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    Default Locos with fun stories !

    This is a request for help.

    My daughter (six years old) wanted a train book for her birthday. She wanted a book of interesting locos, could I find one ? Anything with facts in it was soooo booooring. The best book I could find for her was a complete flop What to do ? Well, since my accident, my left hand has been good for nothing. This has meant no modeling. But, my right hand can still write draw and paint. So, I have decided to write and illustrate a book of my own, full of funky whacky steam locos and their stories. This is where you lot come in ! I am struggling to find enough locos with short stories that would interest a six year old who is not 'quite' as crazy about trains as we are, but enjoys them nonetheless. If any of you have any suggestions, please pm me or spill them out here.

    The kind of things I have already are are stories of passengers having to get out and walk because of underpowered locos or the LMS Coronation bouncing over the points too fast on its speed run. It broke all the crockery in the dining car as well as the speed record ! Really anything that a child might find amusing is what I'm looking for. Light hearted accidents/mishaps are ok, but no fatalities or serious stuff for this little book.

    I have come to nsn for help because this book will help our hobby's future. Keep the young ones interested It will be sold at cost. This is for 'N' not for profit.

    The illustrations will be in colour. Here are the locos I have drawn so far. A few too many Brits, so help me redress the balance. I need a total of fourteen !!
    IMG_1903 (2).jpg IMG_1983 (2).jpg

    No big cash prizes for naming them all but you might get a thumbs up 'if you're lucky'

    Finding and writing the stories is way harder than drawing the pictures !
    So, don't be shy. Help help help
    Thanks, Tom

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    This was in a recent video post:



    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
    Thanks for that. They had a crew of seven !!! but how to make that sound interesting to a kid ? The story is the hard part
    Thanks, Tom

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    There's a few Alco RSD-1's sitting at the bottom of the ocean if that counts.


    And the Hawaiian railway in general, railroads on islands and all.

    And while im on that track, the Cuban GMD-1's that had only one of their trucks replaced to fix a weight distribution issue.

    Trench railways of WWI

    The Hanford nuclear site railroad, including the railcars that are currently entombed in concrete

    The Panama Canal locomotives
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    Perhaps the following might be useful: Locomotives that climb hills (Rack railways), 'Wee Georgie Wood' in Tasmania; a 'Very Important Engine' which kept an entire town in food and supplies, Funiculars, Loco's that try to run of the ends of wharves (for a swim?) and loose their front bogies into the tide, while the rest are stuck on the wharf, Loco's that got 'buried' within mine workings (when the mines closed) then re-emerge into a 'different' world years later... Timber and mining tramways and THEIR many and varied shapes and adventures.
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    @tomcook

    This is a great idea and your drawings are superb! I hope you get plenty of stories for your book, more than the 14 you are seeking
    Cheers Tony

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    Nice idea!
    You might be able to "whitewash" the story of the The General and the "great locomotive chase" and make it exciting....

    Or, you could tell a story of how the "Oregon Pony" and (another link) helped carry pioneers on the Oregon Trail around the cascades of the Columbia River.

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    @tomcook

    Probably not absolutely ideal but why not create your own story as well?
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    A story about how the Martians want to commandeer a train and take it back to mars? But the opposite happens where the martians think they have him but just like the Little Engine That Could (I Think I Can, I Think I Can)

    he uses all his force & might and wears down the martians so they give up. And everybody calls the Little Engine a Hero for saving the earth?

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    What about CSX 8888? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSX_8888_incident It was interesting enough to inspire a movie.

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    Many locomotives were involved, not just one, but the Coyote Special is a fun story:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Special
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    Don't forget to include a Moose and a Wombat in your stories!

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    Kingmeow

    Shouldn't that be 'Meeses', since there are two sorts; one large and bovine, the other small, grey and Scottish...
    (And if the Meeses ARE to make an appearance, then perhaps Mr Jinks should also be there...?)

    (Just saying)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Don't forget to include a Moose and a Wombat in your stories!
    And a Koala Bear!
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    Ah! A "creatures" trains!

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    Hmm, Train Stories with Creature Comforts

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    Hope all of this is helpful Tom
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    On the critter train theme - how about a circus train? I don't have a specific loco or story for that, but it was a common thing back in the early 20th century. The circus owned the cars, and had a railroad company pull them with one of their locos. The Ringling Brothers' circus still had two trains up until just a few years ago. They had the cars I mean, they were pulled by the common carriers.

    The only other one I've been able to think of is disqualified for involving fatalities. A train hit a rock slide in the Deschutes River canyon in Oregon, derailed, and the locomotive and at least one boxcar went in the river. They fished out the locomotive (a FA1 or FA2 I think...). I'm not sure about the boxcar, but the place is still known as boxcar rapids. All that might be workable for this purpose, but unfortunately the train crew was killed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxcar_Rapids
    https://web.archive.org/web/20120224...ad/boxcar.html

    Wonderful idea, and count me in for one.

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    Wow, thank you all. You guys have been great. All good suggestions even if not all usable.

    This is turning out to be a harder project than anticipated. Give me a loco build anyday

    How to make real events into fun stories is the challenge. I ran a few past a friend who has no interest in railways just to see her reaction. Not good The problem is that I am trying to keep the stories factual as my daughter wants to know about REAL engines and things that 'actually' happened, but in an entertaining way. This being an author business is no mean push over !!!

    An example: The Oregon pony as NDavesuggested. It's a great looking 'fun' loco but that on its own was not enough. As I read on through the link it started telling of an indian chef who used to come and ride on the footplate. Great, I can stretch the truth a little and draw him in full ceremonial costume, ad a few details and I'm in business. I loved the story about the runaway train from dwwojcik But, it's a diesel All the suggestions for fiction are great but I have already written her five fiction books and this time round she want's a fun facts book.

    I'm hard to please, so again, a big thank you to you all for offering so much.
    Thanks, Tom

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