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Today is Saint George's day! Well, at least in my country. Anyway, happy name day (is that a thing outside Europe?) to me!!! In case you didn't know, my name is George, yes you're welcome, and this is my flickering bliki. I have a very amusing topic for today's entry! It's urban railway networks. Wait, are you not amused???
Speaking of railways and tracks, I just remembered a great Czech movie/musical from the 1966. It's called 'Lady on the Tracks' and it's absolutely iconic. The story is about a tram driver who catches her husband making out with another woman, so she takes all his money, buys boutique clothes and finds a new partner, except it's all just a daydream. It really is an outstanding example of the Czechoslovakian New Wawe, you have to check it out (the link leads to the movie on Youtube.)
I wasn't very productive on OGF in the past week. Aside of Drabantia's pavilion at Expomondiale 2018 in Tarott, Kalm, I didn't really map anything significant. However I did think about a thing - a railway thing to be more specific.
Railways are a big deal in Drabantia. They were the best way to transport goods back when - except of Banuy and perhaps Borava, Drabantia doesn't have many large rivers so water transport wasn't possible; the landscape is very variable and relatively hilly, which combined with frequent rain showers ruled out road transport too.
I decided that historically, there were three railway companies operating in Odrava. There was the state-built and operated railway from Odrava to Krále Hora. Then there was the semi-private Banuy Railway, connecting towns near the Banuy river. And then there was the Poltava-Teplice Railway, which connected towns in Drabantian Egalia.
I'll explain the most important points of my vision on a timeline.
- 1826 - First horse-car railway in Drabantia is built (not in Odrava).
- 1834 - Horse-car railway from Odrava to Hrubětice is built. The station would be located across the street from today's Staré Město station, west from the road I/11.
- 1847 - The state-owned railway from Odrava to Krále Hora is built. It ends with a terminus at what is today the southern part of the Staré Město station.
- 1859 - Odrava gets connected to the Banuy Region via railway. The railway also terminates in the southern part of the Staré Město station, the Banuy Railway and the state-owned company decide to cooperate; together they rebuild the simple station in a grand, pompous style.
- 1861 - The Poltava-Teplice Railway buys the horse-car railway and turns it into a normal railway. In Hrubětice, the railway splits three ways: to Poltavy, to Kolín and to Janov. It also is expanded from the old station to a newly built northern part of the Staré Město station.
- 1871 - The new harbor gets connected with a railway from Jerovice.
- 1875 - A railway connection with Escadia is built. The railway connects to the harbor railway. The owner of Escadia seems to be inactive, but I think he wouldn't mind.
- 1882 - The Staré Město station is bursting at its seams. A new link between the Escadian railway and the Krále Hora railway is built, with a new Central Station in the freshly-built New Town between the two rivers. The Central Station serves express and international trains.
- 1920s - Cargo transport to the harbor can now use a direct connection from Vlčí Pole/Boravská Louka to Jerovice/Harbor link without having to go through the city center.
Just like my life, though I somehow know I have it together, something about it feels slightly odd. Is it too much railways? What do you think? Please let me know.
PS: I'm posting this off my phone, I would have included a diagram of the railway network otherwise.
Comments and thoughts are truly, madly, deeply appreciated
(Sign and timestamp your comments or don't, you're a self-sufficient adult human person after all, I'm leaving this kind of decision up to you.)
I am really loving Odrava so far. The railways to me do seem to take up a large amount of space for a European city. However, what am i talking about this OGF michal how dare you compare this to the real world jeez i though you knew we cant be making a parody. Sorry, that escalated quickly. I think that the Staré město station is unnecessary. Other than that, it looks pretty nice! Keep Up The Good Work! 💚 --Litvania (User talk:Litvania) 23:02, 24 April 2017 (CEST)
- As much as I appreciate your comment, I disagree. Have you read the timeline? The Staré Město station is very important from a historical perspective. When the first railways were built, the stations used to be as close to the town as possible - and in 1834, Odrava was only the Old Town and the Staré Město station was just beyond the city walls. Today, Odrava is a major railway hub, so one central station wouldn't be enough either. --Eklas (talk) 16:37, 25 April 2017 (CEST)