Saturday, November 14, 2009


Just last nite I was lying in bed trying to quiet my mind so I could go to sleep when I heard in the distance a train whistle blowing as the locomotive came chugging down the tracks toward a railroad crossing a few miles from our home. Immediately, this beautiful sound enraptured my very being and I felt a big smile come across my face. Now I really have no explaination as to why a train whistle sounds so beautiful and warms my soul so much. Why do I love locomotives, railcars and cabooses? I cant answer that one either. Just like why I cant answer why I love frogs of all kinds. But thats another story the frogs. Today its the trains Im thinking of. I can recall as a small lad living out in the country walking down the railroad tracks just hoping a train would come along at any moment.And lying in bed at night listening as the train whistle gently blew. For some unknown reason it just always made me smile and it felt as if I was riding away on the vibrations of the whistle.Speaking of trains have you ever thought about all the wonderful songs written about trains? I have and I love all of them.From Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues"If they freed me from this prison if this railroad train was mine, I bet Id move it on a little further down the line, far from Folsom prison thats where I want to stay and I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away" and Creedence Clearwater's version of an old blues song called The Midnight Special to the line in a Marshall Tucker song that goes like this-Gonna buy me a ticket down at the station dont care where I go,gonna climb a mountain the highest mountain jump off nobodys gonna know--Gonna take a freight train as far as I can I ain't never coming back, gonna take a southbound all the way to Georgia til that train he run outta track, and I could go on and on. But anyway Im sure there are lots of folks who love trains like I do. And its so nice to be able to have something so relaxing that doesnt cost a penny. Now you see why I love old trains. May all of you have a most wonderful weekend!


wildstorm said...

There's something very American about the sound of the train.

captron52 said...

Hi Wildstorm. Thanks for stopping by. Sure hope you have a great week!