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.
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! :)
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!
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!
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 :)