Predestination... and railways?
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Read how the thread of railways through 54 years in the lives of two people has led to proof of destiny and life after death... Beginning in England in 1958, the thread of railways links mediums, the spirits of the lost Queen of Egypt, a King of England, Mary Magdalen and Princess Diana as well as the mysterious Cassandra codes. These predicted many disasters, Lockerbie, 9/11, hurricane Katrina, four Airbus crashes, four Christchurch earthquakes and Japan's '3 in 1' disaster in 2011. The book ends with a real-life Celestine Prophecy journey woven around the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, A4 4492 and its NZ whistle... and the coming End of the World... Someone is warning us...
The book is priced in New Zealand dollars so I presume it comes from down under. The website (http://www.lighteternalbooks.com/) includes:
We are publishing books devoted to the study of paraphysics, based on the results of our twenty eight years' of original scientific research in this difficult area. We use the term paraphysics because we are concerned with phenomena which appear to be elements of reality beyond any current theories of space and time. Our research is primarily concerned with proof of life after death and the use of meaningful coincidence by an external Source in conveying information to us about world events before they happen.... And then the theme of destiny came to prominence, via railways, initially and re-echoed in many ways since.
I've never, however, gotten into the dark-side of train-spotting.
I also have wondered whether one could compare the body to the train itself, the mind to the scheduler or dispatcher, the soul to the engineer or driver, and the spirit to the conductor; but these were just loose but fun ruminations.
I'll have to look up the story you mentioned.
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote an allegorical story, the Celestial Railroad, which I read and enjoyed as a teenager.
A science fiction story called the Moebius Strip, was laid in the Boston subways (tunnels). I can't remember the author.
And C.S. Lewis well-known novella, the Great Divorce features a bus that shuttles back and forth between hell and heaven.
I can see the steam locomotive itself as the soul. But with trams and trolley cars, I'm not so sure, so I would give the soul to the motorman or driver, also for any electrically propelled rail vehicle. Maybe the electric current is the "spirit". Although if electricity is the "animating" force, and because 'animating' is related to the Latin word for soul, anima, maybe the electricity is really the soul.
Thanks for the references. The Levittown library on Long Island (near where I live) has a book of SF stories collected by Isaac Asimov in 1971, and I've ordered that book from their storage area, so as to read "A Subway Named Moebius" again.
The Reverend Richard Paten, the man behind the Nene Valley Railway and Railworld in Peterborough has died...