Railway to Heaven  LbNA # 29253 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateMar 17 2007
LocationRusk, TX
Found By silverhalos
Last Found May 30 2010
Hike Distance?

The origin of the song, “Life’s Railway to Heaven” is murky, but it has long been a favorite of the railroading community. Eliza R. Snow may have written the original lyrics with M. E. Abbey, a Georgia minister in the 1890’s, supplying the chorus. There is a similar poem/hymn by Snow, called “Truth Reflects Upon our Senses”, which Charles D. Tillman put to this same tune in 1909. At any rate, Abbey and Tillman copyrighted “Life’s Railway to Heaven” in 1890. It goes like this:

Life is like a mountain railroad,
with an engineer that’s brave;
We must make the run successful,
from the cradle to the grave;
Watch the curves, the fills,
the tunnels; never falter, never quail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
and your eye upon the rail.


Blessèd Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore;
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.

Directions: Go to the home of the Texas State Railroad. As you turn into the park, look for the tracks on your left that are seemingly pointed to heaven.

To the box: Park on the side of the road by the park entrance sign and walk to the opposite (east) side. Standing on the horizontal tracks with your back to the vertical rails, notice a stone wall to your right. Stand on the corner of the wall and, with you back still to the vertical rails, look into the woods for a forked pine tree. The letterbox is at the back base of the tree covered with forest debris. Please recover well.