I provide answers to vexing questions every day. In the shop my crew constantly seeks answers to questions about the shape of timbers, the color of a wagon or post. They want to know the form a rock will take, or perhaps something harder like what a beaver's tail may look like. Recently I provided the ideas for how a cartoon mine car would appear. The answers are drawn from real life in part, but mostly from our imaginations. It's a fun process!

As I start in to the final designs for the next large project it's a whole new ballgame. The theme is PIRATES but we are going to take everything to the extreme... and this world will be like nothing seen before. There is a train attraction that will run around the property for our guests to ride and enjoy. It will transport our guests into this (real) make believe world. The train of course had to sport a pirate theme, and look like nothing seen before. So the obvious question was what might a PIRATE TRAIN look like?? The answer was anything I could possibly imagine!

I've been thinking about this for a while and tonight I started putting ideas to paper. I started with the outline of a train we've built previously. It was very fun but not very pirate - ish.

Then I gathered the usual (and some unusual) PIRATE images and ideas and started working them into the train. The sketch is still rough but I think It captures the essence of what a Pirate train might look like - at least in the world we are going to build in Trinidad...

This is of course but the starting point. From here we'll continue inserting the wild ideas until the last weld and sculpt are done. This is going to be FUN!

-grampa dan