“I hear the train a comin’, It’s rolling round the bend..” – “Folsom Prison Blues”

“Come ride the little train that is rolling down the tracks to the junction..” – “Petticoat Junction”

These opening word from “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Petticoat Junction” capture many of my childhood memories of trains – the rhythm of the train as it rolls down the tracks, the sound of the whistle, the feel of the ride.

While train travel has changed greatly over the years, the allure of the train seems to stay for the young and those not in a rush. There are a variety of folk and sing-along songs that mention trains. Among them are:

  • Casey Jones
  • Down By the Station
  • I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
  • New River Train
  • Nine Hundred Miles

A connection on Twitter, @AzuriteEnigma, share a poem from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “A Children’s Garden of Verses” that somehow escaped my childhood memories of this book. “From a Railway Carriage” the sights from a railcar window along with the rhythm of the train (as Azurite pointed out).

This video demonstrates two ways you can incorporate this poem into a train theme with children or with adults.

What other instruments can you see adding to this chant?

Share them in the comments below.