Contents: The Route General description We are already getting a route from Dresden, why would this route still offer variation? Cab views Some trainspotting on the route Services Rolling Stock What comes with the route? ČD 193 (Siemens Vectron) DB BR 180/ČD 372/371 DLC DB BR 189 DB BR 146.0 (+ BR 145 pack?) Baureihe 642 (Siemens Desiro Classic) Captrain Vectron (BR 193) Layers Conclusion Pictures A ČD 372 hauling a rake of mixed Intercity coaches from DB/ÖBB/ZSSK at Dolní Žleb, just south of the border crossing Route General description Hi all, I'm proposing the Elbtal (Elbe valley) railway line from Dresden-Neustadt in Germany to Děčín in the Czech Republic via Dresden Hbf, Pirna, Rathen and Bad Schandau. The route is important for international freight (such as new cars and steel), express (Eurocity) and local passenger travel (RE and S-bahn). It features a power changeover at the Czech-German border over the Gelobtbach. It is a very scenic route, running along the Elbe river for most of its length through the 'Sächsische Schweiz' (Saxonian Switzerland), and crossing the beautiful Königstein and Dolní Žleb railway viaducts. The power changeover and Czech rolling stock would offer something new to the game, although changeovers like this are already on LGV end SEH. Dresden Hbf, with it's rather unique layout would also offer players something interesting. There are large freight yards at Dresden-Friedrichstadt and Děčín, and a smaller one at Pirna with Bad Schandau having a few freight sidings, so locomotives that can only run in Germany can end there. The route is just under 70 km in length, and would therefore fit TSW perfectly. A DB BR 180 and ČD 372 crossing the Königstein railway viaduct with a mixed freight train. the locomotives are identical, but more on that later. We are already getting a route from Dresden, why would this route still offer variation? Recently, it has been announced that we're getting Riesa - Dresden. This poses the question 'what new things would this route bring?'. Luckily I have a good answer to that. After Dresden, you go into the Sächsische Schweiz, a very scenic area with beautiful lanscapes along the river Elbe. The landscape here is radically different from that on Riesa - Dresden. In addition to that, gameplay would be very different too, with a systems changeover at the Czech/German border, which requires all new and refreshing rolling stock, from a new operator: ČD, the Czech national railway operator. All this combined makes for a route that is very different from Riesa - Dresden, but would still allow for great layering inbetween those routes, and a possible merger if those ever come to TSW, which would allow for longer S-bahn services on both routes. Cab views Děčín - Dresden - by Krzysztof Waszkiewicz Bad Schandau - Dresden Friedrichstadt freight yard - by ThomasD83 Some trainspotting on the route Services Below I've listed nearly all services on this route. The stops that are on this route proposal are bold. In italic I've listed the last and first stops not on the route, so you know where the line diverges. EC 27 (from Elsterwerda) - Dresden-Neustadt – Dresden Hbf – Bad Schandau – Děčín - (onwards to Ústí nad Labem) Every 120 min. Rolling stock: ČD 193, ČD 372/DB BR 180 RE 20: Elbe-Labe-Sprinter Dresden Hbf – Pirna – Bad Schandau – Děčín hl. n. - (onwards to Ústí nad Labem) Every 60 min (Mon-Fri), Every 120 min (Sat-Sun) Rolling stock: DB BR 642 U28 (from Rathmannsdorf (Kr Pirna)) - Bad Schandau - Krippen - Schmilka-Hirschmühle - Schöna - Dolní Žleb - Děčín hl.n. Every 120 min. (1 train less on weekends) Rolling stock: DB BR 642 S1 (from Dresden Bischofsplatz) - Dresden-Neustadt - Dresden Mitte - Dresden Freiberger Straße - Dresden Hbf - Dresden-Strehlen - Dresden-Reick - Dresden-Dobritz - Dresden-Niedersedlitz - Dresden-Zschachwitz - Heidenau - Heidenau Süd - Heidenau-Großsedlitz - Pirna - Obervogelgesang (Kr. Pirna) - Stadt Wehlen (Sachs.) - Kurort Rathen - Königstein (Sächs. Schweiz) - Bad Schandau - Krippen - Schmilka-Hirschmühle - Schöna Every 10/20 min, Mon-Fri during rush hour (Dresden Neustadt - Pirna). Every 30 min (Dresden-Neustadt - Bad Schandau), Every 60 min (Bad Schandau - Schöna) Rolling stock: DB BR 146.0 or BR 182 with 4 VVO DoSto Coaches (additional BR 143 and 146.2 services during rush hour) S2 (from Dresden Industriegelände) - Dresden-Neustadt - Dresden Mitte - Dresden Freiberger Straße - Dresden Hbf - Dresden-Strehlen - Dresden-Reick - Dresden-Dobritz - Dresden-Niedersedlitz - Dresden-Zschachwitz - Heidenau - Heidenau Süd - Heidenau-Großsedlitz - Pirna Every 30 min (only Mon-Fri) Rolling stock: DB BR 143, BR 146.2 or BR 182 with 2 VVO DoSto coaches Rolling Stock What comes with the route? ČD 193 the ČD 193 is a member of the Siemens Vectron family. It operates Eurocity services on this route, hauling Czech Intercity Coaches (I'm no expert on the coach types, please do comment with info). Sometimes a few of the DB Intercity coaches that will come with the DB BR 101 are used aswell, these could be added for some variation. They are capable of operating in both Germany and the Czech Republic, making them ideal for this Eurocity service. The vectrons on the EC service are leased from ELL, but ČD Cargo owns some too, therefore whatever Vectron is included should be able to run both passenger and freight services. It might even be usable as a freight layer on some other German routes, though only when a player chooses it, it won't show up on AI trains. More info on Wikipedia DB BR 180/ČD 372/371 This locomotive goes by many names, as both ČD and DB have their own locomotives of this type. They were constructed in the late from 1988 to 1991, and are notable for still using spoked wheels. Like the vectron they can operate on both sides of the borders. They haul both EC and freight trains, though the former is increasingly rare. They would offer some older multisystem traction and would therefore be quite interesting to play. DB traffic red, DB (ex-DR) darkred livery, ČD and ČD