The Gregarious Railfan
The Fiddletown and Copperopolis Railway
Description:  Carl Fallberg was a writer/cartoonist for animated feature films and T.V. cartoons for Disney Studios,
Hanna-Barbera, and Warner Brothers. He also  had a lifelong passion for the “narrow gauge" railroad lines connecting
the mountain mining towns of Colorado. This love of narrow gauge railroads in early mining communities was expressed
through his cartoon drawings published in his Fiddletown & Copperopolis comic strip which appeared in Railroad Magazine
in the 50s or 60s. During the early 1980s, Carl compiled all his Fiddletown and Copperopolis cartoons into a book. The
resulting "Fiddletown and Copperopolis - The life and times of an uncommon carrier" was published in 1985. This type
of Railroad humor certainly has a fitting place in Railfanning and so I have created this page.  I will admit that on this
page I am bending the copyright rule a bit, but hope to redeem myself by promoting the book for the publisher. The
page could not be descriptive if I didn’t include the map and examples of the cartoons.
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Buy The Book
This delightful collection of railroad cartoons by Fallberg of Walt Disney fame is a
144-page, softbound, 9-5/8 x 6-1/4" book illustrating the trials and tribulations of a
narrow gauge "uncommon" carrier. To anyone familiar with the lore of America's
three-foot railroad lines, the feeling persists that within these pages lies a disguised
pictorial history of prototype narrow gauge railroads in a very humorous vein. The key
word in Fallberg's illustrations is exaggeration. 75 black and white illustrations.

ISBN: 978-0-911581-04-1

Price: $14.95
Examples of the cartoons