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Railroad Hour, The

Railroad Hour, The

Broadcast thanks to the Association of American Railroads and featuring Gordon MacRae, a young and handsome baritone singer-actor, The Railroad Hour was looked forward to by families all across the United States. 

Monday evenings were now spent relaxing, listening to the most popular and beloved operettas or musicals from Hollywood or Broadway, with guest stars such as Dorothy Kirsten, Jane Powell and Nadine Connor appearing opposite MacRae. 

There was something for everyone in the series, as these were productions from musical and operetta greats, including Gilbert & Sullivan, Gershwin & Romberg, Lawrence & Lee, Kern, Porter and Hammerstein. Some of the favorite shows from the series include Music In The Air, Showboat, and No, No, Nanette, all of which were accompanied with the fine musical talents of the Carmen Dragon Orchestra. 

During the heyday era of radio, openings were important to grab the audience’s attention. So when Marvin Miller opened The Railroad Hour with, “Ladies and gentlemen, The Railroad Hour!” it was followed by noises of escaping steam, train whistles and the entire orchestra. It was quite dramatic, and is probably one of the most memorable openings to a radio show. 

The ending of The Railroad Hour was somewhat more sedate, with MacRae and the leading songstress of the day discussing next week’s show. Finally, you'd hear Miller’s voice saying, “All Aboard!” with more train effects and music. 

We have 133 shows from the series on RUSC, so if you love Broadway musicals, romantic operattas, or the popular songs of the mid-20th century, you'll love The Railroad Hour.

Happy Listening!

