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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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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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