Fictional Railraod Idea

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Dansco, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Dansco

    Dansco Member

    Any Ayn Rand readers here?

    I'm re-reading her book "Atlas Shrugged" and realize that there is a LOT of cool ideas for a layout! Basic era seems to be a stylized 1940's but on the decline. diesel power is the biggest thing going, but due to the complexities of the story there are wood burners and everything in between.

    This could be a very artistic art-deco layout with lots of industry etc. Theres oil, coal, and copper mines specifically mentioned in the book.
    Other cool bits include, foundry's pouring metal in the night and the lead character is nicknamed "slug" for the hot burning coal fire in a firebox!

    Lets here it for Taggert International running on Readern Metal Rails!

  2. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

  3. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Hey, those look like Utah Belt units..
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    The art-deco/machine age influence, especailly with respect to the railroad, was pretty much taken down by the one-two hits of The Depression and World War 2...

    But a cool look it is/was, and a art-deco themed layout would be a visual stunner. Imagine the streamlined trains and automobiles, the art deco skyscrapers and craftsman-style houses. Blimps and sleek airliners in the sky... While there were other railroads with streamlined fleets, I think NYC's are probably the best known - Commodore Vanderbuilt (later #5445, I think), the Empire State Express, 20th Century Limited, and so on.

    Some visual references could include period movies like Metropolis, and recent ones like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Other resources could include the 1939 World's Fair in Chicago (I think the last major display of streamlined steam engines) or like events.

    Great stuff! Endless possibilities... ;) :D

  5. Dansco

    Dansco Member

    MasonJar: Your reading my mind! :) Thanks for the detail. Please continue the "stream of conscience-ness" here..

    Buildings like the prows of ships
    neon lights reflected in chrome
    Giant machines with exposed gears and pistons
  6. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

    Or Steam of Consciousness :)
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    So that's the technical name for the smoke that comes out my ears when I think too hard... hamr :D

  8. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Heh. I'm working on synthesizing Atlas Shrugged with Frank Norris' The Octopus for my B.A. senior research. Probably ought to get cracking on the writing soon...
  9. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

    Oh, it's due tomorrow?
  10. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Middle of December, actually. Twenty pages of text doesn't usually appear by itself, however.
  11. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Actually, the wikipedia entries are pretty good. Try:

    machine age
    craftsman style
    art deco
    world's fair - 1939 New York and 1933 Chicago "Century of Progress"
    Raymond Loewy
    streamline moderne
    Henry Dreyfuss

    Lots of these are cross-linked to each other, and to more (and more!) interesting articles.

  12. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Absolutely, and history needn't be a factor - the railroad can mirror history the way Dansco sees it.

    After all, no one questions Batman's totally imaginary, brooding Gotham City.

    Gonna be a lot of scratchbuilding...especially structures. But very cool! Maybe scratchbuild a Tucker automobile for those highways, too! :mrgreen:
  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Although in The Dark Knight, it looks a lot like Chicago... ;) :D


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