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When Princess Twilight Sparkle seeks to modernize Equestria, one of her first targets was the Equestrian rail network. Seemingly overnight, most lines were nationalized, the out of date steam locomotives were abolished and replaced by diesels and electrics, and unwanted lines were being ripped up left and right.

In a time where sentimentality could not stand in the way of progress, two colts will take it into their hooves to save an old line and keep its hundred ton secret safe from the scrappers torch. But they will soon learn that running a preserved railway is much more difficult than simply clearing the weeds and running trains.

With time of the essence and the scrappers torch an ever looming threat, hop aboard for an express run to adventure!

This story has received a complete overhaul, promising better storytelling, better character arcs, and more accurate railway practices!

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When Princess Twilight Sparkle seeks to modernize Equestria, one of her first targets was the Equestrian rail network. Seemingly overnight, most lines were nationalized, the out of date steam locomotives were abolished and replaced by diesels and electrics, and unwanted lines were being ripped up left and right.

If this were done by an irl government move, it would not fly well, at all.

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Yeah I mean, look at Iran during the White Revolution, or China during the Great Leap Forward.

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A ban on steam traction was done by the British government for a time in 1968-1971, I’ll be honest in saying that I based the Equestria United Railways off British Railways, which was nationalized in 1948. But the sudden shift from steam to diesel, nationalization, and closures of branchlines are all deep seated in events that occurred in America (sans nationalization) and Britain in the Post-WWII era

Though I will add, while the E.U.R is based on BR, unlike the latter, the E.U.R is managed well and actually works efficiently and successfully :rainbowlaugh:

I’m enjoying this yet again. Can’t wait for more

Hmm chapters seem shorter compared to before the rewrite but I’m enjoying it once again. I do hope to see the longerish chapters again.

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One of the reasons for the rewrite was because some chapters were shorter than my liking, but I plan to try and keep a 2000 word minimum when I can for chapters, and I’m glad your enjoying it!

I need me another chapter! I like this story...

Couldn’t they pass off the the ghost train as a nightmair night illusion that they were trying out?

All so loving the story so far:twilightsmile:

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I never thought of that! I like that idea, good thinking!

And thank you!

Even a diesel engine can have a catastrophic failure Twily. Anyways great chapter I do hope you keep the same sorta premise regarding how twilight comes to approve of them keeping the steam engine like you did before the rewrite. Was quite a fun read that chapter all though I’m certain whatever you do it’ll still be quite an enjoyable and fun to read scene.

Ahhh, lucky guys. Living my boyhood dream. :eeyup:

Buck you Twilight! If you touch the train I will personally lead a revolution! :rainbowlaugh:

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Fear not! I have quite the idea on how they get twilight on their side! I do hope you will enjoy it!

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Oh don’t worry! 13 has much worse ponies to worry about than Twilight:pinkiecrazy:

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Eager to see it as if it’s a rewrite I hope it’s a more epic train chase or something for that chase was epic when I first read it, and curious who the worse ponies are over twilight this time.

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Oh there will still be a chase, but this time 13 is the prize! And let’s just say these ponies wield torches… 13 is in more danger than we think!

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Once again, eagerly awaiting it! Tell then my good author!

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Too late. I have already assembled my troops. We shall save 13! And I am totally doing it to help, and not to have a train for myself. :pinkiecrazy:

More chapters? I wanna see the chapter with them revealing the train and such

I mean, I dont want that immediately, I just wanna see if you'll post more

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Don’t worry! The reveal of 13 to everyone is coming soon! And I’m posting what I’ve written, I have two more chapters to release soon before there might be a small delay

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Cool! Anyways, uh, I have a question.

Maybe you have some pointers for a current story Im writing? I just came back after a long break and I was getting back into my story. Maybe you could help me out?

Also, can't wait for more chapters... :)

Ah, so their escape succeeded this time around. Nice. And it seems the Burke and Blair knockoffs are using the Flim Flam Brothers method of acquisition: If you want something, take it by any means necessary.

With time of the essence and the scrappers torch an ever looming threat, hop aboard for an express run to adventure!

In that case, why is there a slice of life tag, but not an adventure tag?

Reeeeee how dare they touch 13! Anyway enjoying the rework still. Now gimmie the next chapter. :P

Really am enjoying this story.

I hope that nothing bad will happen to old 13 right now or ever.

An awesome story. I hope you keep writing it.

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