sucking transformer         
                                    
         
                                          
 a type  of  transformer  (an  electrical 
  component) found mainly along railway   
  lines. they're usually mounted halfway  
 between  the  rails  and   the  overhead 
                powerlines.               
                                          
 as  far  as  transformers  go, these are 
 very  big.  instead, not  as  many are 
     needed. among all rail-adjacent      
  artifacts/symbols, they belong to the   
               rarer kind.                
                                          
         
                                          
 the  railpeople  are  in  general   very 
     secretive about their symbols and    
 machines,   so   also   with   the  this 
 transformer. what  we  know is  what  we 
               can observe.               
                                          
 a sucking  transformer  is surrounded by 
 two  signs,  both  around   twenty  four 
 meters to  each side  of it. tranins  do 
 not stop between these signs  during any 
 circumstances   -  if   the   choice  is 
 between  halting within, or running into 
 another train  just outside, they prefer 
                colliding.                
                                          
 water avoids  them. in  light  rain, the 
 ground  closest to  a transformer  stays 
 dry.  a  common  sight  is  a  creek  or 
    stream making a half-circle detour.   
 generally, sucking transformers are not  
 placed near  to larger bodies of  water. 
                                          
         
                                          
 their  function for the rail environment 
 is poorly understood. they seem to  pull 
    in stray fields and electricities.    
    superstition exist that they also     
 affect spirits,  gijinkas,  and even the 
        souls of living creatures.