'Ince Castle battles inner demons, Atlas learns more about his past and Zebedee works to keep them both afloat, even when he comes upon the most remarkable discovery himself. Will the three manage to bring light to an otherwise dark past?’
TRADITIONAL TRIVIA TIME! - This will be the last episode to be made up of exclusively second camera footage. ‘Mail Bag Snag’ and ‘Rebel Iron’, while with segments already filmed, will have the majority of their footage filmed with my new camera. - One hour’s worth of footage was filmed in excess for this one. That’s a crazy amount of footage you will never see. - The first sequence filmed of this was actually a few bits of Ince’s nightmares. These were filmed well in advance of even episode one, believe it or not, and most of the parts in the scrapyard set of that scene were from the yet-to-be-fully-built original body of Zebedee. - This story had many different versions of itself. It was once just ‘A Day in the Life of Ince Castle’, where he scared some more immature engines with some stories about the scrapyard, hence the pre-filming of the scrapyard scenes. Crossed Lines was never going to end up at the scrapyards in fact, it was going to have a much slower slice-of-life pace to it. BUT THERE IS NO TIME FOR THAT HONESTLY I AM RUNNING CLOSE TO THE DEADLINE AS IT IS - My biggest regret is that I didn’t call this ‘Graveyard Shift’, but I felt that having two episodes with the initials GX in a row would be uncreative. Instead, I titled it for a homage to Episode 4 of Knuckles’ Railway Series, also titled ‘Nightmares’ - This episode introduces the characters Whistler and mysterious engine M. Whistler is fun to write for, because he’s every crooked salesman ever, but M is going to prove to be very important in future episodes. - The scenes inside Zebedee’s shed and the smelter shed were filmed in my wardrobe, and the scenes inside other sheds were filmed inside a cardboard box. - Ince Castle kept breaking while filming. First it was his tender, second it was his front bogey. It was maddening! - Next to Waterdown Station, Masonry Bridge Scrapyard is my recent favourite set. It takes up about the same amount as Waterdown, but is a whole different animal in comparison. It’s a lot more industrial, and gradually changes over the next few episodes to symbolise a general change. - For the longest time, I had no idea how to end this episode. I opted for the almost cliché ‘Everybody Laughs’ type deal but that I feel is important. I feel like this is the darkest episode so far as well as the one that has the most flashback sequences, and so the ending needed to show that the characters are moving on, however slowly, and living for the present. That and Castle is genuinely happy. Savour that moment.
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Ince Castle battles inner demons, Atlas learns more about his past and Zebedee works to keep...