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AC&Y Sheet Music

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:18 am
by mding60
I am new to the forum.. 20 or so yrs. ago I purchased some AC&Y sheet music at an auction. I was curious to know the history behind it and how common or rare it may be.

Re: AC&Y Sheet Music

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:13 pm
by Luke
You bring up an interesting subject of which not much is known. The music was an existing song entitled "The Band Plays On" and was reprinted with permission of the original copy write owner. The undated AC&Y Railroad version of the song was renamed "The AC&Y Train Rolls On" with lyrics written by Ruth Pequignot. She was the wife of AC&Y's traveling auditor Earnest or Erwin Pequignot who also was the railroad photographer. I believe Ruth was born in Cuyahoga Falls, lived her later years in Las Vegas and had a musical back round. The exact purpose of the music is unknown.

A local instrumental group sang another AC&Y song written specifically for the re-dedication of the AC&Y Copley depot on August 2, 2003.

Re: AC&Y Sheet Music

Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 4:55 pm
by Luke
Lyrics to "The AC&Y" by Wayne Marks and sung by the Brick Road Ramblers.
See: http://www.brickroadramblers.org/

Intro: Instrumental verse
Verse 1: It was 1912, Taft was in the White House
When the trains first rolled on the AC & Y
The engineers smiled as the smokers left the station
Pumping billows of steam in the gray Ohio sky
Verse 2: With the boomers on the line, the railroad was a workhorse
Hauling tons of limestone and new machinery
The Clinker Boys, the Big E's, the Dingers and the Mudhops
Moved mountains of freight for the rubber industry
Chorus 1: The AC & Y was our fathers' railroad
It ran from Delphos to Mogadore
Now it runs through our dreams like a steam locomotive
Just close your eyes and hear the mighty engines roar
Verse 3: Families waited on the platform at Bluffton
Rode the train to Delphos in 1923
On ribbons of iron they sailed through North Ohio
Through fields of corn as far as they could see
Verse 4: They rode through towns like Elrose and Cordelia
Through burgs so small you'd see nothing but a shack
A brakeman tossed an orange to a boy in Pandora
The flagman blew kisses to some girls along the track
Chorus 2: The AC & Y was our mothers' railroad
It ran through Copley and Arlington
Now it runs in our veins like hot burning coal
Just close your eyes and hear the mighty engines run
Bridge: Trains collided in '44
A splintered caboose in the dead of night
Brave men walked away from the wreckage
As the foreman checked the scene by lantern light
Instrumental Verse:
Instrumental Verse:
Verse 5: At the Cork and Bottle, the railroad men would gather
Near the Brittain yard in Akron at the end of the day
Telling stories of the war and the passing of the steamers
How the dawning of the diesel wasn't far away
Verse 6: Now trains still run by the old Copley station
Where McKeen Cars and Light Mikes rolled in the past
But put your ear to the wind and you still might hear the thunder
Of a steam-driven train and its lonesome whistle blast.
Chorus 3: The AC & Y was our grandfather's railroad
It ran through Carey and Sycamore
Now it runs through our dreams like a steam locomotive
Just close your eyes and hear the mighty engines roar
Chorus 4: The AC & Y was our grandmothers' railroad
It ran through Copley and Arlington
Now it runs in our veins like hot burning coal
Just close your eyes and hear the mighty engines run
Ending: Just close your eyes and hear the mighty engines run
Just close your eyes and hear the mighty engines run