That lonesome whistle
Trains have been the subject of story and song ever since the first steel rails were laid. In an earlier time, when travel was limited to how far and at what speed a horse could take you, the train represented freedom and far off places.
To the prisoner, hobo, and traveler the train represents freedom, to the heartbroken, a departing lover. There are dozens of songs relating the tragic death of an engineer racing to make up for lost time. There are songs sung in praise of famous luxury liners of the rails. The symbolism of the train inspires visions of freedom, power, lost love, new life, strong men, and tragic accidents. I would be willing to venture that only songs about love and relationships out number the songs about trains.
Big and powerful, the image of a locomotive is inspiring.
And then there’s that lonesome whistle.