...and they aren't returning. 

 


ever.

 


the WoFRR is abandoning the WoFMB, and building a truly massive departure train.

half of all diesel engines, about 3,500, will lead it, and will have two-thirds of all train cars, about 15,000, in no particular order. all of the passenger cars, along with all 414 passenger engines, are cut in front of the 15,000 freight cars, for employees and forumers.

 


the leviathan, as train crews have come to call it, is led by recently-restored 4-8-8-4 Big Boy #8016, over 130 feet long, with 4-6-6-4 Challenger #7214 behind it, and 4-8-4 #3368 last, then the diesels. 

 


meanwhile, the rest of the diesels are collecting cars from various industries, trains are arriving from other yards, and little switchers are dashing back to be slapped onto the rear of other trains, sometimes running on fumes. some more distant yards are completely abandoned already, nothing but strips of wood and iron with a few empty buildings nearby.

 


all unit trains from other yards are immediately sent in the direction of the Newsfeed yard, called Auburn Valley yard, which will be twice the size of the current yard, and is actually still being built. the recently-expanded mainline of 4 tracks is one-way; outbound.

 


all the crews are sad to leave, as these hills, valleys and plains have been their homes for years, but they know it's necessary.

 


as they need to get out before the ground crumbles.

 


And anyone who stays will die.

 


both scientists, religious people, and people of power who recieved prophecies, including the CEO of of the WoFRR, agree that for some reason, the ground is incredibly stressed, and in just a few weeks, according to computer simulations, the earth will spiderweb with cracks, and, a few minutes after that, it will explode into showers of dirt, fire, and rock, and then cease to exist.

 


however, for some reason, the newly-discovered land of the Newsfeed is exempt, and, the leviathan will be stopping by the SAMB and other forums before evacuating.

 


if they make in time.

 

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"I don't know what any of that train jargon means," Shion cried, randomly appearing behind a few other Forumers, "but it's still sad!" She texted somebody in her phone. "I need to let all my OCs and Personas know what's going down!"

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when an engineer asks what to do if he's in the middle of loading grain, it occurs to everyone that they might need some food to bring along with them, along with other commodities.

 

so dispatch orders every train to either load up as soon as possible or stop unloading and load up again. immediately, trains start pulling into sidings, backing up, or continuing on their way. coal, oil, grain, containers, rock, wood, and many other things are dumped, pumped, or put in train cars, and by the end of the day, most trains are either loaded or in the process of being loaded, with most train crews completely disregarding the 12-hour-workday law, some pulling all-nighters to get trains loaded with grain.

 

when farmers start showing up at the main yard with tractors or trailers, combines, implements, and trucks, claiming that they want to break new farmland in order to feed people, a cut of over 800 flatcars is attached to the Leviathan, all loaded with tractors, combines, implements, grain trucks, and, once mining companies heard about it, dozers, loaders, excavators, rock trucks, and washplants.

contrary to what movies like to say, there haven't been any riots, no ransackings, no city-wide brawls. the government has declared martial law, but no one is acting up, just working together to get food and supplies onto trucks, emptying warehouses and grocery stores in the process, which then head to trains or the Leviathan, and off to the Newsfeed. 

 

the DBTA has temporarily turned over all rolling stock and engines, including electric trains and subways, which are useless on the non-electrified mainline, to the WoFRR; along with sandtrak, this brings the passenger capacity to over 2 million people, which is about half the population of the region; the rest will have to drive down the 2-lane mountain highway that closely mirrors the tracks. 

road crews are currently working overtime to widen the road, doing shoddy work, not that it matters; most of it will be torn asunder in the coming apocalypse. the railroad is doing the same; the crew on that job is making incredible progress, showing just how efficient a crew can be when they have motivation. they are rapidly approaching a world-first; quadruple-tracked mountain track. of course, they cut a few corners; it only needs to last 2 weeks of heavy use.

 

suddenly, off in the distance, in a distant city, a plume of dust rises into the air, and a boom is heard for about 10 miles around.

 

in a city about the size of indianapolis, the second-tallest skyscraper, 56 stories, got a 1.5-foot-thick crack in the foundation, splitting a corner support column in half and causing the whole thing to collapse. thankfully, the city was completely abandoned, not a soul left, and only 3 buildings were destroyed. but, it was still a big wake-up call, and once a news chopper recorded the aftermath, everybody doubled their already-accelerated pace of work, more and more people joining in on the movment of supplies, so much so that the WoFRR says that at the end of the week, they will have everything full, and depend on running trains alone. even the military, air force, and navy are all helping, exhausting explosive supplies, missiles, tank rounds, and artillery shells to burrow tunnels and expand railroad cuts in an effort to aid with the evacuation preparations, making peace groups and citizens alike very happy, along with all the service men and women finally getting to have some fun.

