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Final Train. by JasonHeeley Final Train. by JasonHeeley
I used to be fascinated by diesel locos as a child, always impressed by the vague, terrifying notions of whatever I imagined was caged inside each of those grimy, rolling metal hulks - that which thundered and protested and shook concrete and stone as it passed. Their appearance seemed to me evocative of something relentless, unstoppable and otherworldly - something cold, threatening and immensely dangerous. Throughout my adult life, I've spent more than my fair share of time on Britain's crumbling rail network, but nothing I've seen since seemed to match the power of those old childhood imprints, locked in memory. Trains are obviously very emotive, evocative things - as witnessed by the number of fictional romances, thrillers and chilling supernatural tales concerning themselves with the subject, or perhaps it's the very fact that so many real journeys begin and end with them.

But what if there was always one final train to take? A service we all board at our own designated hour. You may find yourself on that strangely silent platform without warning. Soon, an immense, dark loco pulls in slowly with it's train, crackling and shuddering as some unearthly energy courses angrily beneath it's decaying metal skin. Of course, you are compelled to travel - whatever it's destination may be...

Finally finished!
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Final Train. by ~JH1873 is a chilling scene with a destination unknown. Might be safer to walk. ( Suggested by gjoa and Featured by JunkbyJen )
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Fleetwood-Brougham Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Apparently, Deltic 55020, 'Nimbus', was spotted near Crewe, nine months after it was cut up there..
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mathuetaxion Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Yay for Deltic!
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TheManWithTheHat666 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015   General Artist
Lovely! 
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HorsePotato Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Wow, awesome. And such a great introduction in your text. Well done.
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Thankyou! :)
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Dragonfeith Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
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I work for a steam railroad out in Northern California. When I first started here, I had NO interest in anything about trains. But now that I've worked a bit on the rails, it's really cool to trains up close and personal, and pick the brains of the gentlemen who run them with grace a poise (usually.)

We also run a couple of diesel trains. They are swift, and technologically superior. I would have difficulty seeing one of them used as Death's train.

The way I could see it would be the diesel taking them out of the station, through a destroyed urban land. The train would be broken down yet still functioning and acceptable on any railroad.

Then, at the edge of the city of death, the train would pull into an older, more Victorian station. Waiting there would be a black, hissing, steam locomotive waiting to take the souls to wherever they will end up.


Both are conducted by Death, and bring you to the afterlife. Diesels hold a darker, more powerful punch to their steam counterparts in the urban destruction regard. They hold a feeling of overwhelming power, of a tide of the future, of stuff that can and will not be changed. They're solid, powerful, and gracefully ugly. They're tools, not their for beauty...a apt place for the dying and dead- however, Steam has a loneliness, a dying power, an decrepit feeling, and a deep connection to nature that creates a more apt place and way for the souls to finally leave the modern world and go back to something ancient, something neither good nor evil, something that no man or woman could hope to understand. The steam is the final straw in that movement from the modern, urban world to that of the past AND future. That whistle.....

Sometimes, we run the trains at night. And there is nothing more terrifyingly lonely than a train whistle after dark. It haunts you and sends shivers to your very bones. 
 
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As for the artwork itself, I doubt it needs to be said its absolutely phenomenal. It encompasses a dying, lonely, dead feel while still keeping a urban landscape and real feel to it. The shadows and absence of a engineer/fireman and with only the conductor in view makes for a incredible overall picture. The massive stone pillars in the background with the moon pouring into the red tones of the train itself....

Very good. Thanks so much for sharing this with the world! It's fantastic!

