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 Posted: Sun Feb 15th, 2009 08:50 pm
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As I love fictional model railways that have an own background story, I thought long time about the chronicles of my island of Toeffelholm and its light railway.

I decided to start somewhere in between and to spin some stories around things and persons on my island, just as it comes to mind.

Perhaps you enjoy to be told some of the Toeffelholms sailor's yarn?


THE RUNE STONE OF TOEFFELHOLM

At the time when the light railway company of Toeffelholm was working on an expansion of the quay, the workers found a huge stone with some strange signs carved into it. As the stone impeded the workings, the workers asked Toppe Toenning, the foreman of the railway company, what to do with this boulder.

Toppe has never been interested in the history of his island, or in history at all. Indeed, cleverness wasn't one of his outstanding qualities.  
So he said: "What you shall do with it? Take some dynamite and blow it away! And then see to it, that the workings go on!"




Just to this time Therese Von Toeffel, the wife of the Count Von Toeffel visited the construction site. She was a very cultured woman and realized what the workers have found. A rune stone from ancient times, when the Vikings lived on Toeffelholm.
When she saw what Toppe and the other numskulls were going to do with this artefact, she got very angry. And by God, Toppe knew, that it was no good to make her angry. The Count couldn't refuse her any wish and Toppes position was already not very stable, because of some other little faults in the past.

Therese assigned him the personal responsibility, to recover the stone undamaged and to transport it to the railway station Toeffelholm Harbour. The viewpoint next to the station building appeared to her to be the right place for this artefact. There it could be seen by everyone visiting the island.
As usual Eggert Engkopp, Toppes best mate and odd-job man had to do the most work, while Toppe told him what to do.




A few weeks later Therese Invited professor Alfons Alfredsson from Sweden, who was a very famous specialist in runic writing. He was very excited about the new found and immediately after his arrival he had to take a first look on the stone.




But, after weeks of working Prof. Alfredsson was really frustrated. He couldn't find out the meaning of this strange sequence of runes. Non of his interpretations led to a meaningful translation. His only explanation was, that the author of this signs was totally drunken when he wrote it! That would also explain, that the runes were carved very inaccurate.

Therese didn't want to believe that.  She was sure to find out the meaning by herself, one day. And until then, she found, it would be quite useful for the tourism of the island when there was a rune stone with a mythical secret.

Juergen

Last edited on Mon Feb 15th, 2010 04:54 pm by Toeffelholm



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Absolutely fantastic! I love it, made me smile, let's have more!

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Hrm... what could it say :Hmm:

This is cool!

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And the plot thickens.



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SUSPENSE!

The final FreeRails frontier!!


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Thanks guys,

and please, if you see some, or some more, bugs in my English please send me a message and let me know. I just had fun to try this story in English.

Juergen

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Juergen-I LOVE IT! The finding of the stone is great theater, and model railroading is just that-theater. Please send us some more.    Woodie



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After I have started to tell you something about the Island of Toeffelholm where my 750mm light railway is situated (placed in the 1920's)

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2037&forum_id=17

I would like to introduce to you a very intersting woman, who is a regularly vsitor on the Island.


Aunt Smila
 
Smila Johansson used to visit her niece and nephew on Toeffelholm from time to time.  Delightful excursions, exploring the island by train, having a picnic at the beach. Aunt Smila knew how she could enjoy the children.



Her sister Jette was alone since her husband had abandoned her, and life wasn't easy in these times for a woman alone with two children.
 
Smila had some capital from her departed man -  well, perhaps a little more than some - and sometimes she slipped her sister some money, although Jette always argued.
 
But it was not always like that. As long as Smilas husband Jasper had been alive, he didn't allow her to visit her sister and the kids. "Traveling is far to expensive!" he told her. And when Aunt Smila asked if they couldn't send the children something for birthday or Christmas, he said angrily, that they should work, if they need something.  "Your sister should give those brats to the orphanage, if she can't provide for them. "
 
Indeed, Jasper wasn't a kindhearted man. "Scrooge" Johansson the people called him, and there were not may people who liked him. No, actually there was no one.
 
Jasper always said, that he hoped he won't die before his wife did, so that she couldn't waste all his money. But well, wishes will not always be fulfilled and so Jaspers heart decided that he should go first. bad tongues said, that Smila had helped a little with this, but that were only silly rumors, which could never be verified.
 
Smila had much more time now for her Garden. When she was a young girl, Her mother taught her many things about natural medicine.  So she knew the medicinal properties of many plants, those that were helpful as well as those that were dangerous and those that were both, depending on the dosage. In her Garden there were many of such plants but most she loved her wonderful Foxglove flowerbeds.


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Ahhhh...a little backstory.

How delightfully wicked!!!   ;)



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I agree, if more modelers thought up the "rest of the story" for their mini scenes, the world might be a happier place. Your world is a cool, serene, might I say...bucolic place. My studies about the real Mogollon, New Mexico show that I don't have the imagination to make up anything better than what happened in real life! With a population of maybe 650, more than 20 mines, 2 churches, and 17 saloons, I don't think there was a shortage of "stories". Here is one-the movie "My name is Nobody" with Henry Fonda was filmed in Mogollon and the locals were outraged when the Italian film crews drove their sports cars down the main "street" at high speeds kicking up dust since the streets were dirt. I can't make this stuff up.  Woodie



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