train songs

A collection of train songs

Title Artist
3:10 To Yuma
45th of May 
5.15Chris Isaac
A Spike
AC/DCJosie Aiello
Across the Tracks BluesDuke Ellington
Algoma CentralStompin' Tom Connors
All Aboard the Blues Train
All Down the Line
Alphabet, The
Another Train ComingKim Weston
Are You Lonely For Me BabyFreddie Scott
At the StationJoe Walsh
Atchison, Topeka & Santa FeJudy Garland (from The Harvey Girls)
Atchison, Topeka and Santa FeJohnny Mercer
B&O Trestle at Takoma Park
Back Up TrainAl Greene
Baggage Coach AheadMac Wiseman
Ballad of Eugene Victor DebsJoe Glazer
Ballad of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad
Belle of the MononFrench Lick Springs Resort Orchestra
Ben Dewberry's Last Ride
Between Trains
Big Black TrainFlatt & Scruggs
Big Freight Train Carry Me HomeBoxcar Willie
Big Joe
Big Mike Henry
Big Rock Candy MountainHarry McClintock
Big Steel RailGordon Lightfoot
Big Train From MemphisCredence Clearwater Revival
Big Train RunningThe Doobie Brothers
Blow That Lonesome Whistle CaseyA. Dexter
Blue Railroad TrainDoc Watson
Blue Railroad
Blue TrainJohnny Cash
Blue Water LineBrothers Four
Boston & Maine
Boxcar BluesBoxcar Willie
Boxcar WillieRoy Acuff
Boxcar's My HomeBoxcar Willie
Boxcar's My HomeWillie Nelson
BoxcarsJoe Ely
Brakeman's Blues
Brave EngineerCisco Houston
Bringin' In the Georgia MailD. Reno & B. Harrell
Bringin' in the Georgia MailFlatt & Scruggs
Bringin' in the Georgia MailJim & Jesse McReynold
Brother Can You Spare A Dime
Bummin An Old Freight TrainLester Flatts
Bummin AroundBoxcar Willie
Bummin' an Old Freight TrainLester Flatt & The Nashville Grass
Bye, Bye Black Smoke Choo ChooJoe Glazer
Ca RouleCANO
Canadian PacificGeorge Hamilton IV
Canadian PacificGordon Lightfoot
Canadian Railroad TrilogyGordon Lightfoot
Cannonball BluesBruce "Utah" Phillips
Cannonball BluesGrandpa Jones
Cannonball RagDoc Watson
CannonballCarter Family
CannonballSeldom Scene
Casey Jones (blues version)Joe Glazer
Casey Jones (union version)Joe Glazer
Casey JonesGrateful Dead
Casey JonesJohnny Cash
CashJohnny Cash
Chattanooga Choo ChooGlenn Miller
Chattanooga Choo ChooJ. McCollum
Chick-A-ChooB. Newman
Chicken TrainOzark Mountain Daredevils
Chinacat SunflowerGrateful Dead
Choo Choo ChaboogieAsleep at the Wheel
Choo Choo ChooboogieLouis Jordan
City of New OrleansArlo Guthrie
City of New OrleansC. W. Mccall
City of New OrleansJohnny Cash
City of New OrleansSteve Goodman
City of New OrleansWillie Nelson
Clear the Track, Let the Bulgine Run
Clinchfield SpecialToe River Valley Boys
Coal Smoke, Valve Oil and SteamJohnny Horton
Cold MountainsToe River Valley Boys
Come Closer, LordToe River Valley Boys
Come On TrainDon Thomas
Corduroy Breeches
Country ExpressW. Raney
CPR BluesRobert Charlebois
Crazy TrainOzzy Osbourne
Crosstie WalkerCredence Clearwater Revival
Cryan the Blues
Crystal Chandeliers and BurgundyJohnny Cash
Daddy was a Railroad ManBoxcar Willie
Daddy, What's a TrainBruce "Utah" Phillips
Daddy, What's a Train?Joe Glazer
Danville GirlJoe Glazer
Dark HollowGrateful Dead
Darling, I Love You
Daughter of A Railroad ManJohnny Cash
Daybreak ExpressDuke Ellington
Desert MoonDennis DeYoung
Desperadoes Waiting for a TrainThe Highwaymen
Desperadoes Waiting for the TrainRita Coolidge
