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Steam Engine: The Celestial Railroad
My studies lately have brought me to the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne. After reading his short story The Celestial Railroad, I thought it would be great MOC-fodder.
About this creation

When I was small, I was VERY into trains. It was a nice mentality to revisit. I had been considering building my lego Time Transfixed, and had started on an engine. It soon turned into this.


The story follows the train ride of an "everyman" type character. Told from the first person, the only hint to his name that we get is the capital letter "i." Behind him stands Mr. Smooth-it-away. He brings "I" on a journey to the Celestial City, originally from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, by way of a new convenience: The Celestial Railroad. A much easier way to Zion than on foot, it compromises all difficulties described in the Pilgrim's Progress by either bypassing them, or allying with them. Hawthorne portrays the railroad as a false way to the Celestial City, and includes some of Bunyan's characters (specifically the antagonists) as supporters and workers on the railroad (Apollyon for example, is the engineer of the train).


Here is the Gate of Dreams (described only in the first sentence of the story.) I included this with the engine as an introduction to this subject matter.

Thanks for viewing!

Soli Deo Gloria!



Comments

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  June 1, 2012
hey i remember that! nice job with the fire max! (were'd you get the train?)
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  March 26, 2012
Love the black colors. Great work on the attached fire. -LB Senior
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  March 24, 2012
Very atmospheric. The red trim on the wheels is a nice touch.
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  February 15, 2012
Excellent job Max;)
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  February 13, 2012
GREAT JOB MAX!!!!! it looks even better in pic.
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  February 13, 2012
Very nice build, Max! The photography is good, too!
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  February 13, 2012
Sweet! i love the idea and the colour! The gates are amazing too!
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  February 13, 2012
More fire than steam :)
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  February 13, 2012
The macabre 'feel' is captured by your photography and the gate. I have never read this story by NH... only The House of the Seven Gables. You have peaked my interest in this one, I'll have to read it now. Thanx! :)
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  February 12, 2012
Very awesome! I really like that last picture.
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  February 12, 2012
Ah! Very well done! I too was really into trains when I was little (and still find them intresting) and have considered building a locomotive. Really love your design here! Lots of inspiration :)
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  February 12, 2012
Black fantasy engine!
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  February 12, 2012
Very nice Max! You definitely brought that dark, spooky feel that was throughout the story. The figs are great and very appropriate for it. Nice use of the Hagrid head.
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  February 12, 2012
Most excellent! You've loaded this creations with tons of great little details and a very moody feeling. It definitely works!
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  February 12, 2012
Great! I love the car and the two figs are excellent. Creative use for that comic Hagrid face. What pieces did you use for the wings above the Gate of Dreams? Anyway, great mood, and spooky feel that I also sensed while reading the story. Cool train!
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  February 12, 2012
dude this is insanely realistic
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  February 12, 2012
I thought this was a minifig-scale version of Time Transfixed at first glance! Using the black background gave it a neat mysterious feel to it. The Train is spectacular! It would look really cool if you had some fog or steam in there. Great work!
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  February 12, 2012
Looks great Max! Post another picture so we can actually see the train! Well done.
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  February 12, 2012
An excellent engine! Brilliant photography and composition and you've set a very good moody scene to an interesting story. Well done!
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  February 12, 2012
very nice train, the fire coming from the smoke stack is neat. train are one of my favorite type of transportation, love seeing this kind of locomotive. that story sounds interesting. anyways, very great job :) -Wolf
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  February 12, 2012
Impressive! Those flames look awesome, as does the gate. The tentacle bit on the right looks strikingly like a hand pinching its thumb and middle finger together, great work!
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  February 12, 2012
I like the gate quite a bit, and the train is fantastic.
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  February 12, 2012
Awesome Max! Great build, and some of your best artistic photography to date! It's nice to see you more active on here again. I can't wait to see all those other little goodies you have yet to post!
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  February 12, 2012
Very nice, you should check it out http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/308706
 
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