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East German Nostalgia: Dresden - "chemnitz"

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by thearkerportian, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. thearkerportian

    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    Moin Comrades!

    the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall just reminded me of something I've wanted to do for a while already: Suggest some Reichsbahn content for TSW. While we have a nice selection of modern German routes in the game, the friends of vintage railways, as long as they aren't also British or at least Anglophile, don't have any reason to buy TSW whatsoever. And trust me, that's a demographic that definitely exists. In fact, it even exists twice, once for West Germany and once for the East, which had its own railways of course. "Ostalgie" we call the phenomenon, "Eastalgia".

    All nostalgia aside, the route I've picked here is certainly interesting enough on its own. Running about 80 twisty and bendy kilometers from Chemnitz - named Karl-Marx-Stadt in socialist times - to Dresden in the picturesque Saxon Switzerland. Some steep gradients, some big viaducts, sections on somewhat open and rural land and some where you go along valleys that shouldn't even be called valleys, but canyons rather. Beautiful Saxony. But see the pictures for that. Picture an electrified and German version of Northern Trans Pennine, a grimmer and grimier, more rundown and more oldschool Ruhr-Sieg Nord.

    "But East Germany would require a whole new fleet of trains, as if it was a whole different country?" Well, actually it wouldn't. Two of the DB engines we have already - the BR 143 and 155 - were originally built for the East German Reichsbahn, all they would need is a new (or old rather) coat of paint and some minor modifications perhaps. What is missing though is coaches, according to Google the dominant stock on this line were DR's bi-level coaches, early predecessors to the modern DoSto you already know.

    General

    Location: The (not so democratic) German Democratic Republic; a.k.a. East Germany
    Era: ca. 1985-1990
    Length overall: 50 mi/80 km
    max speed: 75 mph/120 km/h
    # of passenger stations: 20
    Service types: Local, Regional, Cargo
    # of tracks: 2-3
    Electrified: Yes

    Lines included at least partially:
    Dresden - Chemnitz

    Suitable vehicles (among others):
    DR BR 110 (= DB BR 204)
    DR BR 123 (= DB BR 232, "Ludmilla")
    DR BR 118 (= DB BR 228)
    DR BR 242 (= DB BR 142)
    DR BR 243 (=DB BR 143)
    DR BR 250 (=DB BR 155)
    DR coaches
    DR Bi-level coaches

    Maps
    Dresden-Chemnitz.PNG
    Dresden-Chemnitz Map.PNG

    Please note that most pictures show the route in its modern dy state.

    Key Locations
    Karl-Marx-Stadt Hbf
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    Freiberg
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    Dresden Hbf
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    Further Impressions
    Karl-Marx-Stadt-Hilbersdorf
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    Niederwiesa
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    Flöha
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    Falkenau
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    Oederan
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    Frankenstein
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    Kleinschirma
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    Muldenhütten
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    Niederbobritzsch
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    Edle Krone
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    Tharandt
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    Freital-Deuben
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    Dresden-Plauen
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  2. docsnyder1911

    docsnyder1911 Active Member

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    Very nice proposal. It would be a perfect addition to the 1980's British Rail routes. The route would be a perfect mixture between rural and industrial areas.
     
  3. thearkerportian

    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Exactly what you'd expect from the "workers' and farmers' nation", wouldn't it? :D

    Only thing is, it's slightly longer than most routes now, 80 km, and with large stations at both ends. Let's just hope its not too unrealistic...
     
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