Why have songs about trains become such an iconic centerpiece of American music? Ever since the underground railroad provided a path out of slavery, trains have represented freedom and escape from a harsh life for African American bluesmen and poor white country singers alike. There is something about boarding a train that represents escape to a new adventure or finally going home after a long weary ordeal. On the next edition of Dawn Eclectica, Wednesday October 24 from 4-7 am, I will present an entire program devoted to train songs. From Johnny Cash to Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Arlo Guthrie to Rod Stewart, train songs capture the essence of the American spirit. And you will be captivated too by these train tracks when you tune in this Wednesday from 4-7 am, or stream later on demand at archive.kvmr.org.