Freight Train, Freight Train, Going So Fast….

July 21, 2012


Anybody remember that old folk song? I grew up with folk songs. While my peers were rocking to Jimi Hendrix or Donny Osmond, I was listening to Elizabeth Cotten, Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, and James Taylor. I later found out that Elizabeth Cotten lived in Syracuse in her later years — just a hop, skip, and step from my home. She wrote the song “Freight Train, Freight Train” when she was eleven years old.

She also played her guitar “backwards.”

What Is Wrong with this Picture

I found this video online, a clip from a special 1985 series “Down Home.” Boy, does this bring back the memories!

The whole reason I’m thinking of that song is because we went on a train this week — the lovely Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Last time I was on that train was a few years before that Down Home video, lol.

Union Station Tracks

The train’s baggage car doors were open and a metal gate bolted across. We could really take in the scenery as we moved along.

View Outside Baggage Car 4

It was a great trip. I love train travel. I took a few videos and additional photos, and will be placing them on my travel blog sometime this week.

Have a good weekend, friends!

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3 Responses to “Freight Train, Freight Train, Going So Fast….”

  1. Rena Says:

    I haven’t been on the train yet but hope to soon. Just wish it was less expensive. Glad that you guys had fun! :frolic:

  2. Susi Says:

    I love trains. It’s definitely one of the things I miss about living in Germany. My uncle is an engineer and he still drives passenger trains. When I was little he used to let me ride with him in the locomotive! Love the scenic pictures.

  3. vanilla Says:

    Wonderful video. I did not know Elizabeth Cotten, though I have sung the song. Thank you.