 

but, of course, there are the stubborn few who refuse to leave, claiming that it's all a farse, or too connected to the land they live on to leave.

 

their families pray it will be quick.

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all autorack cars are now part of the Leviathan, and, wisely, all in one section; over 2,500 of them, so as to contain the vehicles of the ~2 million people riding the massive train. and it isn't divided up by class either; high-end mercs are right in front of battered old sedans, supercars put in directly behind farm trucks, and even King Keith's limo is stuck jsut under a mud-encrusted off-road Chevy pickup.

the only way the cars are divvied up is by size. the red autorack cars have two setups; one, with three levels, is for compact cars, sedans, and crossovers, while the other, with two levels, is for SUVs and pickups (the only reason King Keith's limo is in among the pickups is because of it's length).

 

meanwhile, for those who aren't riding the train and don't have cars or can't find a ride, every single school bus, along with every commuter and charter bus in the region, has been called to help; this results in massive convoys of buses occupying the highways, picking up people at pre-determined gathering areas in every community they pass.

this results in sport stadium parking lots, and any parking lots in general, filling up with hundreds of buses, all fuelling up and preparing for the trek to the Newsfeed. tires and engines are gone over completely, electrical systems checked out, and anything else of importance, so as not to lose anyone on the trip.

 

meanwhile, people started showing up with trucks full of, not food, but equipment, like power tools, generators, paper, nuts, bolts, screws, nails, even molds to cast parts for power stations and other essential things. the boxcars, 60 feet in length and 2,000 in number, were utilized for this, with each car being cataloged in the manifest, and boxes with individual things being marked with the owner's name. the packing is orderly, but the unloading at the Newsfeed with be disorganized; at least they'll have time. 

the boxcars are also used to store already-produced replacement parts, as they were originally intended to.

soon, people start arriving with luggage, and, the railroad never having anticipated this large an influx of passengers at once, the baggage cars, despite being 70 feet long and numbering over 40, soon fill up. so, the rest of the boxcars are used, until those fill up, too. people are devastated at learning the news, as leaving behind their luggage also means leaving behind their most precious items; heirlooms, toys, stuffed animals, computers with cherished photos past events and crucial business documents, even pets, in some cases. but then, the farmers and miners offered up the spaces in their grain trucks, combine cabs and grain tanks, grain carts, tractor cabs, loader buckets, rock trucks, excavator buckets and cabs, basically anything that can shelter luggage. any pets or animals are put in the boxcars, and any luggage displaced goes into cabs, trucks, dump beds, or buckets, much to the relief of everyone.

just then, everyone is reminded of something they forgot about: planes. they are reminded of them when someone sleeping in a hotel near the railyard recieves a call from a friend in a different city, asking them to pick them up from the empty interstate about 55 miles outside of town. when asked why, he says that the international airport was so full of planes, they started parking them on taxiways once they were too low on fuel to make it to still-populated cities, then 1 of the 3 runways became parking, then the second one, then hangars, then even the grass. finally, they shut down the airport, but 6 planes waiting for landing clearance were too low on fuel to head for another airport. so, they decided, with the complete absence of outbound traffic on the highways, that those outbound lanes would be suitable runways. 

at this point, it occured to everyone, why did we waste fuel shuttling people here, when we could have just flown straight to the Newsfeed? but then, word spreads that there is only 1 dirt runway, and only built to support a two-engine turboprop plane, at most, let alone an airliner.

 

as the hard work continues, it is announced that the road to the Newsfeed is almost complete; cars, trucks, and buses start pouring down the road, 4 lanes wide, bumper-to-bumper, 45 mph at the slowest, towards the Newsfeed, which, despite being currently only a 5-square-mile crude dirt parking lot bordered by forest, a crude lumbermill, a massive railyard, and huge stacks of lumber, all except the railyard cleared and built by the region's largest lumber company, is still better and safer than the more civilized, normal world in their rearviews.

 

which, in just over a week, will be torn asunder, as if put through a shredder.

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Burner gathered all of his equipment from his Spartan armor and his old headquarters and got on the train. “I hope Alpha will be there,” he said to himself. 

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I was nervous, definitely. Abandoning everything I knew was no easy task. With a sigh, I finished zipping up the backpacks and hopped onto my bike, heading for the train. 

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(I should mention, in this scenario, each long post is a new day)

 

word reaches the old main WoFRR freight yard by way of train crews that at the Auburn Valley yard, and with the Road Crew, who have had trouble building short-term bridges, that dragons have started coming to help, mudwings, seawings, skywings, nightwings, all who live close enough, and are helping to unload containers out of trains, move new rails off of cars and onto the railroad ties, and helping with bridges. with their immense strength, everything is making huge progress, much faster than it would've been without their help.

