Take a ride on this guy’s model train set

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Some people spent the pandemic writing the following King Lear, others regret that they were not. It doesn’t really matterThere are tons of inspirational pandemic projects to go around, but one of the most notable (and mind-boggling) has to be this model train video created by Jason Shron from the YouTube channel Rapido Trains

Shron is a dedicated train enthusiast and talented model builder. But his model train project to recreate the Canadian VIA rail line connecting Toronto to Montreal is truly a treasure that can only create a lot of time (due to COVID-19 lockdowns) and passion (from a lifetime appreciation of the track). Just watch this video:

These are images taken from one of Shron’s model trains, on top of the window of a human-scale VIA train model. It looks alarming like a train ride. But you may be wondering now, Where did Shron get a human-sized model train? Well, he built that too – in his basement:

You have to recommend the attention to detail here. Not only do the models look great – Shron bought real train seats and other equipment for his human-sized recreation – but the sound design really sells it. The last time I rode a train was over a year ago now, but the soft hum of air conditioning, the soft creaking as the train travels down the track, the white noise of other people talking and the sudden whirring of another train coming passes is unmistakable.

It’s almost too real.

Consider the implications: If Shron can recreate a railroad to near-perfect scale (and a train car the size of a human), where does it end? Why not a model home with a model train set in it? Or a model city with the same?

I’m not talking Welcome to MarwenI’m thinking more Synecdoche, New YorkMaybe we were so focused on wringing our hands over the downright ridiculous popularity of simulation theory that we ignored the other kind of simulation theory. That a kind man with a deep respect for one of the greatest forms of human transportation (no SMS to planes, my phone is off) could have built a perfect fake world around us without our ever knowing. Because what’s really real, you know? Am I? Are you?

The smiling face of a brilliant hobbyist OR the man who runs our small modeling world? You can judge it.
Photo: The Toronto Star

Anyway, the video is very relaxingYou should check it out.