Destination AnywhereThe Marvelettes
Destination Victoria StationJohnny Cash
Devil's TrainRoy Acuff
Diplomat, TheJohnny Cash
Distant Train
Dixie FlyerRandy Newman
Do The Choo-ChooArchie Bell & The Drells
Don't Miss That TrainSister Wynona Carr
Down By the StationFour Preps
Down There By the TrainJohnny Cash
Downbound TrainBruce Springsteen
Downtown TrainMary Chapin Carpenter
Downtown TrainRod Stewart
Drill, Ye TarriersDick & Jacquie Schuyler
Drive the Last SpkieGenesis
Driver 8REM
Driving the Last SpikeGenesis
DulcimerDave Mallet
Dummy Line, The
Dying HoboDoc Watson
Dying HoboJoe Glazer
Eastbound Freight TrainReno and Smiley
End of Train Device
Engine 143
Engine Engine Number 9Roger Miller
Engine Number 9Wilson Pickett
Engine of LoveEarl Jordan
Engineer, The
Engineers Don't Wave From The Train Anymore
Engines of Love
EstatoeToe River Valley Boys
ExpressB.T. Express
Fast FreightKingston Trio
Fast TrainBobby Parker
Fireball MailFlatt & Scruggs
Fireball MailRoy Acuff
Five Hundred MilesKingston Trio
Five Hundred MilesKinston Trio
Flyin' CPRStompin' Tom Connors
Folsom Prison BluesJohnny Cash
Freedom TrainJames Carr
Freedom TrainMerle Haggard
Freight Train BluesB. Martin
Freight Train BluesBoxcar Willie
Freight Train BluesRoy Acuff
Freight Train BoogieDoc Watson
Freight Train BoogieReno and Smiley
Freight Train BoogieWhitstein Brothers
Freight Train Comin'Metallica
Freight Train Rambles
Freight Train, Freight TrainPeter, Paul and Mary
Freight TrainLibba Cotton
Friendship TrainThe Temptations
Frisco roadBruce "Utah" Phillips
From A Boxcar DoorBoxcar Willie
From A Rolls to the RailsBoxcar Willie
Full Throttle
Funky Soul TrainHank Ballard
Gambler, TheKenny Rogers
Gallopin' Goose, TheC. W. Mccall
Gandy Dancer's BallFrankie Lane
Georgia on a Fast TrainBilly Joe Shaver
Georgia on a Fast TrainJohnny Cash
Get Back on the TrainPHISH
Get Down Off Of the TrainIsley Brothers
Getting Up HollerCisco Houston
Ghetto TrainLuther Ingram
Glendale TrainThe New Riders Of The Purple Sage
Ghost TrainBee Gees
Ghost TrainCounting Crows
Ghost TrainMarc Cohn
Go Go TrainFreda Payne
Going AwayBruce "Utah" Phillips
Going Home TrainIrving Berlin
Golden RocketBoxcar Willie
Golden RocketHank Snow
Gospel TrainSister Rosetta Tharpe
Gospel TrainStevie Hawkins
Gospel TrainWright Brothers Jubilee Singers
Graveyard TrainCredence Clearwater Revival
Great American BumCisco Houston
Greenlight On the Southern Railway Line
Greenville Trestle HighDoc Watson
Hank Williams and the HoboBoxcar Willie
Happy Go Lucky LocalDuke Ellington
Hear That Lonesome Whistle BlowRoger Whittaker
Hear My Train a Comin'Jimi Hendrix
Heaven Bound TrainC. Story
Heaven Bound TrainJackson Gospel Singers
Hell Bound Train 
Hello HopevilleMichelle Shocked
Here's To You Rounders
Hey PorterJohnny Cash
Hey, Hey TrainJohnny Cash
Hobo Bill's Last RideHank Snow
Hobo Bill's Last RideMerle Haggard
Hobo BillCisco Houston
Hobo HeavenBoxcar Willie
Hobo JungleThe Band
Hobo's Lullaby
Hobo's MeditationJoe Glazer
Hobo, You Can't Ride This TrainLouis Armstrong
Homeward Bound
Hoosier TimeFrench Lick Springs Resort Orchestra
House Between the Tracks
I Heard That Lonesome Whistle BlowHank Williams Sr
I Heard That Lonesome Whistle BlowJohnny Cash
