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Thinking back, does anyone else think it was really weird for Celestia to arrange Twilight a private chariot just to go to Ponyville, when there's a perfectly functional train she could have taken?

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Not really. Flying is significantly faster (she had barely a day time) and she was sent on a royal assignment which justifies appropriate means of transport.

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I still want to know how pegasi and bat ponies hold up those chariots.

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Ponyville didn't have a train until season 2.

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>>36829486
Is that right?
It definitely would have helped them not be late to the Gala, instead of riding to Canterlot at walking speed.

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>>36829486
They went by train to Appleloosa so I'm pretty sure it had a train station.

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>>36829484
I know, right? The chariot's not even "attached" to those two guards pulling it in the first place.

>>36829487
They weren't late to the Gala.

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>>36829488
Hmm, if there were a whole team of earth ponies pulling it, then I guess it wouldn't have been much more efficient than a privately pulled chariot after all...

>>36829489
Are you sure? They arrived late at night when the animals were trying to sleep, missed the Wonderbolts show, the guests had filled up on food, the party had wound down, seems like all their problems could have been avoided if they showed up in the daytime like they wanted to in episode 3.

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>>36829490
Nah, they were on time. Celestia wasn't even done greetings the guests by a lon shot - Twilight had to join her.

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>>36829491
Doesn't that just mean she'd been doing them the entire time?

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>>36829492
Greetings would naturally happen at the start of a Gala. Also, a gala would naturally happen in the evening, like most formal festivities. The next Gala (with Discord present) also happened in the evening.

I also don't see how you would figure the party had worn down or why the animals would have tried to sleep - they just didn't feel like hanging out with Fluttershy. And the guests hadn't filled up on food, they just didn't want AJ's country style stuff but rather the high class hors d'oeuvres.

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>>36829493
I guess the Wonderbolts just decided to have their show before the Gala even started?

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>>36829494
Would make sense. You don't hold an air show during the gala where people dine and talk and dance.

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>>36829488

That train wasn't even operational. It was probably a prototype engine for the rail line that they had just started constructing. There's no indication that the main 6 caught the train in Ponyville, either.

>>36829487

I can only assume the line to Appleoosa was constructed first, because every other time they went to Canterlot after that, they took the train.

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>>36829499
Applejack wouldn't carry a heavy tree too far so we can safely assume the station was in Ponyville.

Also, given the density of the train net shown throughout season two we can also safely assume it was already operational throughout the continent much earlier than season one.

Indeed, we can assume that the train in Over the Barrel was the older version of the Friendship Express which got phased out and had seen its last use on the indeed newly built Appleloose line. We can assume the line was new as the ponies had to pull the train itself, likely due to the necessary coal and water re-supply depots not having been operational yet. And of course, the town was newly built as well as hinted to in the episode - though the Friendship Express generally seems to travel to all sorts remote locations with no settlements closeby so that alone wouldn't confirm it.
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Et voila... the train already stopped in Ponyville when Granny Smith was a filly.

And the train is the version used in Over the Barrel, so it is the older Friendship Express model.
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>>36829500

It's Applejack. She would've carried the tree to Appleoosa herself if there wasn't a train there.

>>36829502

There's only one explanation for this. Granny Smith is a time lord.

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>>36829503
Perhaps.

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>>36829482
Simply a show of power to introduce Tia's protégé to the village ponies. With all the weight Twiggy had to throw around when she got there, she had to be given clear authority.

>>36829486
That's like saying nothing existed until we saw it. While for meta purposes that's true, in-show that's a lot of horsepucky.

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>>36829509

And Twilight is older than Princess Celestia!

But seriously, when they first showed a train in episode 26, it wasn't yet operational, and Ponyville didn't have train tracks until season 2, so it's reasonable to think that ponies were just developing trains at that point in their history. That's a little more evidence than you're implying.

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>>36829515
The train was shown in BNE? I don't recall that...

Hah, I love how completely useless it was to put Cloudsdale on that map.
"It's in the sky... somewhere around here."

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>>36829516

...episode 21. I swear I meant to type 21.

> I love how completely useless it was to put Cloudsdale on that map.


I was so sure that it was stationed more or less permanently over Pinkie's rock farm. That would've explained so much...

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Train schedules are less reliable than prophecy schedules.

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>>36829519
The Friendship Express is always on time - and it travels at the speed of plot.

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>>36829520
Even laying new track is at the speed of plot.

wait, plot?

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>>36829538
Not that sort of plot!

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>>36829542
Why else would they complete the new line to Mount Hypogriff practically overnight?

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>>36829546
Yeah, they sure were fast building that track. On the other hand the official map shows a train going all the way south past Appleloosa long before the movie - so the ponies generally seem to love laying tracks into regions where no one lives.

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>>36829547
they get spoilers ahead of time to make sure the infrastructure keeps up.


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