Love the little reflection on the track, last frame.
Wow. This train would look old TODAY. How old is it at the time of the comic?
from what I could google this is what trains in Alaska look like now? so it might still be around thirty years from now right? 🙂
Wait, you mean this is et in only 2050 and there are neural links, true AI and biomechaincal androids? That seems too soon to me. I mean the first two are somewhat plausible, but I don’t think there’s any tech right now that could evolve into what we’re seeing in the comic.
Also, the locomotive looks like it runs on diesel. Did the oil crisis already happen in this world? Because I checked, and the latest estimated date I could find was 2040.
You’re probably right, it’s very tricky to predict future trends. Thirty years ago I wouldn’t have thought we’d still be using diesel today, and I’d never heard of crypto-currency… 🙂
So I didn’t bother to try to design a whole new type of train. For instance, if there’s an invention like say in the process of using hydrogen fuel cells, that could mean it suddenly becomes economical to convert old locomotives to this, and it wouldn’t be visible on the outside… or maybe if diesel is banned in road vehicles all over the world it extends its use life with a few years…
Jonson brings up an interesting point. I wonder how much trains have changed in the past few decades, and if they’ll change at all in the future. I’m sure this question is better left for an engineer, though.
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