I Know You Rider
I Love the Sound of A WhistleBoxcar Willie
I Often Dream of Trains
I'm a Train
I'm Leaving On That Late, Late TrainSolomon Burke
I'm Movin' OnRay Charles
I've Been Working on the RailroadMitch Miller & the gang
I've Been Working on the RailroadTraditional
I've Got A Thing About TrainsJohnny Cash
If Love was a TrainMichelle Shocked
In a StationThe Band
In the PinesMerle Travis & Mac Wiseman
In the Station
India Pacific, TheSlim Dusty
Indiana Is So RichFrench Lick Springs Resort Orchestra
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan
Jamie, Go and Ile That Car
Jay Gould's Daughter
Jenny Dreamed of TrainsSweethearts of the Rodeo
Jesse JamesGrandpa Jones
Jimmie the KidJimmie Roger
Jimmy Did You Know ( We were all gonna ride the train)
John HenryHylo Brown
John HenryMerle Travis
Jump that trainFoghat
Jumping Someone Elses TrainCure
Just like this TrainJoni Mitchell
Kansas City Railroad BluesToe River Valley Boys
Keep on Rollin' Down The LineBoxcar Willie
King of the RoadBoxcar Willie
King of the RoadRoger Miller
L&M Don't Stop Here AnymoreMichelle Shocked
L&N Don't Stop Here AnymoreJohnny Cash
Last Call For DinnerFrench Lick Springs Resort Orchestra
Last CannonballMary McCaslin
Last Fair Deal Gone DownRobert Johnson
Last Train For GloryArlo Guthrie
Last Train From Poor Valley
Last Train HomePat Methany
Last Train To ClarksvilleFour Tops
Last Train To ClarksvilleThe Monkees
Last Train To LovelandEddie Hinton
Last Train To San Fernando
Last TrainAllen Toussaint
Last TrainArlo Guthrie
Last TrainGraham Central Station
Last TrainPeter Rowan
Lazy LocomotiveS. Burrette
Le Train du NordFelix LeClearc
Lee Highway BluesToe River Valley Boys
Legend of John HenryJohnny Cash
Let Me Ride the SouthboundRex Allen Sr
Let the Train Wistle BlowJohnny Cash
Letter, TheBox Tops
Letter, TheJoe Cocker
Life Is A Mountain RailroadCarter Family
Life on the Railroad
Life's Railway to HeavenAmazing Rythm Aces
Life's Railway to HeavenPatsy Cline
Light at the End of the TunnelRichie Havens
Lincoln's Funeral Train
Little Engine That Could
Little Red Train
Little Stream of Whiskey
Little Train From CaipiraHeiton Villa-Lobos
Loco-MotionLittle Eva
Locomotive BreathJethro Tull
Locomotive ManJohnny Cash
LocomotiveSawyer Brown
London TrainOliver Sain
Lonesome JoeBoxcar Willie
Lonesome WhistleBoxcar Willie
Lonesome WhistleJohnny Cash
Lonesome whistleStonewall Jackson
Long Train Runnin'The Doobie Brothers
Long Twin Silver LineBob Seger
Lord of the TrainsTom Russell
Losing My Blues TonightSlim Dusty
Lost Train Blues
Love and wealthToe River Valley Boys
Love In VainR. Johnson
Love TrainJimmy Castor Bunch
Love TrainThe O'Jays
Love's TrainCon Funk Shun
Maine and the SOO Line
Mamie's Blues
Man Who Paid My FareFrench Lick Springs Resort Orchestra
Many a Man Killed on the RailroadJoe Glazer
Marrakesh ExpressCrosby, Stills and Nash
Me and Bobby McGeeKris Kristofferson
Medicine TrainThe Cult (Sonic Temple)
Memories of HomeToe River Valley Boys
Memphis FlyerNeil Diamond
Memphis TrainRufus Thomas
Metro, TheBerlin
Midnight FlyerMac Wiseman
Midnight FlyerOsborne Brothers
Midnight FlyerThe Eagles
Midnight SpecialCredence Clearwater Revival
Midnight SpecialJoe Glaser
Midnight SpecialLeadbelly
