“The Engineer”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1946 (recording, Lester Coffee -- but he says he learned it c. 1893)
Keywords: age grief train death railroading work crash disaster storm wreck children
Found in: US(MW)


Singer, an old engineer, tells his friend (and fireman?) Joe about the wreck on the Elgin branch, where two locomotives collided in a storm and his daughter was killed. He looks forward to the day when his own death will reunite him with his child


The local references place the story in northern Illinois, which was Lester Coffee's home. - PJS



  1. Roud #8586
  2. BI, RcThEngi