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The Trottingham Vale Light Railway by TurboJUK The Trottingham Vale Light Railway by TurboJUK
"Perchance you were to visit the town of Trottingham, County Shire on a weekday afternoon. You would see the young colts and fillies playing in the streets of the housing estates, when all of a sudden a noise draws them from their games, to a single road, leading to the centre of town. A stallion stands in the middle of the road, a green flag in his mouth. He turns to the side and waves it. What responds is the low, loud blast of a steam whistle, as the most peculiar locomotive passes through the crossing, hauling 11 gleaming carriages along the former back roads towards the terminus at the town centre. As it passes, the gleaming brass nameplates proudly bear the name "CELESTIA" and the legend "FAIRLIE'S PATENT", and from the cab sides, the image of a white alicorn.
This is the Trottingham Vale Light Railway, 24 miles from Trottingham to Longbridge where it meets the Equestrian Rail network, serving day and night."

This is my pet project, the tale of a narrow gauge railway in Equestria, combining two of my great loves - ponies and trains.
Back in April/May last year, I won a part built 009 model of a Double Fairlie, fully painted but lacking a chassis. Struggling to come up with a name for it, I eventually went with "Celestia", which ultimately sparked the idea of ponies building and running a narrow gauge line. The design and livery are replicated here, although I can imagine that being on the footplate isn't easy for ponies.

With the debut of Pipsqueak and his accent (however varied it may be), I gathered that ponies from Trottingham speak with English accents. But it can't just be Cockney, like Pipsqueak's attempted accent, so there had to be more British ponies. Hey presto, the region of County Shire. I could come up with a headcanon where British locomotive designs were used and (unlike the show) engines would be portrayed accurately.

Having spent last week in Wales visiting the narrow gauge railways there, I felt inspired to finally draw this picture, instead of waiting for the 009 model to be up and running. Yes, this type of engine actually exists. In fact, the image is pretty much identical to a photo I took of Double Fairlie "Merddin Emrys" leaving Porthmadog on the Ffestiniog Railway (which I think the TVLR to be most similar to).
So what we see here is locomotive number 1 "Celestia" charging through the valleys, having just left Colton and coming up on the extremely narrow Foalwyn Tunnel.

MLP Hasbro and Lauren Faust
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arseyman Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
I bet Fairlie is rolling in his grave at the thought of this. YOU CAN'T CROSS THE STREAMS! BRITISH RAILWAYS AND PONIES ARE TWO SEPARATE THINGS!
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Nightmare-Moon-Fan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Cool, we have a locomotive where I live except its a museum now
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Question: Is this the front or back? (Tee hee hee, trick question!)
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the mare! is she the driver or the firemare?
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TurboJUK Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Firemare, and a very good one at that considering she can keep a full head of steam with a cramped workspace.
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:
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Vector-Brony Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truely awesome. I love the ffestiniog railway and it's locomotives. Especially the englands. Princess, prince, palmerston and welsh pony. Hopefully welsh pony will be restored soon.
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TurboJUK Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Fittingly enough, Prince was the very first narrow gauge engine I travelled behind, at Railfest back in 2004. Only now do I appreciate that.
I agree, Welsh Pony deserves to be restored to running condition. While its cosmetic restoration will ultimately look amazing, it's suffered so much over the years that to get it working again would make up for all that.
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CrazedRabidHusky Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
awesome pics :) i enjoy all of them
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TurboJUK Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
There are more to come, but they'll probably be after I've built more engines.
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CrazedRabidHusky Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
excellent :D
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deltasworder1x Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
*thomas the tank engine song plays in the background*
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LightningTheV2 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now THIS is how you combine ponies and railways, by going realistically.
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TurboJUK Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It always bugged me that the trains in the show (and fiction in general) are never operated realistically, regardless of outlandish designs. With the TVLR I've planned a rough history of the line, its rolling stock and locations just to keep things realistic and consistent (with plenty of references to real places in Britain, e.g. 'Portmaredoc' and 'Haymouth').
It certainly helps that I'm actually modelling the railway with all my 009 projects - the coaches seen here are nearly finished and I've almost completed another engine, the line's No. 2.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Such a fine double fairlie locomotive! :D
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lilapplegirl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
legend of Celestia friendship tracks. lol.
rip-off of legend of Zelda spirit tracks
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm, I wonder what did I miss so far...?
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
if i have to have guess, it seems to not be burning welsh coal (it is not that clear) usual for a welsh engine. also if i recall the chart correct the fire is burning enfensently, the prospective seems a little off on the frount.

do not get me wrong i love this, i personally would like to see badges and uniforms.

good job on the Firemare and and driver and it is nicely drawn train and nicely faded background as if it foggy with good slate walls (very British) with the faint sighs of a country road.

(nice job lad a bit of a steam/pony "nerd" (i do not consider nerd offensive) myself)
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TurboJUK Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well we're unsure of the properties of the coal in Equestria, so it's entirely possible that the coal around County Shire is similar to Welsh coal. Given the similarities between the TVLR and the Ffestiniog, I'd say it's likely.
I'll eventually get round to drawing more, probably a shot with uniforms etc.

The background fog is one of my favourite parts of the picture. Originally the sky was much more blue, but I toned it down to a muted colour, then tried to fade the hills into the distance - the fog was a happy accident.
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
(first off it plreases me when somepony takes extra time to anilize my analius, so i thank thee mate.)

this is a good point we do not really know of the type used.

that whould be great to see.

and i must agree the fog came off well.

a extra recomendasion, to add a extra depth in grass i whould recomend useing more "greens" (a look at a real country side feild shows this.) and maybe a greater varriasion in the lenth of grasses.

much success on the rest of the work.
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otherunicorn Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Woot! My SM45 railway is going to be inhabited by ponies (when I get back to it!) I don't have a Fairlie though. I'll just have to stick to Hunslets.
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EUAN-THE-ECHIDHOG Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there

Heh, you did a good job there with this pic ^^ Fab work

Euan
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Danishinterloper656 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
This is amazing! This fairlie almost looks like a photo! :O

I do hope you keep this lot up :D This is some talent and a half.
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NetGreen123 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!!!
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MaxFirestorm Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
PONIES AND TRAINS, YAY!
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