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Ljubljana - Zagreb - Beograd; Yugoslavia, 1960s/70s

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by Aljaž Skarlovnik, Jul 18, 2018.


Broz before Hoes? (Yes or no?)

Poll closed Oct 16, 2018.
  1. Broz (Yes)

    1 vote(s)
  2. Hoes (No)

    0 vote(s)
  1. Aljaž Skarlovnik

    Aljaž Skarlovnik Active Member

    Jul 12, 2018
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    A setting never before modelled for a train simulator.

    That is the theme of this route. It's the main line of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRJ), connecting the capital city of the federation (Beograd) with the capital cities of Croatia (Zagreb) and Slovenia (Ljubljana), set in that country's best years - the 60s and/or 70s.

    (Note: the route would most likely only go from Ljubljana to Beograd, not to Sarajevo, due to the route lenght being absurdly high as-is.)

    It would be a very long route, like, MSTS-grade long. Road distance between Ljubljana and Beograd is about 500 kilometers and I think it's safe to assume that the rail distance is even higher, about 550-575km of main line trackage alone. The interesting part would be, apart from operating the train of course, seeing the scenery change as you move further south. From very green, hilly terrain with developed industry (Slovenia) to flatter lands with lower grass and a more rural landscape (Serbia).

    As for locomotives, it gets very convenient for the modellers. That is because the route would come with three steam locomotives: classes 05 (4-6-2), 06 (2-8-2), and 30 (2-10-0). "Hold on", I hear you say, "three steam locomotives? By what definition is that convenient?" It wouldn' be, if these three engines weren't standard locomotives with many interchangeable components, including the boiler and tender, thus making the process of modelling these three much easier. As for the resident diesel-electric, a series 661 (EMD G16; "Kennedy"), or series 664 (EMD G26; "Reagan") would be appropriate. On any electrified sections (dependant on the time), class 441 electric locomotives could be utilised (if before 1970, class 361). If needed, a locally produced copy of the S100 dock tank (class 62) could be used as a switching engine. Of course the route would come with period correct rolling stock.

    (Class 05 - http://jna-sfrj.forum-aktiv.com/t1917p195-za-prijatelje-zeljeznice-i-zeljeznicke-modelare)
    (Class 06 - http://www.vlaki.info/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7683&start=90)
    (Class 30 - http://www.zeleznice.in.rs:8080/forum/viewtopic.php?t=231)

    Possible additional DLC (not yet satisfied lol):
    - A slightly modified DRB 52 with a "tub" tender as JŽ class 33, and scenarios for it. This would be a good pick since the 52 and the "tub" tender already exist, and the only thing needed to make it a class 33 would be to add some marker plates and the JŽ "winged wheel" emblem.
    -"Blue Train" DLC. While mostly wishful thnking, this huge DLC would be packed full of historical content, modelling the personal train of Yugoslavia's president, Josip Broz Tito. Containing three types of locomotives - class 11 (a MAV 424 would need to be made first...) locomoties 15, 22 and 23 (and possibly standard class 11s), Kraus-Maffei ML 2200 C'C' class diesel locomotives (class D66), and class 666 locomotives, as well as the Blue Train trainset, and scenarios for the lot.

    If you read this far, and didn't just skip most of the text, thanks for sticking with it. I shall leave you with one of the best songs from the time of Yugoslavia.

    (Đorđe Balašević / Rani Mraz - Računate na nas)


    P.S. check out my other route suggestion - Return To Arlberg (Innsbruck - Bludenz 1920s/30s): https://forums.dovetailgames.com/threads/return-to-arlberg-innsbruck-bludenz-1920s-1930s.5297/
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2018

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