Ned Norris

Broadcast: 4th October 1948
Added: Jun 07 2010
Broadcast: 11th October 1948
Added: Mar 22 2010
Broadcast: 22nd November 1948
Added: Aug 30 2010
Broadcast: 17th January 1949
Added: Feb 01 2010
Broadcast: 24th January 1949
Added: Jan 15 2011
Broadcast: 14th February 1949
Added: Feb 14 2010
Broadcast: 21st February 1949
Added: May 03 2010
Broadcast: 18th April 1949
Added: Feb 13 2010
Broadcast: 1st August 1949
Added: Mar 19 2011
Broadcast: 15th August 1949
Starring: Gordon MacRae
Added: Sep 18 2011
Broadcast: 10th October 1949
Added: Dec 10 2012
Broadcast: 24th October 1949
Added: Feb 27 2012
Broadcast: 21st November 1949
Added: Dec 15 2009
Broadcast: 5th December 1949
Added: Dec 05 2011
Broadcast: 2nd January 1950
Added: Jan 22 2012
Broadcast: 23rd January 1950
Added: Jan 22 2011
Broadcast: 30th January 1950
Added: Mar 04 2010
Broadcast: 3rd April 1950
Added: Apr 05 2010
Broadcast: 10th April 1950
Added: Mar 11 2013
Broadcast: 17th April 1950
Added: May 17 2010
Broadcast: 1st May 1950
Added: May 24 2010
Broadcast: 9th October 1950
Added: Nov 05 2011
Broadcast: 16th October 1950
Added: Mar 12 2012
Broadcast: 23rd October 1950
Added: Jul 02 2012
Broadcast: 30th October 1950
Added: Nov 03 2009
Broadcast: 6th November 1950
Added: Jul 30 2012
Broadcast: 13th November 1950
Added: Aug 06 2012
Broadcast: 27th November 1950
Added: Nov 29 2011
Broadcast: 25th December 1950
Added: Dec 25 2011
Broadcast: January 1, 1951
Added: Jan 01 2011
Broadcast: 8th January 1951
Added: Jan 08 2011
Broadcast: 15th January 1951
Added: Feb 07 2011
Broadcast: 29th January 1951
Added: Mar 12 2011
Broadcast: 26th February 1951
Added: Feb 28 2011
Broadcast: 5th March 1951
Added: Mar 05 2011
Broadcast: 19th March 1951
Added: Mar 05 2012
Broadcast: 16th April 1951
Added: Feb 13 2012
Broadcast: 14th May 1951
Added: Feb 19 2012
Broadcast: 4th June 1951
Added: Jun 21 2010
Broadcast: 16th July 1951
Added: Apr 16 2012
Broadcast: 13th August 1951
Added: Aug 13 2012
Broadcast: 20th August 1951
Added: Aug 20 2012
Broadcast: 3rd September 1951
Added: Sep 04 2012
Broadcast: 10th September 1951
Added: Sep 10 2012
Broadcast: 17th September 1951
Added: Sep 17 2012
Broadcast: 24th September 1951
Added: Sep 24 2012
Broadcast: 1st October 1951
Added: Oct 01 2012
Broadcast: 15th October 1951
Added: Oct 15 2012
Broadcast: 22nd October 1951
Added: Oct 22 2012
Broadcast: November 5, 1951
Added: Nov 05 2012
Broadcast: 12th November 1951
Added: Nov 19 2012
Broadcast: 19th November 1951
Added: Nov 26 2012
Broadcast: 26th November 1951
Added: Dec 03 2012
Broadcast: 24th December 1951
Added: Dec 24 2011
Broadcast: 31st December 1951
Added: Dec 31 2012
Broadcast: 7th January 1952
Added: Jan 15 2012
Broadcast: 21st January 1952
Added: Mar 26 2011
Broadcast: 4th February 1952
Added: Jan 30 2012
Broadcast: 11th February 1952
Added: Feb 06 2012
Broadcast: 18th February 1952
Added: Feb 20 2012
Broadcast: 25th February 1952
Added: Feb 11 2013
Broadcast: 3rd March 1952
Added: Mar 04 2013
Broadcast: 17th March 1952
Starring:
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Broadcast: 31st March 1952
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Added: Apr 15 2013
Broadcast: 14th April 1952
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Broadcast: 21st April 1952
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Broadcast: 5th May 1952
Added: Jun 13 2011
Broadcast: 19th May 1952
Starring:
Added: Apr 29 2013
Broadcast: 26th May 1952
Starring:
Added: May 06 2013
Broadcast: June 2, 1952
Added: Mar 18 2012
Broadcast: 9th June 1952
Starring:
Added: May 13 2013
Broadcast: 16th June 1952
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Added: May 20 2013
Broadcast: 23rd June 1952
Starring:
Added: Jun 03 2013
Broadcast: 30th June 1952
Starring:
Added: Jun 10 2013
Broadcast: 14th July 1952
Added: Jul 15 2013
Broadcast: 25th August 1952
Added: Jan 20 2014
Broadcast: September 8, 1952
Added: Sep 02 2013
Broadcast: 20th October 1952
Added: Dec 07 2009
Broadcast: 1st December 1952
Added: Dec 19 2010
Broadcast: 8th December 1952
Added: Dec 16 2013
Broadcast: 15th December 1952
Added: Dec 23 2013
Broadcast: 22nd December 1952
Added: Dec 25 2009
Broadcast: 29th December 1952
Added: Dec 30 2013
Broadcast: 12th January 1953
Added: Jan 14 2013
Broadcast: 19th January 1953
Added: Jan 21 2013
Broadcast: 26th January 1953
Added: Jan 28 2013
Broadcast: 2nd February 1953
Added: Feb 04 2013
Broadcast: 9th February 1953
Added: Feb 25 2013
Broadcast: 16th February 1953
Added: Mar 25 2013
Broadcast: 23rd February 1953
Added: May 09 2010
Broadcast: 2nd March 1953
Starring:
Added: Apr 08 2013
Broadcast: 9th March 1953
Added: Jun 24 2013
Broadcast: 6th April 1953
Added: Jul 01 2013
Broadcast: 25th May 1953
Added: Jul 08 2013
Broadcast: 20th July 1953
Added: Jul 22 2013
Broadcast: 27th July 1953
Added: Jul 29 2013
Broadcast: 7th September 1953
Added: Sep 23 2013
Broadcast: October 5, 1953
Added: Jul 14 2014
Broadcast: 9th November 1953
Added: Nov 18 2013
Broadcast: 21st December 1953
Added: Dec 29 2009
Broadcast: 18th January 1954
Added: Jan 13 2014
Broadcast: 22nd March 1954
Added: Nov 04 2013