Midnight Train to GeorgiaGladys Knight & The Pips
Midnight TrainJim & Jesse McReynolds
Mobile Link, The
Monkey and the Engineer, The
Monticello MoonFrench Lick Springs Resort Orchestra
Moose-Turd PieBruce "Utah" Phillips
Morning Train (9 to 5)Sheena Easton
Morning TrainSensational Nightingales
Mother In The TrainThe Detroiters & The Golden Echoes
Movin' OnHank Snow
MTAThe Kingston Trio
Mulligan Stew
My Baby Thinks He's A TrainRoseanne Cash
Mystery TrainElvis Presley
Mystery TrainRonnie Hawkins
Mystery TrainSleepy LaBeef
Mystery TrainThe Neville Brothers
Never did Like that TrainMurray McLaughlan
New Delhi Freight TrainLittle Feat
New River TrainRaffi
Nickel Plate Road 759Bruce "Utah" Phillips
Night They Drove Old Dixie DownJoan Baez
Night Time In the Switch YardWarren Zevon
Night Train to MemphisGrandpa Jones
Night Train to MemphisJ. Maphis
Night Train to MemphisJerry Lee Lewis
Night Train to MemphisRoy Acuff
Night TrainBobby Womack
Night TrainBuddy Morrow
Night TrainJames Brown
Night TrainOscar Peterson
Nine Hundred MilesCisco Houston
Nine Hundred MilesNew Christy Minstrels
Nine Hundred MilesWoodie Guthrie
Nine Pound HammerDavid Grisman with Doc Watson
Nine Pound HammerMerle Travis
No Self Respecting Hobo
Nobody Takes the Train AnymoreHolly Dunn
Old 901
Old Buddy, GoodnightBruce "Utah" Phillips
Old Gospel TrainDorothy Love Coate
Old Iron TrailBoxcar Willie
Old TrainSeldom Scene
Old TrainTony Rice Unit
On A Cold Winter's Night
On the 5:15The Who
On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa FeJohnny Mercer
On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa FeTommy Dorsey
On the RailwayTraditional
On the Slow TrainFlanders and Swann
On the SouthboundMac Wiseman
One after 909The Beatles
One More RideHank Snow
One More RideJohnny Cash
Orange Blossom SpecialBill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
Orange Blossom SpecialC. Story
Orange Blossom SpecialCharley Daniels Band
Orange Blossom SpecialD. Stoneman
Orange Blossom SpecialFlatt & Scruggs
Orange Blossom SpecialJohnny Cash
Orange Blossom SpecialJohnson Mountain Boys
Pacific 231Arthur Honnegar
Paddy On the Railway
Pan American BoogieKate MacKenzie
Pan AmericanHank Williams Sr
Pan AmericanSeldom Scene
Pan-AmericanH. Hawkins
Parliamentary TrainsGilbert & Sullivan
Party TrainGAP Band
Passin' TrainSawyer Brown
Pat Works On the RailroadJoe Glazer
Peace TrainCat Steven
Pennsylvania SunriseDave Mallet
People Get ReadyCurtis Mayfield
People Get ReadyRod Stewart
People Get ReadyThe Impressions
People Got To Be FreeRascals
Petticoat Junction ThemeFlatt & Scruggs
Phoebe SnowBruce "Utah" Phillips
Poor Poor Pitiful MeWarron Zevon
Promised Land
Put Me on a Train Back to TexasW Jennings & W Nelson
Queen of the RailsBruce "Utah" Phillips
Rail Song, TheAdrian Belew
Railroad BillCisco Houston
Railroad BluesD. Thomas
Railroad Child in Me
Railroad ExpressRose Royce
Railroad LadyJimmy Buffett
Railroad ManMurry McLaughlan
Railroad SonLynyrd Skynyrd
Railroad Song, TheJim Croce
Railroad Wife
Railroad WorksongNotting Hillbillies
Railroading On the Great Divide
Railroading and Gambling
Railroads and RiverboatsJim Croce
Rambler, TheCisco Houston
Ramblin On My Mind
Ramblin' ManKieran Kane
Rambling BluesR. Johnson
