Fiddletown & Copperopolis; the life and times of an uncommon carrier, by Carl Fallberg

A delightful set of cartoons from the USA. Carl Fallberg was a professional writer and cartoonist who worked in Hollywood, in particular for the great cartoon studios, Warner Bros. and Disney. In his spare time, he contributed cartoons to the magazine “Railroad” which concerned the rather “unique” narrow-gauge line in the Rockies, the Fiddletown & Copperopolis Railway.

To me, a British reader, the cartoons seem in the style of a mix of Giles and Heath Robinson, with a dash of H.N. Bateman for good measure. The F&C is depicted as a classic backwoods railway, with all the codges, bodges and inventive shoe-string technology that such a railway might consider to be normal.

Perhaps the most amazing thing to me is the fact that both Fiddeltown and Copperopolis exist, though neither was ever connected to anywhere else by rail…


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