And the children knew by the whistle's moan
That the man at the throttle was Casey Jones.
This is one of my favorite pieces, mostly because it stars two of my children. My original sketch had the train far off in the distance, but my instructor, Ted Lewin, encouraged me to make the engine close and BIG. I think it was a good decision. I like the contrast created with the large, dark, mechanical engine and the small, light, fragile children. For reference, we went to The Casey Jones Museum and I had my kids stand next to their replica of Casey's 382 engine. They practically fit inside the wheels! Those old engines were so amazing and powerful and BIG!