Life’s Railway to Heaven

Aunt Vickie has always been an encouragement to me in my piano playing. The other day she asked if we would post a video of me playing something so I found this little clip of “Life’s Railway to Heaven.” Jonathan took it while we were staying at the McEntires house on our recent Florida trip. (The sneaky fellow didn’t tell me I was on camera!) I was rather out of practice after a long trip but it was fun nonetheless. I love these good “mountain hymns!” Here’s the first verse and chorus:

Life is like a mountain railway,
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 hands upon the throttle,
And your eyes upon the rail.

Blessed Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore,
When the Angels wait to join us
In Thy praise for evermore.


  1. Diana April 22, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    Enjoy your blog. Thank you for your testimony in Jesus Christ. I can’t seem to make this play the piano piece.

  2. Vickie Rice April 22, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    Sorry, It won’t play.

  3. Robert April 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Sorry about that! There was a bug in the player. I think I fixed it. Does it work now?

  4. Crystal April 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    It plays now. Glad you could get it working.
    Sounds great. I don’t think I’ve heard that hymn before.

  5. Hannah Burnett April 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    Yep, works for me now too. That’s the first time I’ve heard that hymn! What a neat song.

  6. Michael April 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    Remember singing that one evening in Nebraska?
    It’s so important that we see to it that Christ is our Conductor!

  7. Vickie Rice April 23, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    AMEN Thank you very much.

  8. Crystal April 24, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Just thought of something. Have you thought of a doing a hymn a month for the blog? James does a picture a month…..

  9. Kathryn April 26, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    Thank you, Robert. That hymn was one of our grandfather’s favorites… it was played at his funeral in January 09. His birthday was April 17… I think it is special that you posted this just three days after his second birthday spent with the Lord, and that this hymn in the one on James’ calendar for the month of April. This was a blessing!!

  10. Chrissy April 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks, Robert! We have been in service ministering in “mountain churches” many times and the choir would stand up, literally throw their heads back, and shout this song to the heavens! I love the happy tune; it brings back sweet memories for me of the many campmeetings we have taken part in. Praise the Lord!

  11. Patience May 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to hear this peace for a while. Very good playing. Nonstopping enthusiasm and creativilty made this peice unique!

  12. Calvin Montgomery August 11, 2012 at 8:52 am #


    THANKS AND GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was searching on YouTube and Internet for someone who played “Life’s Railway to Heaven” by piano similar to the style of Jo Ann Castle on Lawrence Welk. Your’s is EXCELLENT!!!


    Calvin Montgomery

Leave a Reply

Notify me of followup comments via email.