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Down by the Station

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Written by: Lee Ricks and Slim Gaillard © 1948

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Puff, puff, toot, toot
Off we go!

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Puff, puff, toot, toot
Off we go!

train on tracks puffing smoke
For parents
Across the country, there are standard warning signs to improve safety near railroad crossings. Review the signs and some important safety tips to prevent fatalities and serious injuries when approaching or crossing railway tracks.
For kids
A train leaves New York City (NYC) to go to Los Angeles (LA) at 100 mph. Three hours later, a train leaves LA to go to NYC at 200 MPH. Assume there's exactly 2000 miles between LA and NYC. When they meet, which train is closer to New York City? Check out the answer. Then, try other brain teasers compiled by NIEHS.
For teachers
This famous folk song is believed to have been written in the last 19th century, as railroads expanded across the country, built “all the livelong day” in back‐ breaking work. Through the Library of Congress, you can access railroad maps from the period to help your students consider such questions as how the location of tracks and stations influenced land development and the growth of cities and towns in the United States.
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