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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Superb feedback - many thanks! :)
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Dragonfeith Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
lol No, thank you for making it! Have a wonderful evening.
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Iscreamer1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
It gets a lot from the afterlife trains of "Grave of the Fireflies".
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Titou-Revasse Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice!!
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ColorfullArtist Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
<bro: a InterCity class 55. cool

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ShadAmylover1012 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Writer
Thats awsome.
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Thankyou. 
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ShadAmylover1012 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Writer
Np
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The-Last-Bohemian Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Writer
I absolutely love this piece. The colors and details are brilliant, but the man standing just off the locomotive really makes it for me. I'm not sure if it was intentional, but his eyes really seem as if they're staring at you, almost as if he's waiting for you to board the train.
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Great feedback - thankyou! :)
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LadyMalvoliosander Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Being compulsed to travel souns really sinister, but the train itself isn't so scary after all, and the more I think about it, the more appealing it sounds. Beautiful drawing!
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Thankyou. :)
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WolfySnackrib Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Yoink! (That means I'm snagging this for my pinball game that includes a train target) ;D
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
I don't mind you using this for a personal, NON-COMMERCIAL project, but ONLY if I am credited properly for the work.
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WolfySnackrib Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
That's the thing though, I don't know how to write credits in this pinball thingy. I'd need to write like: No images were done by me, all done by the lovely artists of deviantart" or something. I don't know half of the names of the people that I've been snagging from xD
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Birds0unds Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have no words for this, amazing.
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TrainEngie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It kinda looks like the end of diesels kind of thing.
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Tornado60163 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Deltic can cause earthquake that lead to hell (Sarcastically)
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Steampower59 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I'm not sure if you knew of this, but believe it or not, there have been ghostly sightings of Deltic number 55020 Nimbus: the locomotive was scrapped in 1980, but ever since then, has still been seen running along the tracks at the south tunnel of Hadley Wood station. What do you think of this?

P.S. I know I posted this twice, but I felt like I made some grammatical mistakes.
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Fascinating story - not sure I believe in the existence of ghosts, but it's a fantastic thought! :)
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Steampower59 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Thanks.
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Steampower59 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I'm not sure if you knew of this, but believe it or not, there have been ghostly sightings of Deltic number 55020 Nimbus was scrapped in 1980, but ever since then, has still been seen running along the tracks at the south tunnel of Hadley Wood station.
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ClipperMorningLight Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Photographer
Of all my years on the Internet, few artworks have stirred my soul quite in the way that this piece has managed to. Deltics always had this evil aura about them and this captures this quality brilliantly.
If this was my train to hell, I wouldn't be complaining, as I would have that awesome Napier soundtrack to accompany me to the fiery depths of the underworld.
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Great comment - thanks! :)
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BumblebeeGames Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Artist
great loco :)
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CoalDustTheStrange Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is flipping amazing! i love the detail, and also i love how the intercity conjoined arrow logo was cut in half representing we get you there, but you ain't coming back. it is quite nice symbolism, and well the whole picture in general is fantastic!
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Thankyou! :)
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CRT1000 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Feels like that train where it will take you into a inferno area.......
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chuggafan5 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
eurail, wow this is deep, its like a ghost train/ demon train with glowing eyes that stare into your soul
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thanks. :)
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Obtenebratio Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Cool painting, nice comp, good choice of colour palette. :)
If it wasn't for the fact that I have a damn cervice station for trains practically right outside my doorstep, with all the noise and crap that follows with it 24/7, I'd probably enjoy trains more. :P
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thanka! :)
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IcoWizard Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Amazing, I love it!
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Primeless Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
love it! <3
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Thanks! :)
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GrijzePilion Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Creepy in a satisfying way. I like the blue/red contrast.
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Thanks. :)
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triangIe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful piece. I love it <3
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Thankyou. :)
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Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Awesome concept! Yes, the ferryman down under updated into the 21:th c - as a train driver! And the final journey across the Styx on some railway bridge...
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Thankyou! :)
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britannicraiser Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
it would ad a more ghostly effect if you made th locomotive an old steamer thats half broken down pulling old cars from her day.
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JasonHeeley Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Perhaps, but as I said in the description, the image was based on my own childhood impressions of Diesel locos. Also, I feel that steam has been done so well and in so many ways by many other artists, it was time to give Diesel a bit of an edge! ;)
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DisaFear Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, really deep and meaningful. Nice description too! Put it up here! [link] :)
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