As a human/machine/animal hybrid, the “iron horse” locomotive captured the imagination of Americans during the middle of the 19th century by subjugating the pastoral landscape to the ingenuity of human invention. In addition to “conquering space and time,” the train was a new viewing mechanism that transformed the environment into a moving picture show through isolation, speed and framing. Today we have come full circle. Threading high-speed rail through the fabric of the American Midwest stands to recover the demand for mixing humans, commerce, technology and the rural landscape in new spectacular combinations. Which poses the question: what are the techno-natural hybrids that will capture the imagination of today’s rail riders? Animal Farmatures are dual natured farm implements that simultaneously cultivate farmland and entertain high-speed rail customers. The animatronic appliances explore the world’s largest free-range zoological garden while digitally connected riders rush along rails through the heartland of America. Attentive audiences watch in captivity while the Farmatures complete traditional farm tasks in combination with grand rural-techno spectacles. The robotic performers extend the tradition of machines using and mimicking animals for moving, operating, branding and processing food crops while creating a majestic (re)constructed terrain of roaming beasts. They return to their docking stable for the night after a long day of foraging, weary from their performance. Stationed alongside the organic based cows, sheep and horses, the proud ringmaster farmers tend their flock and prepare them for the next crop.