Gokiburi02 Feb 2018 8:45 p.m. PST

Does Locomotive Breath count?
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Bonus Peace Train cover:
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Corporal Fagen03 Feb 2018 10:15 a.m. PST

Train Leaves Here This Morning – Eagles version
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Coelacanth03 Feb 2018 3:06 p.m. PST
Coelacanth03 Feb 2018 3:08 p.m. PST

I also like the cover of "Train in Vain" by Annie Lennox.


Heisler06 Feb 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

Silverton Train – C.W. McCall

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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2018 11:36 a.m. PST

Duke Ellington, "Take the A Train"

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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2018 11:38 a.m. PST

The Box Tops, "The Letter"

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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2018 10:36 p.m. PST

Doobie Brothers, "Long Train Runnin"

The Monkees, "Last Train To Clarksville"
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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2018 10:56 p.m. PST

Crosby, Stills & Nash "Marrakesh Express"
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Aerosmith "Train Kept a Rollin"
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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2018 11:40 p.m. PST

The Kinks, "Last of the Steam Powered Trains"

The Allman Brothers, "All Night Train"

Journey, "Don't Stop Believing"

Gladys Knights and the Pips, "Midnight Train to Georgia"

Bob Dylan, "Slow Train Coming"

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, "Blue Train"

The Clash, "Train In Vain"

Blackfoot, "Train, Train"

Hendrix, "Hear My Train A Comin"

AC/DC, "Rock N Roll Train"

Ozzy Osbourne, "Crazy Train"

Guns N' Roses, "Nighttrain"

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2018 11:49 p.m. PST

Creedence Clearwater Revival, "The Midnight Special"
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The Box Tops, "The Letter" (Better Video)
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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

John Fogerty performs "Midnight Special" at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Sept. 27th, 2008, on the last show of the Revival Tour. John Fogerty is an American Treasure.

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