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For years Sherry Ryan enjoyed her father's stories about working on the Railway, particularly the one about Lauchie MacDougall, the human wind gauge at Wreckhouse, NL. It was his first posting at St. Andrews in the late 1950's when a call came on the crank phone one day telling him to Stop The Trains! Sherry's father Jim Ryan helped her write the song and produce the video


I was a railroad operator in my early days
It was nineteen fifty-seven or fifty eight I’d say
A call came on the crank phone with a message to relay
The southeast winds were baffling down the mountain range

I knew nothing of the winds out there and I was all alone
I could hardly hear the stranger crackling on the phone
It was Lauchie MacDougall the human weathervane
Direct line to the station telling me to stop the trains

Stop the trains, from going down the track
The Wreckhouse winds are blowing and they’re blowing mighty fast
Stop the trains, you don’t wanna let’em pass
Hold them at Riverview and Port Aux Basques

Lauchie MacDougall the human weathervane
Had a way of knowing when the winds were gonna change
When he’d call the station it was time to stop the trains
And many an hour could pass before he’d let’em go again
A highfalutin manager came into town one day
Said one’s man’s authority should not be stopping strains
He replaced him with a forecast and took away his pay
When the might winds picked up a train they hired him back again


released November 1, 2016
Written by Sherry and James Ryan



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Sherry Ryan St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Sherry Ryan’s third album, Sister of Mine, marks the latest accomplishment by this talented Newfoundland singer/songwriter. The songs on Sister of Mine offer a rich fusion of genres and styles, from the catchy, toe-tapping country tune “Blue Ridge Mountains”, to the bluesy true story about a horse her dad tied to their back step in “Back Step Blues”. ... more

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