Rambling HoboDoc Watson
Red Ball to NatchezDelmore Brothers and Wayne Raney
Red StreamlinerLittle Feat
Refrigerator CarSpin Doctors
Reuben's TrainFlatts and Scruggs
Reuben's TrainSidesaddle
Ride This TrainCanton Spiritual
Ride the TrainAlabama
Ridin On the CottonbeltJohnny Cash
Ridin' That Midnight TrainDoc Watson
Ridin' With The DriverMotorhead
Riding On A RailroadJames Taylor
Road To Paradise
RoamerCisco Houston
Rock Island LineHuddy Ledbetter
Rock Island LineJohnny Cash
Rock Island LineJohnny Horton
Roll On BuddyNitty Gritty Dirt Band
Rollin In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Roundhouse Blues
Run Kate Shelly Run
Runaway TrainElton John
Runaway TrainEric Clapton
Runaway TrainRosanne Cash
Runaway TrainSoul Asylum
Sam's Waiting For A Train
Same Train, Different TimeJimmy Rogers
Same TrainRev. Julius Cheek
Santa Fe All The WayJohnny McCollum
Sentimental JourneyLes Brown
Shadow's On A Dime
She Caught the Katie (sp?)
She'll Be Comin Round the Mountain
She's a Hoosier LineFrench Lick Springs Resort Orchestra
Shuffle Off To Buffalo
Silver TrainRolling Stones
Silverton, TheC. W. Mccall
Six Wheel Driver
Six-Five SpecialDon Lang & His Frantic Five
Slow Moving Freight TrainHugh Moffatt
Slow TrainFlanders & Swann
Slow TrainSoul Stirrers
Slow TrainThe Staple Singers
Smoke Along the TrackDwight Yoakim
Smoke Along the TrackEmmylou Harris
Something About Trains
Soul TrainGamble and Huff
Soul TrainMary Wells
Soul TrainThe Manhattans
Soul TrainThree Degrees
SouthboundDoc Watson
Southern Cannonball
Southern PacificNeil Young
Southern PacificSteve Spurgin
Spanish TrainChris DeBurgh
Spikedriver BluesDoc Watson
Starlight on the RailsBruce "Utah" Phillips
Station to StationDavid Bowie
Steam Engine PolkaJohann Strauss
Steam EngineMonkees
SteamJohnny Horton
Steel Drivin Man
Steel RailsAllison Kraus
Stop That TrainThe Meters
Stop That TrainThe Wailers
Strangers on a TrainNew Riders of the Purple Sage
Streamlined CannonballDoc Watson
Streamlined CannonballMac Wiseman
Take the "A" TrainBob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Take the "A" TrainDuke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn
Tennesse Central No. 9Roy Acuff
Texas Silver ZephyrRed Steagall
Texas, 1947Johnny Cash
Texas, 1947Guy Clark
That Old Train WhistleSmothers Brothers
That TrainJerry Butler
There's a TrainHolmes Brothers
Third Class Wait HereSlim Dusty
This Train RevisitedIndigo Girls
This Train's A Clear TrainJoe Glazer
This TrainTommy Tate
This TrainWoody Gutherie
Throw Mama From the TrainPatti Paige
To Morrow
To Stop the Train
Toe River TrainToe River Valley Boys
TolonoBruce "Utah" Phillips
Tons of SteelGrateful Dead
Train 45Mac Wiseman
Train 45Stanley Brother
Train Collector, The
Train in VainRolling Stones
Train Is ComingKen Boothe
Train Keep On Movin'The 5th Dimension
Train Kept A RollinAerosmith
Train Kept A RollinBradshaw, Mann, Kaye
Train Kept A RunninYardbirds
Train Leaves Here This MorningEagles
Train Of ConsequencesMegadeth
Train of LoveJohnny Cash
Train Of LoveWillie Hutch
Train On the Island
Train SongHolmes Brothers
Train SongMurray McLaughlan
Train SongNick Cave
Train SongDick Siegel
Train That Carried My Girl From Town, The
Train timeToe River Valley Boys
