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Author Topic: Modern mythology: trains to the afterlife  (Read 2036 times)

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Re: Modern mythology: trains to the afterlife
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2018, 12:09:45 am »
I hadn't considered the motor aspect. Since trains move under their own power rather than wind or muscle, I guess that gives them a sense of being alive themselves. And for a long time, they were the only motor vehicles around (I'm not sure, but I think steamships came later).

I have a lot of UPG concerning motor vehicles and spirit, being OS and all. It's the stuff of a different thread, though.
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Re: Modern mythology: trains to the afterlife
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2018, 06:20:04 pm »
I have a lot of UPG concerning motor vehicles and spirit, being OS and all. It's the stuff of a different thread, though.

We're not too picky about thread drift here, but please do start a new thread if you're so inclined. I'm curious about your ideas.

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Re: Modern mythology: trains to the afterlife
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2018, 09:23:21 pm »
That reminds me of Vancouver's Seabus (basically a passenger ferry). I'ts a catamaran, so the interior is square-ish and has long rows of seats. It looks more like a bus station than a bus, it was weird.

That sounds very similar to the ferries in Seattle. Probably the whole Salish Sea has similar boats being used, now that I think of it.
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Re: Modern mythology: trains to the afterlife
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2018, 02:28:00 am »
I hadn't considered the motor aspect. Since trains move under their own power rather than wind or muscle, I guess that gives them a sense of being alive themselves. And for a long time, they were the only motor vehicles around (I'm not sure, but I think steamships came later).

Steamboats were contemporary with (and even before) railroads; Robert Fulton's Clermont began operation in 1807 while the first true common carrier railroad, the Stockton & Darlington in England, didn't get started until 1821. However, it was several more decades before ocean-going steamships became practical...inefficient early machinery took a LOT of coal...while railroads were (of necessity) mechanized from the very beginning (I know about the horse-drawn tramways, yes; I'm thinking common carrier railroads). So your impressions are valid, although the details may be a bit in flux.
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