Cargo liveries could be supplied for more variation. The loco could come with any of the German freight cars already in game, or maybe some new ones. More info on wikipedia DLC DB BR 189 The BR 189 is another German multisytem freight locomotive. It was built by Siemens as a further developement of the EuroSprinter platform, with the first loco's being deliverd in 2003. Like the Vectron, it's multisystem capabilities lead to it's high precense in the area. In game it can also layer onto many other German routes, as it can be seen all throughout Germany. Alternatively, this loco can come in MRCE livery (which I think looks better), as shown below, for more variety. More info on wikipedia (German) DB BR 146.0 (+ BR 145 pack?) 146 017 with a VVO public transit advertisement. The BR 146.0 is the precusor to the well known TRAXX family of locomotives, some of which (BR 146.2, 185.2 and 185.5) are already in game. The front of the 146.0 is somewhat different from the later TRAXX locomotives, as the later TRAXX locomotives have a straight front underneath the curve, and the 146.0's front slopes slightly inward. The inner workings are also vastly different, resulting in a different sound, with the 146.0 sounding more like the BR 101 (check the trainspotting video below at 10:25 for the sound). On the S-Bahn of Dresden they haul DoSto coaches in VVO (VerkehrsVerbund Oberelbe) livery. These coaches are nearly identical to the ones already in game, besides the added VVO and S-bahn branding. To make this DLC more interesting, the loco could come with some of its advertisment liveries in the same manner as the Trainbow livery on the Javelin, pictured below. BR 145? Alternatively, the 146.0 could come in a pack with the BR 145, as with Riesa - Dresden the VVO Dosto coaches will aready be modelled (and therefore don't need to be modelled again). The 145 is the freight variant of this loco, and differs only in having an axle hung final drive (the 146.0 has a hollow shaft drive), and no destination displays (although these were later fitted to some 145's that entered passenger service). Outside of the displays and final drive (which results in a different top speed), the locos are nearly identical, with the sound and cab layout differing only minutely. The BR 145 could come with a few freight services to and from Bad Schandau, just before the border, and could possibily even substitute on S-bahn services, which it was also used for in Dresden. The 146.0 (and maybe 145) could also layer onto different routes, with normal DoSto coaches, as it runs throughout Germany. More info on wikipedia. This video is also linked above, but I've linked it here again, so you can hear the sound of the BR 146.0 (go to 10.25). 146 013 with a Felsenbühne Rathen advertisement. 145 038-6, this freight loco (here in Railion livery) was used on the Dresden S-bahn, here seen in Meißen. Note the destination display in the top of the right window, which was later fitted for passenger service. Baureihe 642 (Siemens Desiro Classic) The BR 642 is a two-part DMU, that is used for cross border RE 'Elbe-Labe-Sprinter' services on this route. It has a top speed of 120 km/h. It also runs services on part of the Havenbahn in Ascaffenburg, so would add layers there for more variety, even though it only has 3 or maybe 4 stops on the line. More info on Wikipedia Captrain Vectron (BR 193) Even though this route already has a Vectron, that one is mainly used for passenger work. ITL, a subsidiary of CapTrain have a yard at Pirna, so it would be really fitting to have some rolling stock from them. The CapTrain Vectron could come with some interesting rolling stock and operations to make it worth the price. Layers The route would be a good fit for additional layers, some of which are already in game, others already announced. As these trains are already in game, or coming to it I'll not go into much detail. Passenger DB BR 182: Operating the S1 and S2 services with VVO DoStos. The BR 182 stopped running these services at the end of 2015, but they would still be fun to see and it would offer some extra value to that DLC. DB BR 146.2 (from Riesa - Dresden): Operating the S1 rush hour and S2 services with VVO DoStos. DB BR 143 (from Riesa - Dresden): Operating the S2 services with VVO DoStos. Freight BR 143/155/182 (DB and MRCE)/185 (DB and MRCE)/187: Operating freight services within the German borders, so no further than Bad Schandau. BR 232: Operating freight services all across the line, because it's a diesel locomotive, it can run on both sides of the border, though I do not know about safety systems. In real life this loco can be seen around the area. BR 363/204/(maybe vossloh G6): Shunting services at Dresden Friedrichstadt, and other yards on the German side of the border. The 204 could also operate short freight services/deliveries. The 204 can also be seen in ITL and Captrain liveries here, the DB one could possibily substitute for those. These locos are currently only playable on one route, this would give their DLC more value. Conclusion The Elbtalstrecke is a scenic route along the Elbe, crossing from Germany into the Czech Republic. It offers some new and unique rolling stock as standard and as possible DLC. I can't use any Czech sources since I do not speak it, and may have made other mistakes, so please let me know if you have more info about the route. It also might be better to let the route come with the DB BR 180/ČD 372 as standard (possibly replacing the BR 642), let me know your thoughts on this. Also check out my other suggestions: Rhein-Wupper-Bahn: Wuppertal - Köln and Enschede - Amersfoort CS Pictures A ČD 372 hauling a freight train at Dolní Žleb, just south of the border crossing The castle at Königstein, in the background you can see the railway line. A ČD 193 near Schmilka-Hirschmühle A BR 182 from the Dresden S-bahn (BR 182 operations stopped in december of 2015), in Königstein. A ČD 372 in the Elbe valley A ČD 193 (from their Cargo division), with a train full of new cars.