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Hello and welcome to this week's bliki entry. Let's get straight (heh) to the big news and that is,

Railway 020 is finished.

After 10 weeks of diligent work, I have finally finished my biggest project yet. The tracks span nearly 160 km from Odrava to the other side of the country. I started planning in August, started mapping in late September and did the last touches yesterday. I'm really excited to share it with everyone.

Course and places of interest

(click on the markers to learn more)

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A railway connection between Odrava and Hrubětice was actually already there since 1832, but it was a narrow-gauge horse railway. In the 1850s, the old railway was scrapped and the present one was built. However for lack of funds, most of the infrastructure actually comes from the 1860s.

Since then, there have been numerous changes - the railway got a second track, curves widened, tunnels were added, stops and stations were constructed or abolished, but the core remains the same. Railway line 020 is one of the most important in the country and provides a fast and reliable connection between Odrava and Drabantský Kolín. It's able to compete with car transport both in time and comfort. Passengers who for some reason want to continue in the direction of Lorava, Litvania can use the Intercity trains that connect the city with Odrava in just under 3 hours.


Now this is just a simple sketch - most railways used locally available materials for their buildings, so I figured that would be bricks in case of the 020. In the middle you can see the station in Velké Dvořice - that's like a prototype. All of its four parts were actually modular and could be arranged in various ways or left out completely on other stations. Bricks and white facade remained the building style until now - you can see three examples of modern stations on the top. You can't really find any of this on the map, but it was fun to draw.

DB railway 020.jpg


020 is a classic commuter rail between Odrava and Dránský Brod - in fact, regular passenger trains are listed separately in the timetable as line 021. These operate hourly or sometimes every 30 minutes. That's definitely not the case for the rest of the line, with sometimes only four pairs of regular passenger trains all days of the week and more only on the weekdays.

What's more important is the express trains ('R') which run almost hourly - five pairs a day from Odrava to D. Kolín and five more from Odrava to Hrubětice, then as line 030 to Poltavy. And when there is no regular express, there is an IC train. IC trains are the fastest option - they also only stop at Odrava, Hrubětice and Kolín. They then continue to Lorava, and are hence operated by both Drabantians and Litvenské železnice.

I made the timetable and wanted to print it out, but my printer sabotaged me, so here's a screenshot of the .doc file at least.

DB railway 020 2.PNG

What next

This was my last big project for this year. The next three weeks I'm going to be cleaning up some stuff from earlier, possibly focusing on the wiki more, fixing some of my previous work... However the tracks apparently won't stop at Drabantský Kolín, as my neighbor decided to draw the part between Kolín and Lorava too. Good luck on that.

Next week there will be an intermission again - an intermemession, to be exact, then it will be a 2017 recap and then it's 2018! Wow! Yeah! Exciting. I put a large Christmas tree on my desk and a decorative garland on my ficus and I'm already in the spirit. I also made these gingerbread cookies and decorated them with drawings of Czech trains. How are you doing?

Monday bliki by Eklas

Comments are v welcome

*announcement sound* Dear passengers, at platform 2, track 5, board the express train number 626 'Máchava' of the company Drabantské dráhy, in the direction of Odrava západ, Odrava-Lipnice, Podbořice, Dránský Brod, Hořice nad Litují, Hrubětice město, Hrubětice, Blšov, Hojtín, Ostrohovice, Velké Dvořice, Mladé Pole and Drabantský Kolín, scheduled departure at 5:20 pm.

I don't have that much of a clue about trains, but I have to say that I'm really impressed with your progress in Drabantia and with your train station drawings, they're amazing! Oh, and btw, Downtown Odrava looks totally fine, I'm not sure why you want to completely redo it --Stjur (talkOGF) 20:46, 11 December 2017 (CET)

Thank you very much💚💚 The city center of Odrava is illogical and not very organic, I feel like I can do better. --Eklas (talk) 23:38, 11 December 2017 (CET)

Bloody hell. I'm not sure whether to applaud your work or call the men in white coats. This railway is going to have to go into the books as one of OGF's best projects, if not for the scale of it then certainly the detail. Most people, myself included, would be content to bung in a railway line and call it a day (I don't care if the line isn't logical, St Austelline will just have to put up with it!), but then there's you actually going into the effort to detail it to the standard you have. I don't know how you worked out that timetable, but that's dedication. And then we have that draughtsmanship (and handwriting). Maybe when it comes time to link up the great cities of Vodeo with railway lines, I'll just call in the Drabantians and let them sort it out. Rum and bananas will be provided with our compliments. ParAvion (talk) 21:51, 11 December 2017 (CET)

Wow, I'm so flattered by this, thank you💚💚 The timetable and the sketch are a side product. When I couldn't work on the railway but couldn't stop thinking about it, I would channel my creativity and energy into these. Oh by the way, Drabantians love exotic fruit and booze, so they would be very interested in this offer. --Eklas (talk) 23:38, 11 December 2017 (CET)

