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Current situation - Kingdom of Cleveland (1983: Doomsday)

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In 2001 five working but mothballed coal-powered steam trains are discovered in a North Yorkshire Moors Railway shed outside Grosmont. After extensive repairs the trains start running services in early 2005.

Trains discovered are:

  • Sir Nigel Gresley - an A4 class locomotive
  • Dame Vera Lynn - an Austerity class locomotive
  • The Hartland - West Country class locomotive
  • Richard Maunsell - a S15 class locomotive.
  • George Stephenson - a Stainer Black Class locomotive.

New Railway links

In 2007 the government of Cleveland announces the re-opening of the blast furnace at Redcar, its first order is several hundred miles of Rail lines for the expansion of Cleveland Railway system as well as rail lines for exportation to Northumbria and other states in the former British Isles.

In July 2009 a new line opened between the towns of Thirsk and Harrogate (2nd July), and Harrogate and Skipton via Ilkey (27th July) opening up the town in Rheghed and the Duchy of Lancaster. These new lines bypass the nuked cities of York and Bradford.

In May 2010 a new line opens between Whitby and Scarborough

In early November 2010 the new line to Glasgow from Berwick-upon-Tweed opened linking Cleveland, Northumbria and the Celtic Alliance for the first time by rail. The first journey took place on the 13th November and a full regular service started in December 2010.

In mid 2011 the governments of Cleveland and the Celtic Alliance jointly announced that the Route two railway service will be extended from Edinburgh Southern Scotland over the newly renovated Forth Bridge into Celtic Alliance controlled northern Scotland, then running up the east coast to the town of Dunfermaline (by October 2011), Perth (by December 2011), Dundee (by March 2012), Aberdeen (by May 2012), Peterhead (by June 2012), Fraserburgh (by July 2012), across the northern coast to Macduff (by July 2012), Elgin (by August 2012) and Inverness with completion due in September 2012. in will be known as Route Seven in Cleveland.

There are also plans to extend the Route Two line from Glasgow to Fort William and on to Mallaig on the west coast by August 2012.

Train services

  • Route one - Twice daily, Saltburn to Middlesbrough, Thornaby, Darlington and Kirby Stephen.
  • Route two - Twice weekly (Monday and Thursday), Middlesbrough to Hartlepool, Alnwick Northumbria, Edinburgh Southern Scotland, currently ending in Glasgow Celtic Alliance. By end of 2012 will run to Fort William and Mallaig.
  • Route three - Daily, Middlesbrough to Ripon, Harrogate ending in Blackpool, Duchy of Lancaster.
  • Route four - Four times a week (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday), Middlesbrough to Harrogate, then to Skipton, Settle, Ingleton, Kendal ending at Lake Windermere, Westmorland and Furness Territory.
  • Route five - Twice weekly (Tuesday and Wednesday), Middlesbrough to Thirsk, Pickering, Malton, Filey and Scarborough.
  • Route six - Runs from Middlesbrough to Thirsk, Malton, Driffield, Beverley, Hessle across the Humber Bridge into Newolland Grimsby, Louth, Skegness, Boston and Spalding, ending in the Newolland capital Bourne.
  • Route Seven - Twice weekly (On completion by September 2012 will run on Tuesday and Friday) Middlesbrough to Alnwick Northumbria, Edinburgh Southern Scotland into the Celtic Alliance across the Firth Bridge to Dunfermaline (by October 2011), Perth (by December 2011), Dundee (by March 2012), Aberdeen (by May 2012), Peterhead (by June 2012), Fraserburgh (by July 2012), across the northern coast to Macduff (by July 2012), Elgin (by August 2012) and Inverness with completion due in September 2012.
  • Route Eight - Twice weekly runs from Middlesbrough to Liverpool, via Thirsk, Harrogate, Skipton, Burnley, Blackburn, Chorley, St Helens and Wigan. Completed November 2011.


In 2006 work begins on building the first new coal powered locomotives, they will be based on a peppercorn A1 class locomotive from the former London and North East Railways (LNER) from the late 1940's. The locomotive will be built in Darlington. They will be numbered from 60162 which was the last A1 class produced.

