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Note: the music here has been subject to time and quality editing. Quality is better on the original CDs. The Museum Store carries a selection of music and videos.

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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, a world class museum of railroad history in Strasburg, PA.

Railroads and Music

Since railroading's earliest times, the sounds of trains have been a source of musical inspiration.

James Coffey. Railroad Music by Award-Winning Songwriter James Coffey:
Mr. Coffey has written many train songs and has recorded several CDs.
trainsongs.comListen to some great samples:
Down at the Station.mp3
Stop, Look and Listen.mp3
Be Safe.mp3
Come Ride with Me.mp3
These songs and presentation materials are copyrighted 2004. They may be reused only by permission of James Coffey or Blue Vision Music. For further information, click here.
Andrew Roblin Folk Music by Andrew Roblin:
The Philadelphia Folk Song Society has featured Andrew Roblin for nine consecutive years. In 1997, Roblin, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, earned the rank of number one Canadian musician, getting more radio airplay for his songs than well-known Canadian artists like Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot. Listen to one of his bluegrass songs:
Freight Train Boogie.mp3
His CD "Perilous Pursuit" is available here.
Rich Pawling. Rich Pawling's History Alive:
In recreating scenes from America's early mines, canals, and railroads, Rich Pawling has kept alive the folk sounds and ideas of our early days of development when the industrial revolution was emerging. Listen to several of his songs from his CD "Hammered in Iron - Railroad Songs and Stories."
Johnstown Flood.mp3  (This 1889 flood badly damaged Johnstown, PA and a number of Pennsylvania Railroad facilities.)
Wreck of the 97.mp3    
Wabash Canonball.mp3
Visit his site for information about his presentations and CDs.

Other Resources

Parlor Songs Logo.Here are several midi renditions of traditional railroad-related tunes, made available courtesy of Parlor Songs.com, which has more at their fine site:

Gordon Lightfoot, Canada's Folk Laureate, was commissioned by the CBC to write and perform The Canadian Railroad Trilogy for a New Year's Day program celebrating Canada's Centennial in 1967. This is the original presentation from the CBC archives.

For an extensive review and anthology of railroad music, see Music and Railways.

From the Library of Congress:   Railroad Songs and Ballads CD. Recorded by 16 different collectors between 1936 and 1959. Other similar items available.

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