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Pelion Railway, Greece

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by Aljaž Skarlovnik, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Aljaž Skarlovnik

    Aljaž Skarlovnik Active Member

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    Continuing the theme of Greek railways (from https://forums.dovetailgames.com/threads/thessaloniki-piraeus-ose-main-line.12026/). This time: The Pelion railway. In stark contast to my previous Greek suggestion, this is a very short route.



    The Pelion railway is a 600mm narrow gauge railway line running between the city of Volos and the mountain town of Mileai on the Pelion peninsula. The route lenght is only 25 kilometers (only 16km in present day, as the tracks between Volos and Ano Lechonia (tramway portion) are not in operation, with only the Ano Lechonia to Mileai portion in operation), yet due to the low track speeds and a rather lengthy stop in the middle, the run still takes 90 minutes.

    The line itself runs through mountains and over valleys with storng ties to ancient Greek myths of centaurs and Gods, this area being their summer residence. Many features many feats of civil engineering make this line possible. From personal experience of riding it, it's a very beautiful run.

    For more information on the route, consult Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelion_railway

    Pelion-mountain-1.jpg
    (http://www.trainose.gr/en/tourism-culture/train-and-recreation/the-pelion-train/)
    0.jpg
    (http://mixanikosose.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-little-train-of-pelion-is-leaving.html?m=1)

    As for rolling stock, TrainOSE currently operates two diesel locomotives, numbered A1 and A2. These two engines, produced by Schoema in 1999, are dressed up as steam locomotives.
    Schöma(D).jpg
    (http://mixanikosose.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-little-train-of-pelion-is-leaving.html?m=1)
    Steam power was used untill at least 2015 however (or maybe it still is, I really don't know), in the form of one of the two original engines of the line with a 2-4-0T configuration, produced by Tubize.
    trainaki phliou mhlies peristrofikh plaka me to xeri-Nikos Kantiris.jpg
    (http://mixanikosose.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-little-train-of-pelion-is-leaving.html?m=1)
    Trains usually run with three or so coaches, although I have seen pictures, especially steam powered trains, running with a box van behind the engine. Likely a tool car.

    This route may also work well in Train Sim World due to its low length and low speeds. In fact, I made a copy of this post on the TSW route suggestions subforum, so if you'd rather see this route in TSW, make sure to check that one out as well. https://forums.dovetailgames.com/threads/pelion-railway-tsw.12056/#post-44230

    Thanks for reading! If you liked this route suggestion and would like to see it in-game, well, you can help it become a bit more noticeable by upvoting it. If you didn't like it, that's fine too, I just hope you enjoyed reading this suggestion of mine. Have a nice day!



    My other Train Sim route suggestions:
    - Innsbruck-Bludenz (1920s-30s/present day): https://forums.dovetailgames.com/threads/return-to-arlberg-innsbruck-bludenz-1920s-1930s.5297/
    - Ljubljana to Belgrade (Yugoslavia, 1960s/70s): https://forums.dovetailgames.com/threads/ljubljana-zagreb-beograd-yugoslavia-1960s-70s.5375/
    - Thessaloniki to Piraeus (Greece, present day): https://forums.dovetailgames.com/threads/thessaloniki-piraeus-ose-main-line-greece.12026/
     
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