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Return of Tales of future past... Oh yeah.....
« on: January 22, 2015, 02:34:28 pm »
Right then, here I go...  I know NOTHING about railways except that I like to look at trains, I like to ride on trains – I LIKE TRAINS!  When I say that I know nothing about trains I mean, most particularly, in any kind of operational sense.  I realise that hauling a bunch of wagons into a dead end siding behind a shunter is not too smart if you want to use that loco again in the near future.  That’s about the limit of my practical knowledge.  With that said, I will post a starting idea in the next day or two and ask for any and all suggestions to improve it.  I really don’t think that my sketch is in any way ‘precious’ so no suggestion for change will be too extreme for consideration.  I am still working on the sketch right now and admit that it is VERY ‘train set’ at this point.
Anyhow, for now, here is a sort of a back story for what ever it all grows in to.....

The place, a parallel universe situated on the outer edge of the back of beyond.  The time, in local parlance, ‘The Year Of The Oatcake’ – or, as we here would say, ‘I dunno!’...

It was a couple of years since the referendum and things were moving on apace.  The result of the vote had seen Scotland separate itself from the United Kingdom.  That had not been unexpected.  After all, Alex Trout had run a masterful campaign.  What was unexpected however, was the legal fallout that resulted from it.
Despite the best efforts of the UK Prime Minister, David Cameraman,  an ancient, and never repealed, law was discovered which allowed other parts of the Kingdom to secede at will in the event of the commencement of a break up of the Union.
Wales had been the first to go.  When it was discovered, in a subsequent hearing, that the English Counties were also able to take the step of independence, all of the western counties quickly did so.  This opened up a corridor between Scotland and Wales and, with the signing of a selection of agreements and contracts, resulted in the formation of a new political and trade amalgamation which become known as the North and West Alliance (N&WA – generally pronounced ‘Nay Way’).

Not all aspects of the separation had gone as smoothly as in the beginning however.  Many of the industries, particularly in the service aspect, had been headquartered in the capital and thus were nominally owned and/or controlled by various London companies and corporations.

At the behest of the WestMonster government (and a huge amount of tax incentives) these entities quickly withdrew their services from the new Alliance.

Looking specifically at the transportation network, the N&WA began to buy up and run various rail stock of an assortment of types and vintages.  To begin with they were simply worked in the colour scheme of the companies which sold them to the new network.  From the start there existed a plan to replace the units when possible, and, to repaint any remaining in a livery yet to be designed.
It didn’t take long for the remainder of the country, looking at the ‘mix and match’ railway system, to refer to it as a Frankenstein monster.  But, since Victor Frankstein’s monster was brought to life by electricity the whole ‘monster’ aspect of the situation was quickly accepted by all concerned and the citizens of the North and West themselves adopted the name ’Trainsylvania’ for their rail network.

That last sentence doesn’t really make a lot of sense but I don’t care too much.  Near enough is well good enough.  It’s just an excuse for a train set after all.  Cut me some slack here!  You people are all the same ye know... Pick, pick, pick!  How about some respect?  I fought and died in two world wars for you lot and what do I get for it? Pick, pick, pick!  I don’t think you can even SPELL repsect!

Anyhow, that’s it, my excuse and reasoning for running anything and everything (British) on the soon to be started layout.  Will that do?  I think it’s just a re-statement of what I think is called Rule One:  Run what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law...

A track plan will follow in short order but for now, thank you for indulging my lunatic fantasy.

Regards, Allan.....
« Last Edit: August 29, 2015, 03:35:24 pm by Zogbert Splod »
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2015, 02:43:40 pm »
Mad as a Brush............... :bounce:

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2015, 02:46:08 pm »
Jeez, I think someone has been on the Colombian marching powder....
« Last Edit: January 22, 2015, 02:48:00 pm by Agrippa, Reason: TYPO »
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2015, 02:46:37 pm »
Excellent (and entertaining) intro to your forthcoming layout, Zogbert ;D
However, being a Lancashire blow in (i.e. I wasn't born in this county), I'm not sure I like being in a corridor between Scotland and Wales as this could result in the respective crowned heads getting uppity and going for full blown conkering. Yes - the issue may be decided at the annual National Conquer Championships which I believe is held in Northamptonshire, a county singularly unaffected by any such border shenanigans.
Shenanigans? Heck, have I brought the Irish into this dispute now? We'll all be speaking Gaelic soon :worried:
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2015, 02:53:51 pm »
Excellent (and entertaining) intro to your forthcoming layout, Zogbert ;D
However, being a Lancashire blow in (i.e. I wasn't born in this county), I'm not sure I like being in a corridor between Scotland and Wales as this could result in the respective crowned heads getting uppity and going for full blown conkering. Yes - the issue may be decided at the annual National Conquer Championships which I believe is held in Northamptonshire, a county singularly unaffected by any such border shenanigans.
Shenanigans? Heck, have I brought the Irish into this dispute now? We'll all be speaking Gaelic soon :worried:
Best wishes with 'run what you brung'

Come on Mick, You Lacashireans (?) (adoptive or otherwise), like your Northumbrian and Cumbrian cousins, really really want to be Scottish. We all know this  :thumbsup:

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2015, 02:56:35 pm »
Mad as a Brush............... :bounce:

I've heard about people like you!  You are 'brushist' ain'tcha! I don't think a hobby forum is the place for such prejudice... Huh! What did brushes ever do to you?  ;)
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2015, 02:56:52 pm »
 :) I think I will dig out my flack jacket and tin hat again before rebels start blowing up trains (sets) again   :laughabovepost:
PS will you be including the Scotyland/Hook of Holland rail tunnel link?
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2015, 03:11:17 pm »
PS will you be including the Scotyland/Hook of Holland rail tunnel link?
Based on the concept of the fiddleyard being every where not detailed - YAIS! - Clogland and everywhere else in the entire universe!  Scot me up Beamy!!!
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
There, doesn't that feel better? 
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2015, 03:19:16 pm »
Now then me bonny lad that is some story and it looks like I am blessed with living on the Nay Way line, now what I want to know do you need a passport to travel into never-land governed by the almighty monsters or has free movement been granted?

As for rule 1 in this situation I think it is going to be rewritten.

 :laugh3:

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2015, 04:40:41 pm »
Mad as a Brush............... :bounce:

I've heard about people like you!  You are 'brushist' ain'tcha! I don't think a hobby forum is the place for such prejudice... Huh! What did brushes ever do to you?  ;)

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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2015, 04:43:52 pm »
Mad as a Brush............... :bounce:

I've heard about people like you!  You are 'brushist' ain'tcha! I don't think a hobby forum is the place for such prejudice... Huh! What did brushes ever do to you?  ;)

Nuts as a bag of squirrels......I don't discriminate when it comes to discrimination  :P

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2015, 06:27:32 pm »
Hopefully the layout will be as entertaining as the back story.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2015, 06:38:48 pm »
Zogbert

I hear they've discovered a couple of new planets recently. You wouldn't be from one of them by any chance?

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2015, 06:53:05 pm »
Just checking....are you related to the Zogbert Splod that posts on you tube? Although, I think he is a septic.
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2015, 08:38:41 pm »
Just checking....are you related to the Zogbert Splod that posts on you tube? Although, I think he is a septic.
It has been known... Yeah, unless there is another one, it's me. I lived in the US for around 16 years in two different spasms...

Regards, Allan.....
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
There, doesn't that feel better? 
Lovely!

Planning thread:
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25873.0

My website: Zog Trains

Run what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law
I may appear to be listening to you, but inside my head, I'm playing with my trains.

 

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