Legend of the Ghost Train
Railroads were once the backbone of America Our railroad in particular was one of the finest- at least…until the ghost came You gotta be kidding me Come on old-timer, I got places to go! I’m going as fast as I can.These people have places to go too, Jebediah. They can’t wait on you So I’m trying to move forward, but slowpoke over here got on my way once again! It’s not like his wheels are gonna fall off! Or are they? Jebediah is out of his prime. Just like all the steam engines. He belongs in the scrapyard Well, I wouldn’t necessarily go that far. I mean he is still trying his hardest He’s growing old Vance. That’s what happens to steam engines. All over the country, they have outlived their usefulness Look what happened to Jefferson. He’s headed for the torch very soon from what I hear It’s only a matter of time before this old rust bucket goes there as well At least I’m not a pompous asshole who has no respect for his elders! Dammit! They’re right! Alright boys, time to wake up Before I give you your jobs, I would like you to give a warm welcome to Kimberley She’ll be helping out with our freight trains It’s about time! You need all the help you can get, Vance I’m mixed traffic Paul This kid will only be helping herself I may be young but I am no kid! That’s enough! I brought Kimberley because there is a high fuel demand and we need as many engines as possible for our trains Paul, you’ll be pulling the express as usual Vance, you’ll be on local commuter services Kimberley, I want you to go to the shunting yards Jebediah will meet you there. He will show you there ropes on what you need to do. meet you there. (KIMBERLEY) Yes sir! Good. Now off you go! Show-offs Strange, where is he? Sorry, I’m late youngster I’m not in shape like I used to be. (Kimberley) Not a prob at all sir Sir? Ha! Now that’s something I haven’t been called in years Well, I was taught to respect my elders sir. I’m Kimberley Jebediah It’s a pleasure to meet you Kimberley I’ve gotta hand it to you Kimberley. You know how to handle freight trains With all due respect it’s what I was built for. (Jebediah) Yeah, it’s nice But not like the old days Where I was younger, I used to pull passenger trains along the line The countryside’s were beautiful But I got old over time the aging took its toll on my speed I pull passenger trains sometimes but not as much as I used to Instead I’m regulated to slow freight, and everyone else just complains about me and how slow I am I’m wearing me out Kimberly. I don’t like the youngsters teasing me, but they see me for what I am And old engine on his last wheels Don’t be so hard on yourself You have a workers spirit in you
Thanks youngster That may just be the nicest thing anyone’s said to me in a long time I see you’ve shown Kimberley the ropes. Well done Now, I need you to go to the scrapyard to collect a train and take it to the harbor. (JEBEDIAH)Yes, sir Don’t worry Jebediah You’ll do fine over there Try not to think about it too much I guess I’d better get used to the sight of it Beware! The ghost is upon us! The what? The ghost! He’s come for souls I’ve seen him, pale as death itself and the yellow lights of fear shine from his lamp Just ignore him. He’s been talking nonsense ever since he saw one of the others get cut up We’re putting him out of his misery tonight I’m telling you the truth. I Have seen him You’d better watch yourself Jebediah Like I said, he’s got some screws loose So this is it. I’m about to meet the torch Trust me old man, it’s for your own good. You were falling apart for a long time It’s not my fault your managers aren’t helping old engines. They just want us out of the way, and are looking for excuses to get rid of us That’s why they neglect us. We only machines to them! Soon, you’ll meet the torch as well Come on, you think I like doing this to you? My death won’t change things for the better. He’s already angry Please Jeff don’t make this worse for yourself Go ahead. I don’t care what you do to me. I’d rather die than live in a world ruled by savages Any last words Jefferson? Oh yeah, I have a few words Man has no careful machines, and diesels have little respect for their elders, but It will all come back to bite you in the ass May God have mercy on your soul The ghost’s a-comin’! He’s coming for all that have wronged him!!! Why me? Jebediah, is that you? Probably too far away to hear me What the hell is going on?! Time to get up everyone Is it morning already? Before I assign tasks, there is something I need to inform you of. I’m afraid the news I have is tragic Morty? Oh my God Poor Morty He didn’t deserve what happened to him He was a hard worker like the rest of us I’m sure he was That’s all you have to say? I understand your wish to mourn, and I will honor that, but I have no time for it. (VANCE) No time for it? What’s the matter with you? (PAUL) If I wasted my time mourning it would slow me down and nothing would get done Why not have Kimberley help you? She just got here and she doesn’t know Morty like we did. (PAUL) The kid’s a freight diesel She’s not built for speed Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go What the…shit! My brakes! You! It was your carelessness! (KIMBERLEY) What are you talking about?
