Loc: Bucks, England
S'got to be:
1: Isle of Sodor (anag "fools ride so") and Isle of Sodor is the land of trains (Thomas the Tank Engine), but can't see why the clue adds on the "almost see no man" bit. Seem to stand alone fine if you cut it off after "trains"
... therefore 2 must be Fat Controller (stays are a means of controlling fat - v. clever )
Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that's not true. Some smaller countries are neutral.