As of 2010 there are six peppercorn A1 class locomotives currently in service with the Cleveland Railways these are:

  • 60163 - Tornado - Certified February 2008.
  • 60164 - Queen Anne II - Certified May 2008. Involved in derailment March 29th 2010, Five fatalities, repairs completed by June 2010, returned to service 17th July 2010.
  • 60165 - The Kingdom of Cleveland - Certified August 2009.
  • 60166 - The River Tees - Certified March 2010.
  • 60167 - Whitby Priory - Certified June 2010.
  • 60168 - Guisborough Priory- Certified September 2010.
  • 60169 - St Hilda's Priory Certified in January 2011

Four locomotives has been certified for service with Northumbrian Railways

  • 60170 - Kingdom of Northumbria - Certified January 2011
  • 60171 - King George - Completed February 2011, Certified June 2011.
  • 60172 - Lindisfarne Abbey - Completed July 2011, Certified September 2011.
  • 60173 - Bamburgh Castle - Completed September 2011. Certified December 2011.

New steam turbine locomotives

Upon completion of the final A1 class locomotive the works will start construction on the newly designed B1 class locomotive using steam turbine technology from New Britain and the South American Federation, in particular Argentina.

Externally it will be based on the BR standard 8 class locomotive and have a 4-6-2 wheel arrangement.

There will be two locomotives built as test locomotives, these will be:

  • 001 - Duke of York - Completed April 2012, currently undergoing certification tests. Tests will be undertaken till September 2012, then, if safe, brought into full service.
  • 002 - Earl of Durham - Due to be completed June 2012,

Both will be brought into full service by the end of 2012.

The full run of construction will begin in August 2012 and six more B1's will be built, with two going to Northumbria.

  • 003 - Northumbrian locomotive, Provisionally named Queen Isobel
  • 004 - Cleveland locomotive, Provisionally named Sir Brian Clough
  • 005 - Northumbrian locomotive, Provisionally named Alnwick Castle
  • 006 - Cleveland Locomotive, Provisionally named Earl of Ripon
  • 007 - Cleveland locomotive, Provisionally named Earl of Stockton
  • 008 - Cleveland Locomotive, Provisionally named Countess of Richmond

Northumbrian Locomotive Works

In late 2010 engineers from the Kingdom of Cleveland travelled north to Northumbria to set up another locomotive building works in Bilton near Alnwick, the building was completed in early October 2010, machinery fully installed by December 2010 and was ready for the arrival of Northumbria's first new locomotive (Kingdom of Northumbria) in January 2011.

The new Loco works at Bilton, Northumbria will begin the manufacture of a modified version of the M7 class tank engine from 1911 in early 2011. These tank engines will carry the names of local rivers. The first three produced will go the Cleveland in thanks for setting the works up. The tank engines will be used primarily used for transporting coal from the mines in Durham to power stations across the country.

The three new Cleveish Tank engines will be called:

  • 125 - Derwent - Completed August 2011
  • 126 - Ouse - Completed September 2011
  • 127 - Humber - Completed October 2011

They started construction in mid 2011.

After these Cleveland Tank engines are completed then work will begin of four more for Northumbria.

  • 128 - Tweed - Completed November 2011
  • 129 - Tyne - Completed December 2011
  • 130 - Wansbeck - Completed January 2012
  • 131 - Coquet - Completed February 2012.

Northumbria has also taken orders for six Tank engines from the government of Newolland for use in their newly reopened coal mines in Northern Nottinghamshire.

  • 129 - The Great Ouse - Completed March 2012, undergoing certification trials.
  • 130 - River Ancholme - Under construction, due for completion June 2012
  • 131 - River Gwash - Under Construction, due for completion July 2012
  • 132 - River Trent - Under Construction, due for completion August 2012
  • 133 - River Welland
  • 134 - River Slea

General transport


horse drawn car

Horse car2

horse pulled car

The majority of the general public use horses or oxen pulling stripped down cars and vans as well as newer wooden carts that have started to be made throughout the country.

Emergency, army, navy and agricultural vehicles are run on oil from the oil seed rape plant, commonly called biodiesel, production of biodiesel is due to be increased so that more people can use is particularly for lorries to transport materials to area that do not have railway access. It is hoped that with the production of petrol and diesel from the new offshore rigs in 2015 the number of lorries on the road will increase.

Public Transport

There are several forms of public transport in Cleveland the main ones are electric tramways, built with technical help from the Duchy of Lancaster and horse drawn omnibuses.

Electric tramways operate in several towns across Cleveland, the largest being in the Middlesbrough/Stockton conurbation. These tramways are restricted to town centres and some suburbs.

Horse drawn Omnibuses are based on the late Victorian designs and are used primarily between towns and villages running on old diesel powered bus routes from pre-DD.

