I ran across this amazing animation and immediately thought that there was an uncanny resemblance to Stan Mott’s Les 24 Heures De Choo Choo. So I emailed Stan.
From Stan Mott:
Russian enthusiast Роман Кузнецов (Roman Kuznetsov) sent me a copy of this marvelous video last month. I in turn sent my compliments to Digital Light Studio creator Andrew Ledenev. His thoughtful reply:
Dear Mr. Mott,
First of all, I would like to thank you for the inspiration that your images “Les 24 Heures de Choo-Choo” gave us in our animation project “Steam speed.” Thank you!
The same idea came to me and my friend when we were students and greatnnfans of Formula 1 racing in early 90's. We wanted to create a parody of the race, but with steam trains. Unfortunately we couldn't realize our vision at that time. We've restored our old idea in 2013. We remembered many things and jokes we thank out later and added many more. We looked for the reference images and found your perfect imagery! We were shocked! We saw the idea and vision very close to ours. And this fact gave us inspiration and confidence, that we were in right way. It's really great to find person with same vision!
Thank you once more, Sir! For our works and ideas.
Andrew Ledenev and Digital Light Studio team