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Every railway layout needs what is called a ‘back story’. A reason to be there… Here is mine…
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Despite the best efforts of the UK Prime Minister, David Cameraman, an ancient, and never repealed, law was discovered which allowed other parts of the Kingdom to secede at will in the event of the commencement of a break up of the Union.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 my layout. Will that do? It’s just a re-
The Back Story…