K E L S O_
L O C O M O T I V E _A N I M A T I O N__II
This is a 5 minute animation of a desert
locomotive I created using the 3d animation
viewer appreciative comments on this animation
are posted here.
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to be able to play this Maya animation
directly on your computer rather than playing
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the links below and choosing "Save target as".
There are also two postings on youtube, an
and a higher resolution one here.
Though all visual content in this animation is
subject to copyright, use is unrestricted for
personal viewing. Commercial use of imagry
without prior written consent is prohibited.
In other words, distribution and use is only
ok as long as it is distributed for free and
only for individual personal viewing. Your
firm or corporation can use it too if I'm
contacted first and we come to an agreement.
Why make this animation?
years ago, I went on a camping trip with my brother Phil, who
recalled a fond memory of a remote valley in the Mojave
Desert of southeastern California.
We decided to detour and visit this isolated terrain. The
valley is a vast, bleak, moribund pool of sand; a concave
depression guarded by the Providence Mountains, whose lifeless
brown peaks join together and conspire like kilns to trap
every last ray of heat and blast them back down upon the
defenseless, oven-like surface below.
It is Nature's Bowl of Torture. As one cruises through the
stark, burning solitude, the baking heat of the sun and
stereophonic silence of the desert are occasionally shattered
by the roaring thunder of locomotive giants.
We had the good luck to end up driving alongside one of these
meandering snakes of alien steel: five Union
Pacific diesels, laden with an ungodly amount of
military hardware, as they groaned through the valley on their
way to the abandoned Union
Pacific Depot in Kelso,
At once both abjectly servile and unforgiving, these pounding
machines strain incessantly to defy megatons of resistance
with their inexorable might, obediently trekking with
nonnegotiable attitude along the scorching furnace of the
The power of these locomotives is both reassuring and
intimidating. You have to see them for yourself.
Between the locomotives and the crews that operate them, one
thing is assured: Things are getting done. No whining. Let's
go. Want to go somewhere a bit cooler? Hop on up then, but
hurry... we're leaving now.
if you're listening to Peter Gabriel's 'Passion' (details in
link below) while driving through the desert, you'll start
seeing things too. I was, and before I knew it, I had this
animation mapped out to the soundtrack "Of these, hope" from
not finished - I don't think it ever will be. I've not even
had time yet to put the engineer in. That and many other
improvements will have to wait to appear in Kelso Locomotive
turn the volume up or you won't get it. :-)