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Chunnel?

Is it? Benkarnell 20:50, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

I hope so. I am (somewhat desultorily) working on a story where one of the main characters takes a train from Paris to London via a tunnel. Unfortunately, I don't know what the storyline actually is, or where the guy is really heading. Perhaps I should post what I've got thus far here and everyone else can help take the story where it will... Elemtilas 21:56, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Part of me wants to say that it doesn't exist there because of the fractious nature of France, and the fact that it's such a sink-hole of Euros and Pounds *here* makes me wonder if it would still be open *there*.
However, I'm okay to accept a Fiat or Ukaz, or whatever. BoArthur 23:13, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Here's a wild idea: since IB has impractical oddities like a Nicaragua canal and an International Date Line that cuts off portions of mainland North America, what about a tunnel in a different spot? Going through Armorica, connecting to Ireland via the Isle of Man, somthing of that nature. Given the technical sorts of discussions recently going on at Conculture, however, I can understand if this is too crazy to be realistic. Benkarnell 01:36, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
OK. No chunnel, then? I guess it can be a matter of IB fiction! That's OK -- the story's set in a fictional IB, so the existence of a chunnel doesn't need to rely on a real IB chunnel. If that makes any sense? Elemtilas 02:15, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
I like the Idea of an "odd tunnel"; but remember, Armorica is much nearer France than England and the Chunnel is at the narrowest point. I had been presuming a "Eurostar" that wasn't called that, but was an extension of the TGV. The L&NWR/FKB/EI might have a Môn-Dun Laoghaire Tunnel, which has been discussed here; then we could have Euston to Heuston (?!) Another possibility is Harwich to Hoek van Holland to connect BS to the GER. --Quentin 07:55, 22 August 2008 (UTC)


Again, that's just kind of been my feel on the issue. Maybe that's what the FK and France blew their money on during the 1960's? Instead of Concorde, that is. I don't really have an objection to the Chunnel, and I think it would be interesting to have a TGV connection from Dubhlinn and Edinburg to the rest of Europe. I just hadn't thought that would be a going concern so much--you know, the laid-back attitude of IB. BoArthur 15:06, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

"I hope so. I am (somewhat desultorily) working on a story where one of the main characters takes a train from Paris to London via a tunnel. Unfortunately, I don't know what the storyline actually is, or where the guy is really heading. Perhaps I should post what I've got thus far here and everyone else can help take the story where it will... "

Did you finish it? And was it about IB? Misterxeight 01:41, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

No, actually I just have the initial scene set. I was thinking that, if there's some interest among folks hereabouts, it would make for an interesting group project. Kind of like how we do conlang relays, people could take turns telling the story of what happens next. It doesn't have to be Pulitzer Prize winning prose, just a fun sideline.
And, yes, it's about IB. Or rather, an alt-history IB. The point of departure seems to be somewhere during early GWII where everything goes awry.
If there's any interest in this kind of thing, I'll make an article containing what there is of the story and we can see where it takes us! Elemtilas 03:46, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
As in Germany/Italy/Japan winning GWII? Or Germany/China/Ethiopia/Hungary winning? Misterxeight 13:57, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
Germany/France at least. I don't know who else won. Elemtilas 23:13, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
This sounds cool. What are you going to call it? Misterxeight 00:21, 31 August 2008 (UTC)
The working title is "Seat Twenty-Seven". Take a look. I'll be interested to see if anyone cares to help us find out a little more about this aspect of IB! Elemtilas 05:16, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

Beeching Axe

Did it happen *there*? If it did, was it less severe? Juan Martin Velez Linares 9:04 21/9/2016 (EDT)

That, my friend is an excellent question. I don't know that Padraic or any of the rest have ever considered it. I'd say to bring it up on the Yahoo group, and see what shakes out! BoArthur 07:54, 22 September 2016 (PDT)
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