Train Songs For
Railroad Enthusiasts

The other day I was looking for train songs that I could play in the background when visitors came to see my layout. I have some CDs I can put on an old music system I installed beneath the layout. I can play a thunderstorm or various sound effects for atmosphere.

Sometimes it's fun to play train songs while working on my layout or when friends and operators drop by. I started to compile a list of train songs I could load onto my iPod from my own collection of records or from iTunes downloads. 

I have a turntable that gives me the ability to record LP tracks as MP4 or wav tracks. I started this list of train songs for my own amusement, but thought others might be interested. 

If you have other songs I haven't thought of, please send me an email via my Contact page and I'll add them to the list.

  • Baggage coach ahead (Mac Wiseman)
  • Big freight carry me home (Boxcar Wille)
  • Blow that lonesome whistle, Casey (Al Dexter)
  • Boxcar blues (Boxcar Wille)
  • Boxcar Willie (Roy Acuff)
  • Boxcar's my home (Boxcar Willie)
  • Bringin' in the Georgia Mail (Bill Harrel and Don Reno Jone)
  • Bummin' an old freight train (Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass)
  • Canadian Railroad Trology (Gordon Lightfoot)
  • Cannonball Blues (Grandpa Jones)
  • Casey Jones (various)
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo (Glenn Miller)
  • Chick-a-choo (Bob Newman)
  • City of New Orleans (Wille Nelson, Arlo Guthrie and others)
  • Down by the station (unknown)
  • Drill ye tarriers (unknown)
  • East Bound Freight Train (Reno and Smiley)
  • Fast Train April Wine
  • Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash and others)
  • Freight train (Elizabeth Cotton and others)
  • Freight train blues (Benny Martin)
  • Hank and the hobo (Boxcar Willie)
  • Heavenbound train (Carl Story)
  • Hey Porter (Johnny Cash)
  • Hob heaven (Boxcar Willie)
  • I thought of you (unknown)
  • I'm a train (Albert Hammond)
  • I've been workin' on the railroad (various)
  • In the pines (Mac Wiseman and Merle Tevis)
  • It might be you (Stephen Bishop)
  • Jesse James (Granpa Jones)
  • Jesus on the mainline (Randy Travis)
  • John Henry (Hylo Brown)
  • Last Train (music track from Music Loops)
  • Lazy Locomotive (Smiley Burnette)
  • Lonesome whistle (Johnny Cash)
  • Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)
  • Midnight Flyer (Mac Wiseman and Osborne Brothers)
  • Midnight Special (Jim Glaser)
  • Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight)
  • Mystery Train (Sleepy LeBeef) and others)
  • Night Train (Count Basie and others)
  • Night train to Memphis (Joe Maphis)
  • Nine pound hammer (Merle Travis)
  • On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (Johnny Mercer)
  • Orange Blossom Special (Johnny Cash and others)
  • Paddy works on the railroad (unknown)
  • Rock Island Line (Johnny Cash and others)
  • Santa Fe all the way (Johnny McCallum)
  • Sentimental Journey (Jo Stafford)
  • Steel Rail Blues (Gordon Lightfoot)
  • Streamlined Cannonball (Mac Wiseman)
  • Take the A Train (Duke Ellington)
  • [The] Little Engine That Could (unknown)
  • [The] Train I'm On (Tony Joe White)
  • This Train [has left the station] (Randy Travis)
  • Throw Mama from the train (Patti page)
  • Train 45 (Mac Wiseman)
  • Train medley (Boxcar Wille)
  • Train of love (Johnny Cash)
  • Train Song (Murray McLaughlin)
  • Trains and boats and planes (Dionne Warwick and others)
  • Underneath the Arches (Andrew Sisters and others)
  • Wabash Cannonball (Roy Acuff and others)
  • Waiting for a train (Jerry Lee Lewis)
  • Wreck of the old 97 (Boxcar Wille)
  • Wreck of the 99 (Johnny Cash)

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