Along many pre-DD roadways new Green Lanes have been constructed, usually one on outside of each carriageway. These are used for people riding horses so that they have a better grip than on the normal road surface and also for droving animals between fields and farms, markets and slaughterhouses.

Natural Disasters

20th - 21st November 2009 - reports begin to be heard of a massive flood event in western Cumbria, using short and long wave radio the military of Cleveland declare they are sending 200 men to help with rescue, recovery and rebuilding of the area.

26th November 2009 - Cleveland military reach western Cumbria discovering many roads destroyed and towns severely damaged, worse hit are the market towns of Cockermouth and the fishing port of Workington. many bridges have been washed away, locals say its the worse flooding in their history, Prime minster Mallon declares that Cleveland with begin rebuilding the bridges in the new year using steel from the Redcar steel works and designs from Cleveland Bridge PLC.

2009-10 winter snowstorms

Between December 2009 and Jan 2010 a massive snow storm hits the entire east coast of Cleveland and Northumbria. Snow begins to fall on the 19th December 2009 and continued until January 27th 2010, in many areas up to five feet of snow fell and the snow stayed on the ground for nearly a month, the temperature in the town centre's fell to -16 Celsius in the countryside it fell to -27 Celsius.

Meteorologists believe that this is the worst snowfall in thirty years, many of the general public believe it is the worst snowfall since the winter of 1947. Death toll so far is recorded at 117 however many peoples bodies may not be found until the snow melts.

The final death toll was 122.

March 2010 flooding

In late March 2010 unexpected heavy snowfall on the hills and heavy rain in the lowlands cause severe flooding along the River Tees, three people die when Leven bridge in Yarm collapses with 25 people on it while viewing the flooding.

Five royal engineers die when the train they are traveling in hits a landslide on the east coast mainline they are repairing just north of Berwick.

11th to 12th November 2010

A major storm blows across the Kingdom overnight causing significant structural damage to building across the Kingdom, several people are killed in Middlesbrough as chimneys collapse onto houses and many major roads and rail lines are blocked by fallen trees.

2010-2011 winter snowstorms

On 24th November 2010 snow begins to fall across the entire country, unusually the wind turns and comes from the east for over a week bringing snows and below freezing temperatures across the county. By 5th December the Capital Middlesbrough had been buried under over four feet of snow and daytime temperatures had dropped to -10 degrees Celsius. in the Cleveland hills and Pennines the snow built up to over ten feet with drifts of over twenty five feet. Temperature records across the area were broken unofficial temperatures from the high Pennines were recorded at -29.3 degrees Celsius. The snow did not start to melt until mid January 2011.

Death tolls are currently being assessed but it is known that over 100 people have died so far and as with the 2009-10 winter storms the death toll was not known until the spring thaw, the final death toll was 156 people.

Anglian Pirates

In early Feb 2010 three fishing vessels from the port of Staithes vanish over four days, the weather was fine and the wind low so suspicions begin almost immediately. On the 17th Feb 2010 the 'Lady B' limps back to port in Scarborough of the four crew members only one survives and tell a story of being attacked by a small group of fighting vessels flying a strange flag, these boats surrounded the 'Lady B' and it's sister ship the 'Johnny B' the crew of the 'Lady B' fought off the boats using an old rifle and poles but the 'Johnny B' was captured with all hands.

Head of the Royal Cleveland Navy (RCN) Sir James Martin announces that two of the intruders boats were captured on the 22nd Feb 2010, they are Anglian pirate traveling north along the coast. The RCN are sending five armed patrol boats south to find the base of operations for the pirates and to search for any survivors from the attacks in early Feb.

After traveling along the former Lincolnshire coastline the RCN discovered the base of the Anglian pirates at Burnham Deepdale. After landing to the east of the village 35 marines assaulted the harbor and released captured boats and crews, after returning the sea and giving the captured boats a two hour head start Sir James Martin and 20 other men return to shore to negotiate with the pirates to stop the attacks.

After four hours of talks an agreement is reached with the village council for a trade route to be set up from the Kingdom of Cleveland and Burnham Deepdale, 10 wind farm generators will be sent to the town to generate electricity, also contact will be set up between the Celtic Alliance and Burnham Deepdale.

While this far south RCN commander Sir James Martin makes contact with any other survivor communities, he contacts Woodbridge and East Britain and Essex. He leaves radio's with all three and heading back home.

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