Here is the back story to my RR (it will be updated and changed as things happen and are built )
Well heres mine, its kinda a work in progress and its fictional, havent decided if I want it more based on US or German Democratic Republic [Deutsche Demokratische Republik] (DDR) but I may do a bit of both, but anyways...here goes
The New Berlin Railroad company originated out of Berlin Germany, now they originally started as a really small line that operated locally and acquired track-age and one really old and run down steam train that was used and abused constantly, the engine was on its final legs and the company was about to sell it for scrap and close its doors when the new owner Jim S. came in bought the company and the only train they had and fixed up the engine and brought it up to spec with all new parts and a few major overhauls then assigned the train to be primary on the passenger service that was started with a few older ex Amtrak cars that are still in Amtraks scheme that was a prototype set up, the engine is at times used to assist other trains if and when needed through the harder sections of the rail line that most other trains have troubles getting through, at this time the company has one Baldwin-Shark that originally was intended to to be used for the passenger service however the engine was unable to run due to engine issues and was decided that after it was repaired it would be used to run logging trains as it was newer and would be able to replace multiple outdated engines that were run by other companies that shared the main line.
The NBR is located in the US in a small town in Vermont near the Canadian border so from time to time there are both Canadian trains and vehicles that are seen around the town. The company is slowly looking to aquire more track and freight cars.
New Berlin its self wanted to keep its Deutsche Demokratische Republik ties as that was there home land, the buildings of the town mostly resemble buildings that are found mostly in Deutsche land. Originally when WW2 broke out the company had 15 various types of steam locomotives however near the beginning of the war all company assets including all but one locomotive, the Deutschland were forcibly taken over, after that happened, the original owners packed up the last surviving locomotive and with the aid of the Allied forces smuggled them selves and there locomotive out of the country as they felt what the Third Reicht and Adolf Hitler were doing was mortally wrong. the NBR is currently in a long battle trying to reclaim there lost assets from the new government as they sold all known assets of the Third Reich that were built by Hitlers army, so the government is attempting to get any assets that its able to recover back into the hands of the rightful owners, one day the NBR hopes to have more of its assets returned so they can continue running in there home land and bring more over to there new home in the USA.
The US government has also stepped in to assist there recovery process by supplying them with there very own locomotive as during the war time effort the NBR gave the army sole use of its passenger train the Luxurious Deutchland which ferried people to and from the ports and army stations for war time efforts. at this time the NBR is struggling to get back to normal from the events of WW2 but is confident that it will slowly continue to succeed.
At this time NBR has one Berkshire class steamer that is in service, which is usually housed in a converted barn at this time. They are also in the process of trying to overhaul the aging ex-Amtrak cars and make them into there own train and acquire any other cars for use, they currently also have come into possession of an abandoned freight set up that was found recently in a cornfield that was wreaked and left to rust, so the yard mechanics and engineers have been working tirelessly to restore this freight set up to working condition for immediate deployment.
New Berlin just finally after years of fighting got word from the German Gov't that there Yellowstone which was originally bought from the Southern Pacific rail lines, just got released and is being returned to them immediately and is soon to be on its way shipped over! Its an exciting day, however most of there Class G12's, Class 58, Class 59, high speed steamer 61's were unfortunately lost during war time but if any happen to be recovered they will be returned immediately to them. The New Berlin RR is currently testing out the Yellowstone steamer, also called the Bismark to check for any damages or other problems that may have occurred during shipping of the engine, plans for implimentation into passenger and freight service is scheduled to start as soon as tests are completed.
and that's more or less what I have so far...this is supposed to be more or less a small time railroad company (start up) that was on the verge of death that is trying to rebuild its self into something respectable. So I hope you guys like it, but I wanted to try and show a small failing start up type railroad...
There are also rumors and talk that the NBR and another railroad may be joining forces some time soon to serve more areas and passengers.
A few years later the New Berlin rail road company was able to buy a Berlington Northern engine, #2267 along with one caboose for MOW useage, they also got lucky and located an old no longer used Chessie System switcher that was abandoned on one of the New Berlin side lines.
Well here are some pictures of various items I been collecting for my RR layout various fire vehicles, cars and trucks, the train (only one works ) and track, so far I have the following items (not shown in any particular order) and yes more will be showing up as I collect and maybe even (one day) secure a space for every thing!!
The '57 Bell Air (Ford) Fire chief
The fire house (thinking Volunteer)
The first fire engine for the city of New Berlin