Congrachoolations National Train Day winners!

May 17, 2012 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES, THINGS MY KID DIGS

A big, rootin’-tootin’ thank you to everyone who entered the National Train Day / B. toys giveaway! Here are the winners:

Morgan M. – Stackadoos
Brandi H. – Elemenosqueeze
Bill S. – Train Day swag

Winners have been notified by email, and have 30 days to claim their prize before another name is drawn. So check your spam filters, folks! šŸ™‚

For some extra fun (and to get people to enter… hello, free toys aren’t enough?!?) on Facebook I had folks post their favorite train song. It was such a great collection of tunes (several of which I’d never heard, or not heard in 30+ years) that I wanted to share them, along with a few (okay, twenty) of my own favorites, in what I’m titling:

The Great Train Collection!

Volume 1 (Reader faves)
C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train) – Quad City DJ’s (C’mon n’ admit it… you love this song, too)
Long Train Runnin’ – The Doobie Brothers
A Peanut Sat On a Railroad Track (One of the oldies-but-goodies from childhood. This version has additional hilarious verses about other foods getting pulverized.)
Peace Train – Cat Stevens
Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips
Marrakesh Express – Crosby Stills & Nash
Chattanooga Choo Choo – The Andrews Sisters
Casey Jones – Furry Lewis (Thanks to Bill Steber of The Jake Leg Stompers, who performs lots of train songs!)
Love Train – The O’Jays
Train – Goldfrapp
The Trolley Song – Judy Garland
All Aboard – The Nat “King” Cole Trio
Down By The Station
Trains – Jill Sobule
My Baby Thinks He’s A Train – Rosanne Cash
Morning Train (Nine To Five) – Sheena Easton
City Of New Orleans –Ā  Willie Nelson
Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie – The Manhattan Transfer
I’ve Been Working On The Railroad – Pete Seeger or, if you must The Chipmunks

Volume 2 (DD’s faves)
Conjunction Junction – Schoolhouse Rock (An all-time favorite, and so educational!)
Cross the Tracks (We Better Go Back) – Maceo & The Macks
Jumping Someone Else’s Train – The Cure (coolest train song, ever)
Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry McClintock
Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
Ticket to Ride – The Beatles (It’s debatable whether this is really about trains, but it’s my blog so I agree with Paul.)
Golden Train – Penguin Prison
On A Train – Yuksek
Freight Train to Nowhere – Mark Heard
Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees
Orange Blossom Special –Ā  Johnny Cash
The Loco-MotionLittle Eva or, if you must Dora the Explorer (sorry, I draw the line at Kylie)
Locomotion – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Trans-Europe Express – Kraftwerk
Trains And Boats And Planes – Dwight Yoakam
This City Never Sleeps – Eurythmics
Zoo Station – U2
Train Song – Mindy Smith
People Get ReadyEva Cassidy (original version by The Impressions, written by then member Curtis Mayfield)

You can hear the whole playlist on Spotify.

(PS: For an unbelievably EXHAUSTIVE list of train-related songs, go here.)

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Oh yeah, and here are a couple of pics from our ‘lil Train Day adventure to Gaithersburg, MD. There wasn’t a whole lot to it (Hopefully Union Station is repaired by next year) but JJ loved it nonetheless. Plus he got a cool hat out of it.

No, I can’t read yet. So?

The Little Engineer That Could

Did anyone else make it to a Train Day celebration? Send me some pics and I’ll post them here. You can also post them on the Designer Daddy Facebook page or share them on National Train Day’s gallery page.

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2 responses to “Congrachoolations National Train Day winners!”

  1. Lisa says:

    Where was this and how did I miss it? I looked on the site and didn’t see a DC location šŸ™ JJ is tooooo cute.

    • Brent M. Almond says:

      There was no DC location this year ā€” Union Station was undergoing some construction due to last year’s earthquake. But if you’d looked under VA or MD there were several that weren’t too far away. Maybe next year we can take the boys to Union Station where I’m sure it will be a blast! šŸ™‚

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