Contemporary Railroad Songs

(Chronological Order)

  • Midnight Special (1936) (Sister Rosetta Tharpe); 1964 Johnny Rivers

  • Tuxedo Junction (1940) (Glen Miller)

  • Chattanooga Choo Choo (1945) (Glen Miller)

  • Sentimental Journey (1945) (Les Miller)

  • Choo Choo Ch’boogie (1946) (Louis Jordan)

  • Mystery Train (1953) (Elvis Presley)

  • Last Train to Clarksville (1956) (Monkees)

  • Rock Island Line (1956) (Lonni Donnigan)

  • Freight Train (1957) (Elizabeth Cotton)

  • This Train is Bound for Glory (1930?); (Peter, Paul & Mary, 1962)

  • Midnight Train to Georgia (1973) (Gladys Knight & the Pips)

  • Love Train (1972) (O’Jay’s)

Le Roy Barnett retired in 2001 as an archivist with the State of Michigan Archives. Throughout his career, Dr. Barnett made note of railroad trivia as well as interesting railroad facts which he has shared with RRHX. We hope that you enjoy reading them. Many of these "sayings", slogans, film names will bring back memories for you. If you have other factual bits of trivia to add, there is a hot-link on each page for you to use.


The following sources are utilized in this website. [SOURCE-YEAR-MMDD-PG]:

  • [AAB| = All Aboard!, by Willis Dunbar, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids ©1969.
  • [AAN] = Alpena Argus newspaper.
  • [AARQJ] = American Association of Railroads Quiz Jr. pamphlet. © 1956
  • [AATHA] = Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association newsletter "The Double A"
  • [AB] = Information provided at Michigan History Conference from Andrew Bailey, Port Huron, MI

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