History Main / RailroadBaron

28th Jul '16 2:02:24 PM DaibhidC
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* The Fat Controller in TheRailwaySeries (Sir Topham Hatt in ''ThomasTheTankEngine'') fits the stereotypical appearance as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a stout man in a top-hat]] but, while stern and businesslike, is also sympathetic to his engines and certainly not evil.

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* The Fat Controller in TheRailwaySeries (Sir Topham Hatt in ''ThomasTheTankEngine'') fits the stereotypical appearance as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a stout man in a top-hat]] but, while stern and businesslike, is also sympathetic to his engines and certainly not evil. In addition, Sodor's railways are probably nationalised (in the two books written before the nationalisation of UK railways, he was the Fat Director), so he doesn't have the financial motives of most rail barons.
21st Jul '16 2:22:22 AM Rassilon001
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* In the [[Manga/OutlawStar Outlaw Star]] fanfic ''[[FanFic/AFistfulOfDragonite A Fistful of Dragonite]]'' Fred Luo is cast as a kindly one, the target of assassins who, once rescued, is quite happy to share some of his wealth with the protagonists.
24th Jun '16 6:51:14 PM marcoasalazarm
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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanatosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.

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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanatosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact (they owned the houses, [[LoopholeAbuse the baron only owned the land]]) and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.
24th Jun '16 6:46:41 PM marcoasalazarm
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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanathosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.

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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanathosGambit [[XanatosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.
24th Jun '16 6:45:28 PM marcoasalazarm
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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanathosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.
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2nd Jun '16 3:44:46 AM jormis29
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* Cheryl/Carol in ''Series/{{Archer}}'' is an heiress of the Tunt family, an expy of the Vanderbilts (see below) in owning a large railway system, a mansion and opulent hotel in [[BigApplesauce Midtown Manhattan]], and "several Cornelii".

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* Cheryl/Carol in ''Series/{{Archer}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' is an heiress of the Tunt family, an expy of the Vanderbilts (see below) in owning a large railway system, a mansion and opulent hotel in [[BigApplesauce Midtown Manhattan]], and "several Cornelii".
29th Feb '16 6:10:14 AM StFan
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* While not literally a railroad baron, in the Discworld novel ''GoingPostal'', Reacher Gilt is definitely a clacks baron (clacks is like a telegraph) and very much dresses and acts the part.
* ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'': Harry King becomes the Disc's first RailroadBaron, much to his delight, as it allows him to leave a legacy other than his night soil business.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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While not literally a railroad baron, in the Discworld novel ''GoingPostal'', ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Reacher Gilt is definitely a clacks baron (clacks is like a telegraph) and very much dresses and acts the part.
* ** ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'': Harry King becomes the Disc's first RailroadBaron, much to his delight, as it allows him to leave a legacy other than his night soil business.
6th Jan '16 4:12:22 AM Morgenthaler
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16th Oct '15 3:39:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sir Harry Percival in ''CatBallou'' (villain)

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* Sir Harry Percival in ''CatBallou'' ''Film/CatBallou'' (villain)



* [=McCabe=] in ''McCabeAndMrsMiller'' is attacked by agents of a crooked railway baron's company after refusing to sell land to them.

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* [=McCabe=] in ''McCabeAndMrsMiller'' ''Film/McCabeAndMrsMiller'' is attacked by agents of a crooked railway baron's company after refusing to sell land to them.
15th Oct '15 11:08:59 PM gemmabeta2
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* Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt (so called because he also owned a vast steamboat network as well). This is also why the sports teams of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanderbilt_University Vanderbilt University]] (which is named after him; he provided the then-huge million-dollar endowment) are called the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanderbilt_Commodores Commodores]]." The guy never liked his trains however, and he kept refering to them as "them things that go on land".

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* Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt (so called because he also owned a vast steamboat network as well). This is also why the sports teams of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanderbilt_University Vanderbilt University]] (which is named after him; he provided the then-huge million-dollar endowment) are called the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanderbilt_Commodores Commodores]]." The guy never liked thought much of his trains however, and he kept refering referring to them derisively as "them things that go on land".
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