Casey is the quintessential old-time railroadman.
You can practically see the soot
flowing through his veins --- kind of a disgusting
image, isn't it? Anyway, he's irritable,
pigheaded, and generally impossible ---
all the qualities that make him just
about my favorite
Jeb is Casey's brickheaded sidekick
and all-round whipping boy. He's
also one of the world's greatest sheep
--- meaning he's yet to see a dumb
trend or insipid cultural
fad that he didn't fall for
hook, line and sinker. If you've got a
flavor-of-the-month bandwagon, fear not--
Jeb will jump on board..... and probably
help pay for the gas.
The stationmistress and
frequent thorn in Casey's side. It
doesn't take much to put a bee in her
batty bonnet and make her skipping
rope-like arms flail wildly.
Devil Incarnate, "Friendless
Frink" is also the founder
of the TTR. Reincarnated as a statue,
he can now only stand helplessly
by as Casey and Jeb have their
incompetent way with his
Walter-- the mastermind
behind the model railroad which is TTR--
has a terrible job --- REALLY terrible.
I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it's
and soul-crushing. In
fact, it's so bad that he's had to turn
to the toy trains of his youth in a
desperate attempt to find some relief
in his life..... heart-wrenching stuff,
right? But nice for me because it gives
me something to write about.
Mona is a self-confessed "Toy Train
Widow." Her fondest
wish in life is for Walter to forget
about his toy trains for an hour and come
watch 'Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman' with
her (now THAT'S sad!). At the moment,
she's a bit of a nagging harpy,
but I suspect that her personality will
mellow somewhat as the strip progresses.
Trevor is Walt's son, and the occasional tormentor
of Casey and Jeb. Luckily for them, he's
usually too wrapped up in his computer
games to bother with something
as dull as a model train....
If only he knew...
TTR's resident hobo and
V.P. of Ambiance. He's a
man of means by no means - king of the
Jeb's nasal impaired ladylove.
The only thing she fancies more than him
is a good decongestant.
depot's new office manager.
For reasons found only in comic strips,
no one seems to realise he's a bee.
I know, I know... technically speaking,
it's not really a character, but it IS
sort of the star of the strip.
What interests me about it is that all of
the main characters perceive it in a
different way. To Casey and Jeb, it's
their livelihood. To Mona, it's a
potential homewrecker. To Trevor, it's
merely an occasional distraction from
school and cyberspace...
And to Walter's eyes, well, who
knows? It could be an escape
route into a kinder and gentler
past, or a one-way ride to the booby
hatch. I guess only time