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Where? What Year? Why? Or who cares?

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Since I'm not a gold member or whatever, I can't post a poll, but I thought it would kind of neat to hear some of the reasoning behind people's choices of the "W"s of their layouts. :) If for no other reason than it might help somebody else struggling to find their pike's identity.

Since I brought it up, mine is centered around an old coal "company town" in Western Pa (along what is the old Allegheny Valley branch of the Pennsy, which in my alternate history was never absorbed...)somewhere between Kittaning and Parker. It is always a nice afternoon in early June of 1959 there.

As for the "Why" -- We spent a lot of time in a little bump miles OFF the road called Conneration, which was just up over the hill from the no longer existing village of Catfish (Where we got the name of my business from) it's a beautiful place that STILL hasn't been overrun by developers and yuppies. (Don't bother to look for it on a map, though...the closest place that MIGHT show up is Rimersburg, where there used to be an Archway cookie plant) I picked 1959 because it lets me run steam (or the occasional diseasel), and the "newest" model car I had already bought when I started to actually start THINKING about an era happened to be a 1957 Bel Air....

As for why Pooh, Tigger and the brontosaurus are there...life is a mystery. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/whistling.gif
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Where: The Cabbage Patch Railway is situated on the East Island of New Zealand -with a land bridge over the Pacific to Napier on North Island. (There was one there -until 8 million years ago)...

When: The period is current -however the Cabbage Patch Railway is a Preservation Railway chiefly interested in 2 foot and Cape gauge locomotives and rolling stock. Its collection of locomotives has been chosen to be capable of running on the typical track work of the period 1880 to 1930. This is Edwardian Bullhead and Vignoles rail. It has recently branched out...

Why: The name comes from the original test track used by England and Fairlie which was called the "Cabbage Garden Railway" -mine was smaller so it was a "Patch". Also I liked the idea of telling people that there were "Fairlies at the bottom of the garden"....


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