“The Rarden Wreck of 1893”


A train heads for Cincinnati, but the engineer dies at Rarden station after jumping from the train when he saw an open switch. The fireman is crushed in the wreck. Chorus: "Did he ever come back? No, he never came back. His fate was easily learned...."

Cross references

  • cf. "The Ship that Never Returned" [Laws D27] (tune & meter) and references there
  • cf. "The Wreck of Old 97" [Laws G2] (tune, theme)
  • cf. "The Train that Never Returned" (tune, theme)


  1. Darling-NAS, p. 215, "The Rarden Wreck of 1893" (1 text, filed with "The Wreck of the Old 97")
  2. BI, DarNS215


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1993
Found in: US