|Wabash Railroad train; photograph courtesy of Wikipedia|
The Wabash Railroad christened the day train between Detroit and St. Louis the Wabash Cannonball, named for a popular folk song, "The Great Rock Island Route," making it the only train named for a song. The Carter Family made one of the first recordings of the song in 1929. The 1936 Roy Acuff version has sold over 10 million records. Each version included a variation of the chorus and eventually the song became known as the Wabash Cannonball.
Oh, listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodland, o'r hills and by the shore
She climbs the flowery mountain, hear the merry hobos squall
She glides along the woodland, the Wabash Cannonball
The Wabash Cannonball survived until the creation of Amtrak in 1971.