There was a stray caboose on the line towards town. You’re lucky he’s alive. (KIMBERLEY) What are you talking about? I didn’t even go into town. I was in the yard shunting. (PAUL) Bullshit! Paul! Leave her alone. She had nothing to do with what happened to Vance You’re an old man out of his prime You would be too focused on getting there without breaking down to notice any stock being lost That’s how the caboose ended up on the track. (JEBEDIAH) I would have known if something was lost. I would have also gone back for it! (PAUL) But you didn’t did you? You had it out for us diesels. You know that we are superior- that I’m superior to you Paul, stop it! (PAUL) Can it kid! The grown-ups are talking Don’t you dare talk to her like that (PAUL) Or what? You’re gonna smash me to pieces? That’s what I ought to do to you You’re nothing but a hunk of metal just waiting to be taken to the scrapyard, and on that day I will deliver you there myself You are an old, weak, worn out steaming junk heap You listen here youngster! I am sick and tired of your nonsense You have given me nothing but trouble since you came here. I only wish I was responsible so I could shut you up But I wasn’t, and it’s time you started treating elders with respect Maybe all that has happened is a sign for you to get your act together and grow up Jebediah! Glad to see you returned! Thanks for taking Vance to the repair yard No problem sir I need you to take a midnight fuel special into town. A trucking company made a pretty big purchase Yes sir Get the hell out of my sight! (JEBEDIAH) Gladly That’s strange. No one told me there was another train. They must have must have screwed up the schedule again I don’t hear any rumbling Hello? Are you stuck in there? I can go for help if you need it It’s been a long time That voice. Who are you? You recognize me, don’t you? That’s not possible. You perished years ago Daniel? Is that you? (DANIEL) it’s good to see you old friend. I’m glad you haven’t been touched What is this? How are you standing right in front of me? (DANIEL) I never quite left this earth When I crashed I didn’t die just yet I pretended to be out cold, but I heard the workers. They were going to scrap me, but they weren’t going to stop there They were going to scrap all of the steam engines when they proved to be useless, or when there were in accidents They wanted us out of the way I screamed as they cut me to pieces. The process was long and I suffered so much agonizing pain When I finally embraced death, I went straight to purgatory. I wondered why I was still here, but then I realized there was something I had to do I Had to punish the men that sentenced my kind to death. We steam locomotives were hard workers, but they gave up on us They had to be taught a lesson for being so damn selfish That is when I was reborn, and now I will eradicate all engines that are left Including those that have wronged you Vance and Paul No, you can’t do that Sure, those whippersnappers taunted me because of my age, but I am able to prove to them I am strong Did you? (JEBEDIAH) Not really They accused me of killing Morty and putting Vance into repairs. (DANIEL) That wasn’t you. It was me What? You? (DANIEL) That shunter put Jefferson to death! Jefferson was a good engine, a hard worker like you and me. And you know who took his place? A goddamn diesel engine! They’re replacing steam engines all over the country and soon they’ll be all over the world. I Need your help Jebediah
You want to get back at those diesels, don’t you? The ones who mock you and call you old fashioned, out of your prime slow? Join my cause Jebediah. You can help me move on Eradicate the diesels on this railroad and you will regain your glory. Men will see what steam engines are capable of, and they will bow to you. To us But more diesels will take their place And I am no killer Now I see. You’re just like them. Willing to give up on your kind. That’s pathetic Cowardly Traitorous A slave to man. You will pay for betraying your fellow engines, but I still refuse to let my death be in vain Even if I have to take action myself. I will destroy all of the engines on your railway Including her. What’s her name? Oh Yes Kimberley. (JEBEDIAH) You will do no such thing! You will go back to the afterlife and stay there and leave everyone be (DANIEL) I will not, not yet Those Diesel’s will fall leaving only you and her. Then, when the two of you are alone you will watch her die! Dammit! I have to go on dammit! Damn you Daniel! Jebediah, are you alright? Listen, we’re in danger all of us. (PAUL) What are you talking about? (JEBEDIAH) It’s a bit hard to explain But I need you to trust me. (PAUL) Why should I trust you after last night? (JEBEDIAH) Because the damn ghost is out there. I saw him last night! (PAUL) Oh my god You believe me? (PAUL)I believe that you’ve finally gone