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 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