Train to Frisco
Train to Sligo
Train, TrainBlackfoot
TrainCharles Jackson
Trains And Boats And PlanesDionne Warwick
Trains, Tracks and TravelHank Snow
TrainsAl Stewart
Trainwreck of EmotionDel McCoury
Trainwreck of EmotionLorrie Morgan
Trans Europe ExpressKraftwerk
Transit RideGuru
Trolley Song
Trouble Funk ExpressTrouble Funk
True and Trembling Brakeman, The
Trusty Lariet
Two Trains RunningLittle Feat
Union trainJoe Glazer
Up On the CP Line
UP SongUP Country Western Band
Valve OilJohnny Horton
Wabash CannonballB. Martin
Wabash CannonballCarter family
Wabash CannonballChet Atkins
Wabash CannonballDoc Watson
Wabash CannonballJohnny Cash
Wabash CannonballRoy Acuff
Wabash CannonballBruce "Utah" Phillips
Waiting at the StationAaron Neville
Waiting For a TrainRoy Acuff
Waiting For a TrainHank Snow
Waiting For a TrainJ.L. Lewis
Waiting For a TrainJim Reeves
Waiting For a TrainJimmie Rogers
Waiting For a TrainJohnny Cash
Walking Down a Railroad LineWoody Guthrie
Walkin Holes in My ShoesBoxcar Willie
Walking the TiesToe River Valley Boys
West End BluesDuke Ellington
Westbound TrainDennis Brown
When Love Comes to TownB.B. King
When the Golden Train Comes DownSons of the Pioneers
When You're Only NineToe River Valley Boys
Whistle StopLouis Prima
Who Buried Cedar Hill
Will There Be Any Freight Trains In HeavenJimmy Rogers
Will There Be Any Freight Trains In HeavenMerle Haggard
Won't Be LongAretha Franklin
Won't You Come Home Bill Baily
Working on the RailwayBill Houston
Worried Man BluesCisco Houston
Wreck Above Spruce PineToe River Valley Boys
Wreck of 1262Doc Watson
Wreck of the 1262
Wreck of the 252
Wreck of the FFV
Wreck of the L&NPhillips Family
Wreck of the Number 9Hank Snow
Wreck of the Old 97Hank Snow
Wreck of the Old 97Johnny Cash
Wreck of the Old 97Mac Wiseman
Wreck of the Old 97Flatt & Scruggs
Wreck of the Royal PalmJoe Glazer
Wreck of the Royal PalmToe River Valley Boys
You're the Same Old You To MeToe River Valley Boys
You Just Can't Ride the Boxcars AnymoreThe Long Ryders
Zion TrainBob Marley and the Wailers

If you find any of the numerous errors I have doubtlessly introduced or passed on, please drop me a line.

Please note that I have neither the lyrics nor the recordings of any of this music. To be honest, I haven't even heard most of it. If you are an obsessive locomotomusicophile and have too much time on your hands, please feel free to send me a compilation tape of railroad music.

For a more qualitative analysis and recordings of many of the best train songs, explore this list of the best train, railroad, and hobo songs.

For several good compilations of railroad tunes, go to and search for railroad tunes on Rounder Records with the search string "rounder railroad".

For more information on the history and tradition of railroad-inspired music, from folk to classical, visit Philip Pacey's Music and Railways project. "This Web page provides a chronological list of pieces of music inspired by or evoking railways, with a note of available recordings known to the compiler."

Search for more songs with the keywords "train" or "railroad" at the Digital Tradition Folk Song Database.

Compiled and Edited by Wes Modes

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