Trains were essential to the building of America. Freight trains provided the chugging conduit to move goods of every size and kind across the contiguous 48 states, and passenger rail moved the people that bought those goods from one end of the U.S. to the other before air travel grew endemic. A great many songwriters used the romantic notion of rail travel as inspiration for their melodic creations. Depending on the composer, a train song could be about the majesty of a cross-country jaunt, the plight of a hobo in an abandoned railyard, a fast trip to heaven aboard a gospel train, or a double-entendre-loaded blues ditty. This full-speed-ahead train song collection is a rollicking ride through some of the greatest themes ever issued in the genre by an all-star array of country, blues, and rock and roll luminaries. All aboard—it’s going to be a wild trip!