by Wayne Erbsen
Railroad Fever is not only about railroads as machines; it is also about the people who built the railroad, laid the track, fired the engines and waited on the passengers. And because the railroad was on everyone's lips, it was people who created the lore, the jokes, concocted the tall tales, believed in the superstitions and snag the songs or the railroad.
Relive the glory days of railroading! Discover railroad oddities, poetry of the rails, railroad diner lingo, strange railroad laws, flying railroads, train heroes and villains, hobo lingo and porters' secret codes. Like Wayne Erbsen's earlier book, Singing Rails, Railroad Fever contains the melody and lyrics to many classic railroad tunes.
Includes: Blue Train,ï¾ Death of John Henry, Down at Dinah's Diner, Drill Ye Tarriers Drill!, Early Morning Train, The Hell-Bound Train, He's Coming to Us Dead, In the Baggage Coach Ahead, Jordan is a Hard Road to Travel, Kansas City Railroad, The Little Red Caboose, The Longest Train, Paddy Works on the Railway, The Railroad Blues, Red and Green Signal Lights, Working on the New Railroad.
About the author:
Wayne Erbsen has made it his lifelong passion to collect, preserve and perform historic American music. An active teacher, musician, writer, and publisher, he is President of Native Ground Music, Inc. He lives with his wife Barbara and their three children near asheville, North Carolina.