off the deep end just like Jefferson I will be telling dispatch when I get back Then you’ll be put on the torch’s siding and no one will ever have to deal with your pokey-ass again Kimberley listen to me. I need you to go after him. Why me? (JEBEDIAH) you believe me, don’t you? I honestly have no idea But you know more about this whole railway than I do, and if there are ghosts here, I’d rather know sooner than later Grh! Not a runaway! Crap! The cars! There’s a plaque for Morty at the scrap yard too Good Sure, there were pains in the neck But they didn’t deserve to die like they did. (KIMBERLEY) I don’t understand There weren’t any engines around when those tankers got loose Maybe a careless worker forgot to tighten the brakes on them It was something else entirely What do you mean? It’s Daniel Who’s that? He was an old friend of mine He pulled the Express while I handled the normal passenger trains But we weren’t working you bet we were out and about enjoying our lives Until one day when he had a serious accident The railroad couldn’t afford to fix him so they had to sell him for scrap Not long after the accident Paul came to the yard And Vance came last year. As for me, well, you know what happened I never forgot the good old days But now the Daniel’s ghost is out there things are only going to get worse, unless I do something about it I knew he was devastated
But I never thought he’d resort to vengeful behavior in the afterlife I don’t know what you’re planning, but please don’t get yourself killed You’re a hard worker yourself. I’ve seen it With Morty and Paul gone, and Vance in repairs we’re all that’s left for the time being and The railroad can’t go on without us. I need you and Though others never saw it this way This railroad needs you too Jebediah Hello Jebediah What do you want now? Two have already fallen, two left to go You need to stop this. what you’re doing is sadistic Not only did you kill Paul but you killed all of his passengers as well Nobody survived! Maybe so but this railway will be punished and soon every steam engine will be avenged They were hard workers. Just like you and me All engines are! I never met a lazy engine in my entire life. I’m Proud to have traveled near and far and to work for the good of the world So if that’s wrong, I don’t want it to be right But now that I see your true colors in death. I see a monster All I can do is ask as your former friend. Please leave us alone and what if I don’t Then I will give my life for the others Let me get this straight, you want to sacrifice yourself for those who disrespected you? For those who took your job? I would Very well old friend. Meet me at the scrapyard. I’ll be waiting All right Daniel, I’m here. Show yourself Heads up! What You make good on you promise and now you need to make good on yours But they are my guests. I think they’ll stick around to watch the show I’m here aren’t I? Honor the deal You don’t make the calls! I am the Reaper I decide how those in my grasp meet their fates, and now I have you The one steam engine left standing That’s what this is all about You killed Morty and Paul to get to me! The Railroad should have kept me alive I served my purpose well, but they treated me like a goddamn slave So now I shall punish them Life is not in our control! I beg to differ, old friend Your time has come just as mine did Vance we have to go now But I can’t move! My engine’s broken for pete’s sake! Leave that to me Had enough? You wish I can grant my own wishes You know something I actually admired you back in the day But now I see a jealous monster green with envy Choose your next words carefully. Jebediah Why? You’ve already got me in your grip! Finish me if you have the fire within Are those your last words? Go on! Do it you coward! Don’t do it! At last. The traitor is gone Kimberley come on! Let’s go while we can You’re not going anywhere! This whole railroad has to pay for what they have done They had no choice They would have fixed you if they could Jebediah was trying to tell you that He is no more. There’s nothing else he can do What is this? Jebadiah! No! It’s over Daniel. This railroad is under my protection now, and it will live on, in diesel or steam under my watch
I will give you one chance. Leave now! Even in death, you still have the spirit in you. I admire that But as I have said this railroad will fall by my hand as I fell Very well old friend, you leave me no choice Goodbye Daniel We never heard from Daniel again Trouble came and went over the years as Road took more jobs from the railroad But Vance and I still held strong and trained the next generation of locomotives As for Jedediah, well And he still watches over us to this day Sometimes on a clear night We see him rolling down the line whistling hello to us And that is the story of the ghost train: protector of the railroad