I Hear That Train A’Comin’

Ticket to Ride game

Jim’s Thursday Inspiration theme word this week is train. The above pic is Ticket to Ride (European version), one of my most favorite games. I rarely win, but I love planning out my routes and seeing the board fill up with train cars. Besides games and books, there have been loads of trains in films, such as North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train, Risky Business, The Girl on the Train, Murder on the Orient Express, From Russia with Love, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

And, of course, there are a ton of songs that mention trains. From Kenny Rogers to the O’Jays to Aerosmith, we find references to trains across the spectrum. We have love trains and peace trains and the Last Train to Clarksville. There’s the Midnight Train to Georgia and the City of New Orleans. Don’t forget downtown trains or runaway trains or trains to nowhere. But the king of train songs was none other than Johnny Cash.

Train tracks

Johnny wrote about trains representing freedom to a man in prison (“Folsom Prison Blues”) as well as a train carrying a man back home (“Hey Porter”). “Orange Blossom Special” is one of his most well known train songs. Perhaps you’ve heard “Down There by the Train” or “Hey Hey Train.” You can hear the chug-chug rhythm in a lot of his other songs too. Last but not least, there’s a tribute song for JC called “Long Black Train.” Yep, I think we’d all agree that the Man in Black had a thing about trains… (RIP)

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11 responses to “I Hear That Train A’Comin’

  1. The railroads are no longer in the business of moving passengers, but trains continue to be the cheapest form of long-distance land transportation for freight there is. I have never been on a train, except for the one that runs through Staten Island, but it does sound like a nice way to travel. Great song Paula.

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  2. Paula I’ve played the online version of that train game. It’s a lot of fun.

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  3. Nicely done Paula

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  4. When I was six, we rode a train from California to Arkansas. My youngest brother came down with the mumps. My mother thought we’d get tossed off the train, so we hid in our sleeper compartment the entire trip.

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