Well, here are some screens from the end of 1941 and the beggining of 1941, giving an impression of the current network, it is quite vast.
A brief introduction though, the railway was founded in 1921 by J. Vassie, in the town of Dannenhaven, situated on an outcrop of land overlooking the bay. At first, a lone BR 75 steam tank loco, 75001, was purchased to run between Dannehaven and the nearby village of Saarbrucken. This line became immensely popular with the locals, with services between the two being packed every time. A new idea was drawn up to make an extension to the line, passing through Oberheim, and on to Hahnmunster. In order to finance this new line, and the costs of passenegr transport, a small oil line was setup between a set of oil-rich wells in the further north, at Kiesbruck. The wells were connected to a refinery just putside Dannenhaven by a set of 6 BR 75 locos, 75002-6 respectively. The income from the line was staggering, and the extension of the passenger network was soon realised.
Now in early 1942, and our network extends far into the west, as far as Chemnitz, a big city, increased in size by AI bus services. The company now operates 60 railway stations in the eastern end of the map, with a roster of 82 locomotives.
1.) This one is taken slightly a while back, and has since been modified slightly to accomodate more route options, it depicts the important hub of Hamberg, a mjor node in the network, with trains departing in all manner of directions, west to Chemnitz, south to Dannenhaven, east to Stralsbrucken and in other places in between, serviced by 16 trains, it is one of the largest points on our network currently. Seen departing to the left out of Platform 3 (1 & 2 are the thru platforms), 85002, is one of a pair of class BR 85 tanks, utilised for shuttle services between Hamberg and Kelheim, to supplement the express and local services passing through. Departing to the west is an unidentified class BR 38, hauling a local train to Dannenhaven.
2.) Seen here is the bayside town of Hahnhaven, with its quaint looking station, and a lovely view across the bay to Dannenhaven in the distance. The layout of the station is slightly 'odd' with the platforms not being next to each other as convention normally says. The eastbound bay platform being slightly off from the other 3. Quite a busy moment seen here, with 75010 operating a Hahnhaven - Hahnmunster shuttle service, utilising the bay platform at Hahnhaven and a seperate platform at Hahnmunster. In the eastbound thru platform is 38007 with a Dannenhaven - Hamberg local service. On the other bay platform, is 75008, which operates the shuttle between Hahnhaven and Stralsbrucken, so all in all, a fairly well connected town.
3.) The small town of Eichendorf was grown from an acorn, a miniscule little village, it grew thanks to the service provided by our company. A pair of BR 38's are in use to haul the trains from Chemnitz - Nurnbruck, a rather long distance, covering a lot of the network. Our company is in the process of aquirin additonal rolling stock and traction, to haul more trains along this line to give a higher frequency of stopping trains. Seen passing through at near full speed, is VT002, a pair of the first diesel trains to appear on our network, and used on Regional services from Nurnbruck to Dortmund, stopping only at Ravensfurt. What will become apparent is that some services terminate at Dortmund, in the thru platforms, whereas a lot continue west to Chemnitz. Express services are currently haulted here, and run-round on their trip to Dannenhaven. When the line is extended past Chemnitz to the far-west, the expresses will be extended, and form the basis of a TEE network to be formed in the coming years.
More to come tomorrow, check back to see