Lately I got into trouble at school and at home, so no more mapping for an undecided amount of time. Great. Meanwhile, I got thinking about the railways in my country.
The first railroad opened in 1829, and it connected Jankovar to Loravia in an effort to increase efficiency and speed of transport of goods from the port to the capital. Later, a more modern steam railway was built between Loravia and Molburg. Before I go any further, let's identify the key players of this game:
- PŽS, Pomorská železničná spoločnosť (Maritime [sic] Railway Society). They built that first railway I mentioned to serve the capital and the towns on the way. Some of the goods they transported included: Foreign products, bauxite, sand, wheat and grain.
- SD, Severná dráha (Northern Railway). They built the longest single railroad line in the country, from Loravia (back then only to Lúčky) to Sviborce, and they transported mainly stone and iron from the mines in the mountains, but also passangers.
- VSŽD, Východná spoločnosť železničnej dopravy (Eastern Railway Transport Society). These guys didn't really do much until 1932, until then they transported goods like wheat, grain, corn and passangers from and around the Great Litvanian Plain in the east of the country. They actually gained a respectable reputation among the public, when they were purchased by the state in 1932. Since then they operate regional routes all over the country.
- LMD, Loravsko-Molíborská dráha (Loravia-Molburg Railway). This company built the first railway between the two cities, and unfortunately their route did not get turned into an InterCity one, because the terrain was too rough and perky for a high speed railway to be built.
Here's an overview of more or less which company operated where:
Now, because every single one of these railroad company's had a connection to Loravia, the city quickly became quite a railway mess. SD had built a massive railyard in Lúčky, VSŽD had to come in from an awkward direction due to terrain issues, and soon there was no way that one station could serve all the companies (not that they all wanted one station, anyway). The main station today was built first by PŽS, and was originally named Lorava Centrum. The Staré mesto station was built by LMD, and there was a tiny gap between the two, which remained unfilled by people because of noise and air pollution due to cars and the main square. After major threats of shutting the companies down due to disruption of peace and traffic,from the local council, PŽS and LMD agreed to serve one station, Staré mesto station. The gap was built up with rail, and the two stations kind of split their roles in two, and suddenly either could become useless.
Later, VSŽD built a weird curve shape railroad from their angle, and came in to encounter a rather empty farmland landscape. They built a small station there, and built a road to connect to the city centre. The station was called Ravnice, a small village that used to be there, and later became the New Town, so the station was renamed Nové mesto.
For a long time, these were the only ways one could go to one part of the country. That was to get off one train in Loravia from one train, walk or take a taxi or public transport to another station, and continue your journey from there. But in 1932, the state got fed up with this mess of a system, so it decided to standardize rail transport in Litvania. In a January act the government gave a critical blow to all the existing companies, excluding VSŽD, and purchased or rebranded them to form the modern state owned sole monopolous railway operator, LŽ (Litvenské železnice, Litvanian Railways).
From them on, not much has changed, and only new routes are being built between even more places nowadays. The Horáň and Krivá tunnels are the current "big gamechanging project" for the company, which are to connect the east with the west through the mountains, kind of like the Gotthard in Switzerland. If you'd like to book tickets for a ride to visit Litvania, visit this website.
I apologise for my inactivity, it is purely my fault. I have no clue what to map next, and I can't really, so don't expect much for next week. Take care!
Comments and Feedback are fine, if you ask me.
Nice to hear you're thinking about the railway network now, but it still needs some work. Here are some things I'd like to see change:
- First of all, you seem to exclude Kolin off of the network for some reason, though it probably would have been an important railway hub historically - given it's the terminus for both the Great Coal Railway and the international railway to Odrava.
- The LMD line - if it could be built in 1890 in the 'perky' terrain as you said, it can absolutely be turned into an IC line today. It's 2017, we have tunnels and bridges and landscaping machinery. Maybe more realistically, the LMD line could connect Lorava with Kolin and Kolin with Molibor.
- Speaking of which, the city of Molibor has a weird position. You might want to consider swapping it with Prerieče.
- The Centrum and St. Mesto stations are very close to each other. I doubt the railway companies were such rivals to not agree on one station, especially when they literally both went separate directions. What could have had happened instead is two stations in the same position like in Liberec, CZ.
- Both Lúčky and Ravnice are somehow far from the city center itself. If possible, there should be a station in Vinské Hrady.
- @Eklas. There is a railway line to Kolin, it just wasn't a majorly important at the time, so I didn't include it. You are absolutely right about the IC line from LOR to MOL. There is a station at Vinské Hrady, but historically, the company built one at Ravince. I have an exact vision of what I want, and some of the points you made are against it. Sorry. But I appreciate you comment and feedback. --mfnowacki (talk) 11:17, 2 October 2017 (CEST)