Overhead and looking down, a beauty of an old train was moving along its track at speed with steam and smoke billowing and puffing thickly. It was nearing a huge station ahead and began to slow down for arrival. This station was remarkable, regal even, with massive arches and pillars through which gold light glowed. Heady architecture mixed Greek, Roman and Victorian in grand structures with breathtaking height and scale. People thronged throughout this place of arrival swathed in the golden light and surrounded by a green paradise that steeply rose like an enclosure around this thoroughfare.
The train slowed right down as if to stop but it did not. It chugged in slow motion but never halted, deliberately taking in the beauty and soaking up the glorious atmosphere that was in this place. The whole scene seemed to depict the golden years of an era at its height. Gradually the train moved through the station, small movements all the while inching its way forward as if reluctant to leave this platform…. but the journey could not, would not stop here.
The speed picked up bit by bit until the direction turned definitely away from the golden station so that it was no longer in sight. The surroundings changed, the track was slightly up hill and headed into a dense wooded area, it was damp and the trees were full of green leaves. Even the track was made of wood; everything seemed busy with growth that it literally hummed with life. The way forward had lots of twists and turns but the train just kept going, following the rickety track upwards through the thick undergrowth.
Finally the train emerged from the wood and the track went into a steep up hill climb. The landscape was more sparse with autumnal trees of orange and red, the season was changing rapidly and winter was near as I could see mountains in the background already with snow on their peaks.
Reaching the top of its climb the train levelled out. Straight ahead was the deepest of ravines with the most delicate of bridges traversing it that lead into a tunnel hewn of rock. This black hole entered an intimidating mountain with no obvious exit.