Origin: Traditional (Appalachia, Southeast, late 1800's)
First released as "I'm Nine Hundred Miles Away from Home" by Fiddlin' John Carson (1924)
First recorded as "Train 45" by Grayson & Whitter (1927)
First instrumental version was recorded by Sonny Osborne (1952)
Released by The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys (1958)
This old train song goes by many names. Train 45 closely resembles the traditional tunes Nine Hundred Miles and Rain and Snow and may have been adapted from those. Train 45 may have blended with other songs to become Rueben's Train. Some versions of Reuben's and Train 45 are so closely tied they are impossible to tell apart.