Well, I do not see qanything special when I look at that line. It looks like the speed of mapping was more important than making details which makes your mapping very unique and beautiful. The line itself is... well, just a railway. You drew nice sketches of the building but I really would to see it on the map. Also some curves need to be smoothier if trains should ride it with speed bigger than50 km/h, which is needful for passenger railway. What I find interesting and worth to remember is te power station near Kolin and Alžbětín, the rest seems unfinished. --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 22:33, 11 December 2017 (CET)

Hi, thanks for the comment, I see some of your points and some I don't. In case you're not familiar, I prefer being minimalist when it comes to mapping the countryside. In other words, yes, I don't have time to map every individual plot of farmland, but I'm also not going to plop down a 30 x 30 kilometer polygon tagged landuse=meadow as you might do, because that doesn't feel right to me either. I focus on the most important, dynamic parts - such as forests and residential areas.
Many thanks for reminding me the railway is a railway. That's a beautiful observation. I have no idea where you got your data, but according to a 1983 publication[1] I borrowed from the Technical Library specifically for the purpose of drawing this railway, with a 160 mm Cant you can have 75 km/h on 350 m, which is the smallest diameter on the 020. --Eklas (talk) 23:38, 11 December 2017 (CET)
I can at least agree with idea about poor filling the landocover but I thought rather about towns and villages. And then you ensured me that curve radius are too small. Maybe I was mistaken about he size of the curves (they looked more alike 250 than 350 m) but 350 m is not enaugh. According to this document (in polish) from my Alma Mater the radius of a curve on main line in mountaineus region should be 600 m (there is a table on page 2). --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 01:31, 12 December 2017 (CET)
I have measured all of them in JOSM when drawing them. I can't and will not deny that a larger radius is always better, but so what? The railway was built in 1860, when trains could barely go over 50 km/h anyway and building tunnels and bridges was hard and expensive. The 020 is not inherently a high-speed line today either. There are tons of other infrastructure projects in Drabantia money gets poured into instead, the 20 or so kilometers with a maximum speed of 75 or 80 km/h are not a big deal. --Eklas (talk) 07:20, 12 December 2017 (CET)
Well, I thought it is a major line because it connects capitals of culturally and linguistically close countries. If not it is ok to have local speed restrictions. But in fact building tunnels and bridges was not more expensive 150 years ago than today, some sources say it was a bit cheaper. Why? Because they used prisoners or low-cost workers to build them and sometimes one tunnel caused hundreds of deaths. Also cost of the tunnel depends mostly from the ground which is around it. If around the planned tunnel is only a hard rock (for example granite) everything we must do to build it is remove the rock, other building materials are not required. Bridges are different but most of the old bridges were constructed from wood which was very cheap at the time. --Rüstem Paşa Discussion 20:59, 12 December 2017 (CET)

First of all, the railway line and its surroundings look amazing and very realistic. I would love to take a ride on this line. Second, the paper drafts are so detailed, it's absolutely stunning! If only I could draw like that. As I said before, the handwriting is on point too. And the timetable. It's a masterpiece. One thing is clear: you've put much work into this. I would love to do the same once with a railway line in Paroy (... actually, I am already doing a similarish thing with the line from Castmore to Callonsbridge 🤔). But this is really impressive Eklas! I'm already looking forward to what you bring to Drabantia and OGF in 2018. —PC (talk · bliki) 22:51, 11 December 2017 (CET)

Wow, thank you💚💚 You're doing amazing with the Castmore - Callonsbridge line, the town of Castmore looks beautiful. --Eklas (talk) 23:38, 11 December 2017 (CET)

Unreal my friend, you're an inspiration to the rest of us. This is some amazing work you've put together. I for one wish I could draw diagrams even a little like yourself. Turnsole80 (talk) 12:31, 12 December 2017 (CET)

Thank you so much💚💚 --Eklas (talk) 18:43, 12 December 2017 (CET)

Its just a railway - but its a lovely railway. Well done Eklas!--Udilugbuldigu (talk) 17:18, 12 December 2017 (CET)

Thanks! --Eklas (talk) 18:43, 12 December 2017 (CET)

Very nice drawings! I did some during the summer as well, though I didn't share them and now that's unoriginal. Also, I didn't actually know there was a city named Kolín in CZ. I might rename it but to what 0.o? Cheers--mfnowacki (talk) 17:26, 12 December 2017 (CET)

Kolín, Köln, Cölln, Neukölln - this name isn't exactly rare, I think you're fine. Also thanks --Eklas (talk) 18:43, 12 December 2017 (CET)
  1. 'Železniční provoz' - Antonický et al, Nadas, 1983.
  2. Retrieved from ""