I think the most famous railroad story of all is that of Casey Jones.
"Casey Jones, that heroic railroad engineer of the Cannonball, was known as the
Perhaps my favorite railroad song is the Wabash Cannonball. My dad had an old record that I would play over and over again:
"Listen to the jingle,
My grandfather loved the Wreck of the old 97:
"Well, they gave him his orders in Monroe, Virginia,
A wonderful railroad story is Kate Shelley Saves the Train.
"Kate realized that a midnight express train was due to pass over the Honey
A spooky railroad tale is the story of the Phantom Train of Marshall Pass. On a stormy night, a wild rain, running without schedule or time card, chased a passanger train down a steep, snow-covered switch back, nearly crashing into her before plunging down and down into the canyon. When the passanger train reached safety, they were told they had been chased by a phantom train reenacting its fatal last moments before it crashed into the canyon depths, killing everyone aboard. (Story retold in Spooky Southwest.)
A more pleasant tale is that of the Ghost on the Tracks (Spooky Southwest), in which a flirtacious female ghost sometimes visits the men on board the train when it passes her on dark nights!
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