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Started watching midway through the first season. Started writing not long before the beginning of the last.

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  • 6 weeks
    All sorts of ponies are awesome

    (Reposted from an old thread on another forum asking about one's favourite kind of pony.)

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  • 8 weeks
    Transport and travel, part 2!

    Water
    Just going to cover this part quickly, because it's rather under-served on the show.

    • Riverboats/barges - not seen much, but presumably a thing. Note that before trains, canals were the most efficient form of overland shipping - not sure if this holds up with widespread flight though.

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  • 8 weeks
    Transport and travel in Equestria

    What modes of locomotion are available play a massive role in shaping both society and everyday life. Just consider where you've gone in the past year and how, or from how far afield some of the things you bought at your local store originated.

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    Season 3 - Short Reviews and Ratings

    Well I have to admit, these haven't turned out as popular as I'd hoped - but I might as well at least post the last set I did.

    (NOTE: while the first half of these (up to Sleepless in Ponyville) were written last March, the latter half dates to last October and therefore takes into account Season 9.)

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  • 16 weeks
    Season 2 - Short Reviews and Ratings

    Well, not so much response on mi first set, but if at first you don't succeed... Once again, these date back to last March and were orignallu posted to the comments of SuperPinkBrony12's blog.

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Jun
9th
2020

Transport and travel in Equestria · 7:23pm June 9th

What modes of locomotion are available play a massive role in shaping both society and everyday life. Just consider where you've gone in the past year and how, or from how far afield some of the things you bought at your local store originated.

And of course travel is a big thing in most fiction too - I'd wager more episodes of FIM than not take our heroines outside Ponyville, and not just on foot but via a broad range of conveyances. Some of these modes of travel overlap with those we use in our own lives, while others do not - and understanding the similarites and diffrences can help us understand Equestria.

Land

  • On hoof - certainly the most obvious method for able-bodied creatures of most species, at least over short distances. Less practical if one wants to get somewhere far away quickly (although ponies will probably do better in this regard than a human) or bring more cargo than the contents of one's saddlebags or passengers larger than a foal.
  • Skates/Scooter - personal wheels allow greater speed than hooves, but fare worse on rough or slippery surfaces. Are Equestrian roads smooth enough to use them safely?
  • Wagon/Carriage - an obvious advancement, allowing the transport of passengers and cargo in larger amounts as long as the puller(s) are strong enough. Alternating shifts is also possible. I expect more ponies than not own a wagon or two, even if small and little-used, and they are rentable as well - large cities even have taxi services. Upper-end models might even be enchanted to reduce weight (thus increasing speed) and enhance comfort.
  • Automobiles - the closest we've seen to cars are soapbox racers, slow-moving parade floats and the Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 (whose adjectives do not apply to it as a vehicle). I suspect enchanted clockwork is the main motive force, with demand for such vehicles not being high enough to spur innovations in fossil fuels.
  • Locomotives - the current pre-eminent form of long-distance travel in Equestria for passengers and presumably freight. A relatively young but growing technology that has revolutionised the country, for the first time allowing casual day-tripping for even the middle classes and making modern ponies more likely to travel to distant places than ever before. The leading operating company is the "Friendship Express", easily recongnised by it's rather unique design (perhaps it was drawn up by the company president's young children?)

Sea and air travel to come!

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I did a full blog post on Guild of Equestrian Railroaders about the marvel that is the Friendship Express.

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