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  1. AHC: Make Scranton, Pennsylvania's presidential street grid accurate

    When the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania was first being laid out in the 1850s and 1860s, the decision was made to name the north-south avenues after the US presidents, in order, starting with Washington Avenue and going eastward up the hill on the city's east side. So the avenues, as one...
  2. Sopranos WI: Christopher flips

    Christopher Moltisanti, after being told by Adriana that she's been passing information to the FBI and that they want him to "flip" on the family and go into witness protection, goes out for some smokes and to "clear his head." He doesn't stop at the gas station, see the defeated-looking guy...
  3. The Three Amigos (Collaborative TL Between Joe Bonkers, TheMann, and isayyo2)

    First of all…yes, the idea for the title came from that 1980s movie with Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. Everything comes from somewhere. To give everyone a sense of what we have in mind with this timeline: I’m a fan of timelines where the world we live in today and tomorrow is a...
  4. A micro AH for Penn State grads and Nittany Lion boosters

    WE ARE PENN STATE! Now that I got that out of the way.... If you know the campus, you know that Beaver Stadium and the accompanying parking areas, suitable for tailgating, are located at the east end of the campus, east of Shields Building, the East Halls dorms, and so forth. But I found out...
  5. A stronger Poland: what would be the effects on Hungary and the Balkans?

    I'm not at all well versed in the High Middle Ages/Renaissance period, so I thought I'd pose this notion more as a question for the better versed. I'm reading a history book currently that briefly discusses Tenth Century Eastern Europe, and the author asserted (and it makes sense) that at that...
  6. Paul McCartney not busted - could it have saved John Lennon?

    Here's a thought that hasn't occurred to me in the past, for you Beatle fans: In January 1980, Paul McCartney was notoriously arrested entering Japan with marijuana at the start of what was supposed to be a Wings tour. After spending about a week in jail, he was ultimately released and went...
  7. What if you didn't fly over "flyover country"?

    In all the discussions railroad geeks like me have had about a stronger surviving US railroad passenger system/few-to-no airlines and Interstate highways, I don't know that I've seen this question ever come up: Suppose that just like the 1940s, most people, even celebrities and relatively...
  8. Every railfan has his own version of Esch-Cummins/Ripley/ICC final plan of 1929

    Here's mine: 1. New England Railway: -Boston & Maine -New York, New Haven & Hartford -Maine Central -Bangor & Aroostook -Delaware & Hudson -All 2-foot-gauge lines in Maine combined as a single wholly-owned subsidiary 2, New York Central -Existing NYC -New York, Ontario & Western -Rutland...
  9. Live Aid: changes to lineup

    It's the 35th anniversary of Live Aid. An unforgettable moment for those of us who were in our salad days around 1985, regardless of what you think of the whole charity thing. As great as it was, though, like anything else it wasn't perfect. So here's some tweaks. I admit without apology that...
  10. Two Western US railroad mergers: Do we like these or not?

    Just thinking outside the usual merger channels; these ideas came to me while pondering the original 1949 California Zephyr. Idea No. 1: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy plus Denver & Rio Grande Western plus Western Pacific, with the proviso that the Great Northern and Northern Pacific (who...
  11. Discussion thread for Walk Away Dreaming, alt history novel about the Beatles

    Hi everyone, This thread is for discussion and questions regarding my novel, Walk Away Dreaming, which I have just released on Amazon. The scenario primarily involves the Beatles remaining together (though the POD is in the 1940s) and the ramifications of that. I'm happy to answer any...
  12. Edwards Deming in the government

    What are the chances that W. Edwards Deming, the quality-control guru who many credit for much of Japan's extraordinary industrial success after WWII, could have been appointed by Truman (or by Dewey in a Dewey-Defeats-Truman scenario) to an influential position, possibly Secretary of Commerce...
  13. Railroad mergers 1948

    Just reading issues of TRAINS magazine from the first few months of 1948 on the complete TRAINS DVD set, and I noted that these mergers were either being attempted or touted around that time: New York Central plus Chesapeake & Ohio (this is the biggie, a la Robert Young) Lackawanna plus Nickel...
  14. New York's "squares" are actual squares

    In New York, Madison Square, Herald Square, and Times Square are not true squares but simply the point at which Broadway crosses an avenue (Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh, respectively). What if some early Baron Haussmann had come up with a formalized design for New York City that turned the...
  15. Hitler permanently blinded

    Supposedly when Hitler, who was in a military hospital temporarily blinded after a gas attack, heard the news of the Armistice, he was so shocked the blindness relapsed. We basically have just Hitler's word for this, so who knows; but let's take it at face value, and extend it further to imagine...
  16. "The Archies" as a movie - casting suggestions

    Remember Archie and the whole gang from Riverdale? Remember how they became a bubblegum-rock band in the late Sixties? Well, maybe you don't actually remember, but anyway: Suppose Hollywood had made an Archies movie at some point (year of your own choice) between 1969 and, let's say, 1994...
  17. Partition of Africa

    Hopefully this idea isn't either ASB or done to death, but... What if the European powers, prior to the "scramble for Africa," had decided to partition the continent into colonial regions for each participant, such that colonies belonging to Britain or France were not scattered around Africa...
  18. Live Aid at different five-year intervals: who would appear and when?

    My wife and I have been doing our annual ritual of pulling out our Live Aid DVD around the anniversary of the concert (July 13, 1985) and lamenting our lost youth (not to mention the stylistic decline in nearly all areas since then, or "GOD how I miss the Eighties!" But I digress.) What...
  19. AH Challenge: Make "Pencil Neck Geek" a number one hit

    Professional wrestler "Classy" Freddie Blassie released this in 1977: Your challenge is to make it hit Number One on the Billboard charts. Bonus points if it stays there at least three weeks. Double bonus points if it hits number one worldwide. Triple bonus points if it is the bestselling...
  20. A little bitty AH railroad challenge

    With a POD no earlier than 1940, make the Pennsylvania Railroad - the "Standard Railroad of the World," but with possibly the least inspired diesel paint schemes in U.S. railroad history - instead adopt the paint scheme of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western/Erie Lackawanna (gray, maroon and...
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