October 4, 1948: The Railroad Hour was presented for the first time on ABC, starring Gordon MacRae . The show’s title song was ‘I've Been Working on the Railroad’. With the Association of American Railroads as its sponsor, The Railroad Hour was a 45-minute variety show that featured radio musical comedies and dramas. During its run, which was from the 1940s until the mid-1950s, the show had produced a total of 299 episodes. Aside from Gordon MacRae , the stars of the show also included Doris Day, Jane Powell, Lucille Norman, Dorothy Warenskjold, and Dorothy Kirsten.