I hear the train a comin’
It’s rollin’ ‘round the bend…
Johnny Cash and trains, trains, and more trains. What do they have in common? They are both icons of American history. See how much you know about trains and their progression, whether it’s about them, or the songs sung about them.
1. The USA attained their only world speed record for steam trains, with a maximum speed of 112 mph, in May 1935. Which company operated the locomotive? Milwaukee; Michigan; Missouri; Minneapolis.
2. In which year was the FIRST steam locomotive built? 1801; 1806; 1808; 1810.
3. What steam locomotive holds the all-time world top speed record for a steam locomotive? The Mallard; The Hardwicke; The 999; The Flying Scotsman.
4. In railway parlance, what’s a roundhouse? A building for service and repair of train engines; a place where tracks cross; a location for passengers to buy ticket; a type of steak.
5. In train lingo, what does the term “rolling stock” mean? A large steel press used to make the wheels of a train; cattle cars; any car that’s part of a train; a train’s financial reports.
6. If you like railroad bridges, you should go and see the longest one in the world. But in which country can it be found? Brazil; United States; China; Russia.
7. Amtrak’s Chicago to New Orleans train, “The City of New Orleans,” was named after a song made popular by which of the following folk musicians? Arlo Guthrie; Steve Goodwin; Willie Nelson; Johnny Cash.
8. What is Amtrak’s official name? American Railway; America’s Track; National Intercity Passenger Rail Service; National Railroad Passenger Corporation.
9. Amtrak’s national headquarters are located in what city? New York City;
Philadelphia, Penn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Washington, D.C.
10. Who was the first white artist to perform on the SOUL TRAIN stage?
Teena Marie; The Average White Band; Elton John; Gino Vannelli.
1. Milwaukee. 2. 1801 - built by Richard Trevithick. 3. The Mallard. The Mallard’s speed record is 126.5 mph, which has never been broken by another steam locomotive. 4. A building for service and repair of train engines. So called because of its circular construction, a roundhouse has a central turntable that allows entire locomotives to be turned while still on the track. This enables them to be placed into repair bays located around the circumference of the building. 5. Any car that’s part of a train and has wheels on a track, including the locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars and specialized equipment cars. 6. China. The Wuhu Yangtze River Bridge has the distinction of being the longest train bridge in the world. 7. Arlo Guthrie. Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash also covered the song. It tells the story of hobos riding the train from Chicago to New Orleans. 8. National Railroad Passenger Corporation. 9. Washington, D.C. 10. Gino Vannelli.