Railroad Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old railroad quotes, railroad sayings, and railroad proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A railroad sells transportation., but sells something else along with it. It sells 'service.' The price of a railroad ticket covers both.     

Howard Elliott

Railtrack is not about taking a nostalgic journey back to a golden age; it is about travelling into the future on a mode of transport that is more relevant to the needs of the 21st century than any other.     

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The democratic party is like a man riding backward in a railroad car; it never sees anything until it has got past it.     

Thomas B. Reed

The steam would make a regular sound of chugga. chugga, chugga when travelling on level railroads. The sound was louder and slower when departing a station or pulling a heavy load and faster on downhill grades.     

Walter W. Moore

My father worked for the train station, and whenever a train crashed, we would go as a family and steal food from the box cars.     

Chuck Palahniuk

There are two things that I don't care how smart you are, you will never understand. One is an alienist's testimony and the other is a railroad timetable.     

Will Rogers

A railroad is like a lie you have to keep building to it to make it stand.     

Mark Twain

If a train doesn't stop at your station, then it's not your train.     

Marianne Williamson

The railroad is sprung from the application of two fundamental ideas one the use of a mechanical means of developing speed, the other the use of a smooth running surface to diminish friction.     

John Moody

Railroad iron is a magician's rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

While no one railroad can completely duplicate another line, two or more may compete at particular points.     

John Moody

Between the railroad tracks suicidal flowers grow.     

Ramón Gómez de la Serna

We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us.     

Henry David Thoreau

The railroad originally was as completely dissociated from steam propulsion as was the ship.     

John Moody

When railroading time comes you can railroad-but not before.     

Robert A Heinlein

The locomotives were getting faster, safer, more powerful as the cars became more comfortable. More than the steamboat, more than anything else, the railroads were the harbinger of the future, and the future was the Industrial Revolution.     

Stephen E. Ambrose

Because the railroads published schedules, the country was divided into four time zones. And it was the railroad that served as the symbol of the nineteenth century revolution in technology.     

Stephen E. Ambrose

The transcontinental railroad was the last great building project to be done by hand.     

Stephen E. Ambrose

The railroads seemed to be tailor-made for the huge American landmass and for the indomitable spirit of its people.      

Christian Wolmar

Always race with locomotive to crossings. Engineers like it; it breaks the monotony of their job.     

Candacy Taylor

The loss of a railway was much more than a transport inconvenience to countless communities, more than the destruction of something that brought people together.     

Anthony Lambert

Modern railway system employs high quality steel rails for heavy hauls and high speed operation.     

J.S. Mundrey

Train stations have become sites of some of the world's most exquisite architecture and design.     


At these tiny old railroad stations, / which my own train long ago left behind, / I fear for the pressing crush of people / Departing, who pass on this stretch of track.     

Franz Werfel

What's the railroad to me? / I never go to see / Where it ends. / It fills a few hollows, / And makes banks for the swallows, / It sets the sand a-blowing, / And the blackberries a-growing.     

Henry David Thoreau

Just a very common thing- / Shouts and whistles, bell that ring, / Just a platform in the rain / And a slowly moving train.     

Alice Duer Miller

Bless railroads everywhere,' I said, ' / and the world's advance; / Bless every railroad share / In Italy, Ireland, France; / For never a beggar need now despair, / And every rogue has a chance.'     

William Makepeace Thackeray