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Cape to Singapore by QuantumBranching Cape to Singapore by QuantumBranching
From one of those "British Federal Empire" dealie timelines, an extension of the Cape-to-Cairo railway, completed circa 1950 in this world.

Not much of a background sketched in for this world: the Empire started on the path to federation in the late 19th century, there was a First World War similar to ours, but no Second (there was a smaller european brushup involving Italy and Germany, and a bigger one involving an agressive post-Trotsky Soviet Union and Japan [not a Soviet ally, just an opportunistic colony-grabber]. That one was ended by the British atomic bomb).

The major powers in 1980 are the Empire, the US, and a China which has pursued a more capitalistic but only slightly more democratic path to modernization.
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
This must rival if not surpass the pan american road.
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RandomWriterGuy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Canthere be a scenario where Britain controls the whole Indian Ocean Rim?
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oldgringo2001 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
A railroad on this scale is quite unlikely given the same progression of technological progress. You would really have to remove the competition from automobiles, trucks, and airplanes. As long as you have control of the seas, it's always cheaper to ship bulk cargo by sea. Maybe you could do it by retarding the invention of the pneumatic rubber tire, which would make road travel much more uncomfortable and vehicles wear out faster, and make it more difficult for aircraft to take off and land. Still, it would really be a vanity project. I don't think it could ever pay its own way.

Still, vanity projects get built, even if Cecil Rhodes never did get his all-Red Capetown-to-Cairo line, and the Kaiser never completed his Berlin-to-Baghdad railway.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Well, it was meant to be a wee bit steam-punkish: and perhaps the Empire is deliberately anti-car (use up all that valuable oil and poision the atmosphere in the bargain? How un-cricket.)
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oldgringo2001 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Make the US still in the British Empire and this would fit in Harry Harrison's "A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!" ([link])
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
No doubt. Nuclear powered trains, most likely...
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to admit that this is one of the maps I find rather useful. I keep coming back to this to get inspiration from those Indian Dominions =)
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GiddyAutomaton Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Ah, if only. I'd wager that the world would be a measure better with such a railroad.
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