Oh definitely!Badger wrote:Meh, expansion is over-rated!
Trier and Siegen. The mainline runs through Trier which only has a station really because of the junction for the line to Siegen. The grain train forms the second leg of the journey from the farm to the brewery down in the valley. The goods train passing through platform 1 at Trier is running empty back to the Brewery having delivered some of the finest Weissbeir available in this German Territory to Siegen. The V140 operates locals on the mainline while the BR75 operates a shuttle between Trier and Siegen for connections onwards to Wuppertal, Bremen and Dessau. Express trains pass through here. Just to the west of Trier the track singles because of this particularly amazing feat of engineering. The BR85 on the grain train returns over the upper viaduct while the V140 on the local follows it up the spiral. Signalling on the spirals allows up to 3 trains to be going up the spiral at one time to reduce delays by slow lumbering freights going up the spiral. When coal trains are introduced to the line, it is likely that a banking loco will be needed.
Currently, this is the only way for road traffic to cross the mountain chain without a massive detour.
The old line across the mountains can was severed to make way for the terminal and only sees a local service at the opposite end of the line nowadays run by a pair of BR515s The southern portals of the tunnel and the old line at Pforzheim. Now only a local service to Kiel operates from the bay platform at Pforzheim. The car unloading terminal in this image is not yet built but in the next few months will spring up to the south of the station meaning the transporter trains will have to travel through the station here. Pforzheim has an unfortunate bottleneck of a single track bridge followed by a very tight turn meaning that express trains must pass through the town at 50km/h.
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Oh it makes no money whatsoever! I actually had to stop one of them because the tunnels are so long (about 40 tiles) that the line was grinding to a halt. This was helped partially by allowing the tunnels to be used in both directions with PBS but not really. As you say, I have a lot of disposable cash. When the DBSet double decks car carriers come out I shall fill a few of those with goods and make them shuttle back and forth as there will be cars on the trains too then.Pug wrote:Very nice concept. I really like the idea. But how does it work profit-wise? Is there really a way to transport goods or passengers this way and make it profitable? Or do you already have enough money and need to think of new ways to spend it?
Thanks for the comments though
Edit: Nite Owl, it is similar but was based more upon the Loetschberg Tunnel concept which is in Switzerland (or other similar set ups like the Eurotunnel).
How much time would be slashed by taking the tunnel instead of the very long-winded mountain route? Interestingly, the fact you stay in your car is a huge selling point for Eurotunnel. The ferries even complained about it as you can't stay in your car on a ferry, and were thus at a disadvantage. I guess people are lazy
Ta.JamieLei wrote:Really nice concept with the car shuttle service
Sod all idea. Probably less because sometimes trains have to wait ages for the tunnel to clear. I now have 4 tunnels though so the wait is a bit less. Signals in tunnels would help though....How much time would be slashed by taking the tunnel instead of the very long-winded mountain route?
Actually, heavy freight runs faster now as I can make the trains longer because there are less hills to deal with.
Couldn't really care to be honest. The wagons available aren't enclosed so everyone has to get into the coaches at the end of the train. Like the lorry carrying Shuttles or the whole Loetschberg Tunnel concept.Interestingly, the fact you stay in your car is a huge selling point for Eurotunnel. The ferries even complained about it as you can't stay in your car on a ferry, and were thus at a disadvantage. I guess people are lazy
1&2) Wuppertal and Hanover... Spot the differences The station hasn't moved at all and the lines leaving to the left have only changed slightly in the last 70 years! Looks so quiet and peaceful... mainly because it was, at this stage the tunnels through the mountains weren't built and the mountain line had a single DMU plodding along it. Boom? Chaos. The line to the tunnels runs out of the bottom screen in the right corner. Mental area that all works, amazingly. Note the transrapid station cleverly slotted in
Pforzheim has developed again as a major junction following increased use of part of the old mountain route to a Chemical works and a small iron ore mine. The travelling road service is going strong now with 3 trains in operation. There are plans to cascade faster locomotives to the service to improve it but for the time being the BR140s are in the process of getting a lick of paint.
A private rail firm got the contract for carrying chemicals away from the chemical works and one of their Blue Tiger locomotives can be seen passing through Pforzheim station. Pforzheim yard still remains an important transit point as diesel traction is swapped for Electric through the tunnels.
Finally, a new station was built on the line to kiel to serve the growing suburban population. When new BR612s are introduced to the line the station will be opened to passengers.
I seem to do the same as you, especially with these larger OTTD maps. All your infrastructure seems to get concentrated in and around your intial cities, the routes that got connected later see lees £££s spent on them and seem to be far less complex.Ameecher wrote:Current map showing that I've barely used half the map in 100 years of the company.
Edit: and my signature is correct actually, few last minute changes...
*In reality all the trains arrive here and unload there load to longer trains that shuttle through the tunnel.
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