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I've always thought that music and trains is a great combination. I believe there are some very talented Forum members when it come to music and model trains.

My favorite train song is City of New Orleans.


Funny you should mention that Arnold.  Trains and music are my two favorite hobbies.  I played brass from 4th - 12th grade, but started playing rock in college.  I've been in 8 bands over the years and gigged with 6 of them.  Started on keys, then keys and bass, and my most recent gigs have been on the drums.  My claim to fame was when a band I was in opened up for America in 2002.  I played bass with that group.

Should the moderator indulge my other interests briefly here is my current drum set up mixing electronic and acoustic drums:


My old setup of all acoustic drums.  I lost parts of this in a flood in 2016.  The insurance claim I got for it had to go to the house renovations instead sadly.


My collection of stringed instruments.  Not shown are my Hagstrom electric guitar and my early father's day gift of a Geddy Lee signature Fender Jazz bass.  The Violin has been in the family for over 120 years and am at best poorly proficient at it.  I bought the acoustic guitar in Magdalena de Kino, Mexico for 400 pesos in 2003 and it rarely looses its tuning.  The Gibson fretless bass was a salvage project and has a custom cherry body I built myself in 1992 and the other basses are Deans which are my go-to gigging bases for the last 20 years.  Finally the other electric guitars are some variation of a Fender Stratocaster knock-off.


My keyboards less my Roland Juno-60, Yamaha DX-100 and a few tone modules I have laying around.



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Jonathan, your various musical instruments and ability to play them, is very impressive.

You are not alone when you express your passion for music and trains. Our Forum friends who love music and trains include Leroof, Fendermain and Trumptrain, and probably many others.

I think that what we all have in common as model railroaders, musicians, and music and train lovers, is joie de vive.  Think about the attitude of those like us who build a train layout that started out as a dream. Having a zest for life can go a long way to make that dream become a reality.

Same is true when it comes to learning to play a musical instrument or writing a song.

Of course, there are a myriad of other things people with a zest for life  can make happen. Arnold

@CBQer posted:

The original recording of "The City of New Orleans" by Steve Goodman.

The winner of the Steve Goodman award goes to @CBQer (no prize, just bragging rights).  A lot of references to this song and Chicago's own Steve Goodman wrote it, while Arlo popularized it.  Steve also wrote a couple of classic Chicago Cubs songs.  He died young and was and is a Chicago gem. I own a MTH Premier Illinois Central set pulled by a pair of E8's and I think of this song whenever I look at or run that set, imagining it is headed south to New Orleans from Chicago.

Paul Butterfield's "Mystery Train".   He was another Chicago gem, who mastered the art of blues harmonica.  There is a direct line to trains via train-like wailing of a blues harpist like Paul.  If you haven't heard, search "Mystery Train by Paul Butterfield on You Tube. 

But Junior Parker is a blues man who penned the song in 1953.  His version has some crisp electric guitar and clear lyrics.

I just heard these two in the past week and thought of this thread:

"End Of The Line" by The Traveling Wilburys (RIP Roy Orbison, Tom Petty & George Harrison)

"Runaway Train" by Elton John & Eric Clapton

Yep, only two Wilburys left now: Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan. If you get a chance, go to YouTube to view the official video for “End of the Line.” It’s certainly train-related.

Here’s the link:

The boys left a seat open for Roy Orbison, who died shortly before the video was produced.

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