Roots of Motive Power – Steam-punky sights seen at Kinetic Carnivale

Decorative and informative, this fine ursine railman invited us up into his hot greasy steam engine for a tour. Old #45 on the Skunk Train route. Please note that showing face on Gay Highwaymen doesn’t mean these guys are gay. It means we are. Ok? Thanks, Man!

Old number 15 looking at old number 45. And vice-versa. Mystics and quantum mechanics Noh: the eye with which I view God (or the multiverses) is the same eye with which the Universe (or the gods) view me. Whistle starts the races. All part of the Kinetic Carnivale. Willis, in Mendocino County, California.

U.S.S. Yellow Submarine. Handcar races. All human-powered rail transport. Some are funky. Others are fast.

Do they call this a glory-hole? They do with glass kilns. This is the vent in the coal-bin on Engine 45. Water and oil to the rear.

Apple Jack handcar and 4-man crew. Handcar races. Best hauler. Not the fastest – but rugged and strong and quick enough to travel and pull what you need!

Sun Leather. Custom boots, hats, belts, etc. Artisan at work.

Finished product. Hand-made boot.

Poplock Holmes. Chap-hopper and Steampunk entertainer extrordinaire.

19th century metal stamp press. 21st century operator.


Cute boys playing with their balls.

Better a century-plus ago than never…

The Train Singer

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