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Revision 8 . . (edit) April 16, 2007 6:20 pm by Simons Mith
Revision 6 . . (edit) September 16, 2004 11:51 pm by JLE [Credit given to Kevan]
Revision 4 . . (edit) September 16, 2004 9:44 pm by JLE

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Changed: 1c1
Although superficially similar to the Ghost, Foetal and Foetal Ghost Station rules, North End (or [[Bull & Bush]]) station necessitates special treatment. As all half-decent MC players will be aware, North End was a station on the Northern Line (Edgware branch), between Hampstead and Golders Green, which was built at platform level only, and never opened. This rule is so complex that only the barest bones of its details can be given here, although it can, of course, be found in the latest edition of the IMCS rulebook as rules 15236-16458 inclusive. In essence, it is treated as a foetal station, as it is arguably still in the process of being built (albeit about 90 years since work was last done). However, there are numerous other effects of the North End Rule that only the most expert of MC players fully grasp. Nevertheless, particularly when used in conjunction with Beck's Rule, it is a valuable implement.
Rule 783f of the Standard IMCS Rulebook has been present since the first edition, and is generally regarded as having no meaning whatsoever. It is unclear if the rule was a printing error, a mistake in transcription, an obscure reference or simply the compilers' idea of a joke – over the years, there have been various suggestions as to its meaning and origin, but none of them sufficiently convincing for IMCS to annotate Rule 783f, or to remove it from the rulebook. Under IMCS regulations laid down in 1900, rules cannot be revoked unless they are having an adverse effect on the general state of play. As this is hardly the case with 783f, it has remained present and valid all this time. It is generally regarded with gentle amusement by players, and is occasionally invoked if the game is thought to be getting a little over-serious.

Changed: 3c3
Incidentally, there have been suggestions made that Highgate (High Level) station should fall under the same rule, since although LT 'roundels' were erected, the station was never used by Underground trains. An IMCS North End Working Party was set up in 1962 to consider the North End rule, its future and its possible application to Highgate (High Level). It is believed that they have so far managed to redraft about 500 rules.
Rule 783f states, quite simply, that "North is always North".

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