 

also, the Leviathan's departure date is announced: 5 days from now. this is for 3 days to do a quick visual inspection of every car, which causes a small uproar, until reminded that with a train this big, if a hose connection broke anywhere on the train, it would come to a grinding halt. then, that time is also needed to create the space to actually break up the train upon arrival, and 2 days for travel.

 

the news of the dragon's unnanounced assistance reaches those evacuating by road through CB radio in truck cabs, who then spread it further by word-of-mouth and cell phone. 

 

then, late in the evening, more good news; with the front of the traffic wave halfway to the Newsfeed, and Auburn Valley, roadbuilders announce that the last major obstacle, a wide wooden bridge crossing a wider river, has been completed, and they are on the home stretch. the road should be completed by about midnight, if nothing goes wrong.

 

but, along with the good news, comes some bad. more cracks are appearing, and some appeared nail-bitingly close to a hydroelectric dam, and some more criss-crossing a city center, a different city from before. more buildings collapse, and that city is cut off when the one highway leading to it collapses from a 2-foot-wide crack in one of the supports. 

 

everyone is only just now realizing how close they're going to cut it.

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Legacy and Requiem both nod with a sullen expression. "So long, friend!" Legacy calls out to the trains!

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"My love, take your time"

"I'll see you on the other side"

"Raise a glass to freedom"

2014-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                            

 

Sylvia watches as her home, her life speeds by. Her ears twich, and her tail droops. She wishes she wasn't just an everyday Kajhit, just passing by on the Skyrim streets. But she's still the only panther Kajhit in Skyrim. When she woke up here, she was overjoyed. She was the only Kajhit! She thought of Legend, her boyfriend. He must be somewhere on this train. She thought.

 

Legend sits. He thinks of Sylvia, the panther Kajhit. After all, he's a cheetah Kajhit. He sets off to find Sylvia, bumping into someone.

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(train hasn't left yet, guys, only cars trucks and buses)

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She's just thinking how the train trip's gonna be. :(

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but requien/legacy yeah train ain't leavin, forum and IRL time, until the 23rd

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cars, trucks, and luggage are still being loaded into the boxcars, rock trucks, tractors, grain trucks, and grain carts, along with people's vehicles. meanwhile, more cities have crumbled a bit more overnight, but they have stopped. this both worries and relieves scientists, as this could mean the stress buildup will grow exponentially, as without those cracks forming, the stress won't be released. but, it also gives them more time to get out.

 

speaking of which, the massive wave of vehicles is rapidly approaching Auburn Valley, with cars running low on fuel drafting off of big rigs, hoping to not have to walk the last few miles.

 

but, everyone makes it, even if it means coasting, or even being gently pushed up hills by semis, and the view that greets them as the last hill is crested is truly astonishing.

 

a massive railyard, with over 100 trains, full of coal, grain, oil, gas, diesel, all kinds of ore, and anything that doesn't have storage readily available, taking up barely a third of the yard. next to it, a seemingly endless expanse of bare, smooth, lightly compacted, rich black earth, with massive letters spelling out 'PARKING LOT' drawn in it with a dozer, as a half-joke. off in the distance, virgin forest was barely visible. 

next to the parking lot, which already had one row full of dozers, fellers, and logging trucks, was a large, crude sawmill, churning out wood planks, which were immediately stacked on already colossal piles, and almost equal, maybe a bit smaller, piles of logs on the other side of the sawmill.

 

upon the sight, the first trucker yelled the news over the CB, which quickly percolated down through the 150-mile-long chain of trucks, who soon started blasting the air horns, announcing their arrival as a beautiful sunrise started peeking over the mountains behind them, revealing, past Auburn Valley (the sunrise was the reason for the name), massive plains extending to the sea, ripe for farms.

 

by midday, plumes of dust are rising into the sky from the thousands of wheels passing over the dried-out dirt, the colassal parking lot filling quickly, but having more than enough space for everyone.

 

450 miles back east, WoFRR big boy #8016 (look up big boy 4014 for a great visual), at the head of the train, is started up, along with the other 2 steam engines, for the the second time in 55 years, and, just like a car just off the showroom floor, she starts up immediately, the crew double-checking everything, making sure she is in tip-top shape for the long, heavy sprint to the Newsfeed.

 

everything is double-checked, because, despite the insane amount of diesels, steam engines, and their equally insane amount of torque, are the only thing that will get that train started.

 

and if it won't even move, well, that just can't happen.

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One of the dragon's of Twenty-One Dumpstreet slinks over, it's Aes. "I can help." They hiss cheerfully, their steampunk parts glowing with literal lightning. "I got more than enough energy to help this Big Boy out." Aes buzzes before flying over to get closer to the train.

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