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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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The Lakeville Amboy & Conneaut is a totally ficticious narrow gauge shortline that takes place in the Greater Ohio area in the 1930's.

Originally the Lakeville Ry served this area and the Ely Thomas had rights to the rail line to transport their lumber. (I use an Ely Thomas Lumber Co. Loco, so that is the logging co. i know they weren't in this exact area) The Lakeville Ry busted shortly after it's conception due to poor management (my first RR didn't go so well). So, the Ely Thomas Lumber Co. took a gamble, and bought the abandoned line. Businesses were in need of the rail service to move their goods and the lumber company was set up to run. There is still a bit of a dispute over the purchase. The Ohio Tank line was interested in the line as well but was not entertained due to the fact that they wanted to privitize the line for their personnal use.

The Lumber co. made a decision to split the logging co and railroad due to business reasons. The railroad was named the Lakeville Amboy & Conneaut Railroad. Thier loco fleet was too slow, having only geared locos and one small articulated loco so when the line quickly boomed they bought a used reconditioned 2-8-0 coal burner. Business keeps growing and growing and the trains are getting longer and more frequent and they are working their poor connie to death. The LA&C RR is looking into the purchase of a used K-27 but have heard it has a lot of problems so they are waiting.

The LA&C RR continues to grow. They are currently redoing the line to Conneaut in hopes to speed up service and make it more dependable.
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