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A London railway station

A train is a form of rail transport that consists of a chain of vehicles designed to move along rail tracks, with motive power typically provided by either a locomotive at the front or by motors in each unit working in concert. Their principal function is the transport of cargo and passengers.

Trains arose during the 19th century in the midst of the Industrial Revolution as a new and innovative mode of transportation that allowed individuals to travel across vast distances with greater speed and efficiency. It also complemented the surge in mass production by facilitating the transport of copious resources and products in a far shorter span of time.

Notably, the British Brotherhood of Assassins under Henry Green, Evie Frye, and Jacob Frye even employed a train as the hideout for their guild during their operations in London since 1868. The mobile nature of the base ensured that it was well-suited to eluding the detection of their enemies, the Templars.

History

During the 19th century, London trains provided routes for Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, and Dover. Open-topped carriages were available for the poor. Since 1834, English and Scottish rail lines merged, allowing people to travel faster between the two places. Queen Victoria was the very first monarch to ride a train since 1842.[1]

The first rail factory was owned by the Starrick family and inherited by their youngest son Crawford, who used it to expand his Templar influence and business throughout London. Sometime in mid-19th century, Starrick impounded a Herwicke Steam Engine which was owned by Agnes MacBean and nicknamed "Bertha". He then placed the train and MacBean under his Templar accomplice Rexford Kaylock. Kaylock, as the Whitechapel Blighters gang leader, equipped the train for their operations.[2]

Since 1860, several large railway companies donated money for the first underground railway transport under the plans of Charles Pearson. John Fowler was also hired as the chief engineer. However, the construction caused many families to lose homes and roads to be blocked. It also used the technique "cut and cover" which involved sinking of trenches and reinstating the surface.[3]

The American businessman, Ned Wynert, and his group of thieves used London's transit systems as cover for their criminal activities. In this way, Wynert was able to rob many shipments coming into the city of their valuables.[2]

It's 1868, the Assassin siblings Jacob and Evie Frye destroyed the Whitechapel Blighters with their new syndicate, the Rooks. With MacBean's permission, the twins made her locomotive their mobile hideout and "residence", each claiming a carriage for themselves to live in during their stay in London. Later on, they gained the aid of Nigel Bumble, who worked under MacBean in fixing and repairing the train.[2]

With Wynert's assistance, the Rooks would also rob trains carrying money to fund their operations. In addition, Jacob and Evie frequently visited various train stations in London to assassinate Templars and destroy Blighter shipments.[2]

Trivia

  • The London Brighton & South Coast Railway locomotive is a red 4-4-0 tender engine seen hauling passenger trains; with occasional mixed or goods trains; around London named "The Great Eagle" with the number 1191, referencing the sobriquet of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad and the year Assassin's Creed took place, respectively. The train locomotive itself is based on a Great Western Railway Duke class.
  • The South Eastern Railway engine is based on a LB&SCR A1x Terrier class 0-6-0 tank engine, though painted in British Railways' lined black livery, complete with smokebox number plate, and lettered for the S.E.R. Its serial number; 1476; is a reference to the year Ezio Auditore da Firenze began his quest to avenge the deaths of his father and brothers.
  • Both types of engine designs present in Syndicate are historically inaccurate. The A1x class tank engines in their original form, as the A1 class, were only introduced in the 1870s, and the black livery of the A1x was not used until the late 1940s. The Duke class started being built in the 1895 and never wore the red livery seen in game. In addition, neither locomotive are part of their respective companies and running numbers.
  • There was a green painted locomotive for the London and South Western Railway seen in early trailers and concept art but cut from the final game. It was based on the Great Northen Railway Stirling Single 4-2-2 but as the class wasn't built until 1870 and was not part of the LSWR, this was anachronism.
  • It is also uncommon to catch trains at stations and cannot go reverse out of stations such as London Victoria station and St. Pancras.
  • The route of the train varies on which chapter you're on.
  • The stations trains visit include Waterloo station, Cannon Street station, Bishopgate station, London Bridge station, London Victoria station, and Charing Cross station.

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