Some people used the pandemic to write the next one King Lear, others regret that they were not. It does not really matter. There are plenty of inspiring pandemic projects to go around, but one of the most striking (and brainwashing) should be this model train video created by Jason Shron from the YouTube channel Rapido Trains.
Shron is a devoted train enthusiast and talented model manufacturer. But his model train project, which recreates the Canadian VIA railroad connecting Toronto to Montreal, is truly a treasure that only time (due to COVID-19 locking) and passion (from a lifetime appreciation of the rail) can create. Just watch this video:
These are footage shot from one of Sharon’s model trains, superimposed over the window of a human-scale VIA train model. It looks like a train ride with care. But you might be wondering now: where did Shron get a human-sized model train? Well, he built that too – in his basement:
You should praise the attention to detail here. Not only do the models look good – Shron picked up real train seats and other equipment for his human-sized restoration – but the sound design really sells it. The last time I rode a train was over a year ago now, but the gentle hum of air conditioning, soft squeaks as the train rides on the tracks, the white noise of other people talking, and suddenly who is coming from another train, is unmistakable.
It’s almost too real.
Consider the implications: If Shron can recreate an almost perfect scale train line (and a human-sized train carriage for that matter), where does it stop? Why not a model home with a model train inside? Or a model city that contains the same thing?
I’m not talking Welcome to Marwen; I think more Synecdoche, New York. Maybe we were so focused on wringing our hands about the honestly ridiculous popularity of simulation theory that we ignored the other kind of simulation theory. That a kind man with deep respect for one of the greatest forms of human transportation (do not write planes, my phone is off), could have built a perfect, false world around us without us ever knowing it. Because what’s so true, you know? Am I? Are you?
In any case, the video is very relaxing. You have to give it a watch.