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Old March 28th, 2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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MISC | Small successful railways

Small successful railways in this thread, it can be both passengers and freight.

I'll start with Denmarks smallest operating line:

It was constructed as an freight rail in 1899-1900 between Lyngby and Vedbæk just north of Copenhagen, a 12,1 km route. Later, when Vedbæk was served by a much faster regional train (public known as Kystbanen) it was shortened from Vedbæk to Nærum, and when they build a highway just around Lyngby station, the rail didn't fit, and was moved to the next station, Jægersborg, on another line so it still integrated with a direct route to Copenhagen. So today its 7,9 km long, has normal gauge, speed limit of 75 km/h.

It is one of the most successful and profitable private companies in Denmark, when you compare its distance and expenses to the others.

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It runs through a high end middle class suburb.


Here's it a Nærum station:


About half way from Jægersborg to Nærum



It runs a long this river called Mølleåen, at which there was some factories at.




It crosses the river here to get north to Nærum


Its that little brown line
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Old March 28th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #2
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About half way from Jægersborg to Nærum

Nice and it's cute!
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Old March 28th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #3
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Nice tread! Fine example of small but adequate train product. How many people make use of this?
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Old March 28th, 2011, 12:14 PM   #4
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I can't find a number of users, but its a lot, considering its size and area. The main reason is that it runs to Lyngby, a beautiful suburb city, with a big mall and nice streets, and then to Jægersborg, from where there is at least 3 trains an hour to Copenhagen by s-train, and back again. Its very useful for those who live near it, cost the same as bus and s-train and with the same ticket system, so its really easy to use.

School children, people who work near its route and/or commute by the s-train system, along with passengers to Lyngby city, are the main travels.

It was the first private company to upgrade from these "y-trains" to new stock:

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Old March 28th, 2011, 12:59 PM   #5
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Interesting thread, please post new threads in the thread finder though, please. Makes my job a lot easier.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 01:27 PM   #6
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I didn't know it worked like that, will do!
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Old March 28th, 2011, 01:44 PM   #7
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Thank you! I just go through new threads reminding people to stick a reference on the thread finder these days so I can keep it up to date (I check it at least once a day). Once I have added the thread to the finder I delete the post so it's easier to keep things in check.

Keep up the new updates, it's great to see the forum more active!
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Old June 11th, 2011, 02:10 PM   #8
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Pinzgauer Lokalbahn (Salzburg, Austria)

Formerly a neglected narrow-gauge railway operated by ÖBB, this local railway line prosperes, ever since if was taken over by Salzburger Lokalbahn, a local operator.

It is 52,611 km long and connects the Pinzgau region with the rest of the Austrian rail network. (for a list of stations go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinzgauer_Lokalbahn)


modern push-pull train with Vs 81 diesel loco (WP)


these short railcars were inherited from ÖBB (WP)


(Pinzgualokalbahn.at)


some trains are operated with historic rolling stock (http://www.direkthomepage.de/userdat...ll_krimml.html)


Even freight services were started again. Special transport wagons are used to carry normal gauge wagons on the narrow gauge network.

Here's the operators website (in german): http://www.pinzgauer-lokalbahn.info
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Old June 14th, 2011, 05:33 AM   #9
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Lovely thread. Very picturesque!
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Old June 15th, 2011, 10:19 AM   #10
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Quote:
Denmarks smallest operating line
I wonder that the life expectancy for such a rail track that sees only those lightweight 49,2t RegioSprinter-s should be at least 80 years? What do you think? It's about as much as lifetime of one generation of people.

Anybody here to know how to calculate the life expectancy of the rails?

I tried one but I doubt on it's validness:P
According to timetable the rail sees 144 movements per day(workday) so...

It should give 144 movements * 49,2 tonnes = 7084,8 tonnes per day 2578867,2 tonnes per year, about 2,5 megatons per year.
Now if rail lasts 250 megatons then the rails should about 100 years
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Old June 15th, 2011, 10:07 PM   #11
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A fantastic example is the Vinschgerbahn/Ferrovia della Val Venosta in Southern Tyrol, Italy, between Meran/Merano and Vals/Valles Venosta.
The railway line, an non-electrified island of 60 kms length, was abandonnes by Ferrovie dello Stato in 1990. In 2005, the line was opened again and is now operated by the Provincial authorities (the Provincial transit company SAD, to be precise, operates 12 Stadler GTW DMUs on that line). It was totally upgrated (rennovated stations, etc.). A bike path along the full length was buildt and provides a lot of passengers during the summer as the daytrip down the valley and up again on train became very popular. During the whole year, locals and especially pupils use the train (there is one every hour, every 30 mins during peak times) as it is faster than the bus on the heavily congested Resia national road. The trains are equipped with ticket machines and racks for touristic information, etc.

Mals station (terminus): direct connection to the provincial bus network - there's even a direct international connection to the Swiss Engadin valley


Marling station before and after renovation


Similar wooden structures can be found at every station, the are part of the CI and provide schedules, etc.


Train en route:




Train at Mals
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Old June 16th, 2011, 03:05 AM   #12
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Last december a serious accident happened on this railway. 9 people died, more than 20 were seriously injured.


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The accident was a landslide caused by breakdown of an irrigation pipe uphill. It calls into questions geological monitoring of the ROW done by SAD.
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Old June 16th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #13
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And/or the maintenance done by the owner of the fruit plantation uphill where the valve broke.
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Old June 16th, 2011, 01:21 PM   #14
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anyway its a horrible accident!
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Old June 29th, 2011, 02:54 AM   #15
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This is a cool railway on the Isle of White in the UK.

From wiki
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The Island Line is a railway line on the Isle of Wight, running some 8.5 miles (13.7 km) from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin down the eastern side of the island. The line was electrified (630 V DC third rail) in 1967.[1][2] Trains connect with passenger ferries to Portsmouth Harbour at Ryde Pier Head, and these ferries in turn connect with the rest of the National Rail network. The line also connects to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, a steam-operated heritage railway at Smallbrook Junction. For much of its length the line runs alongside the A3055, criss-crossing this road by means of the Ryde Tunnel and bridges at Rowborough, Morton Common, Lake Hill and Littlestairs.
Since the 60's when the track bead in a tunnel was raised 10 inches to prevent flooding the only trains capable of operating the route are former London Underground units.... the current fleet of trains date from 1938!

Another unusual feature is the Smallbrook Junction station which doesn't have any road or foot access, its sole purpose is to provide an interchange with the Isle of White steam railway.



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Here is a link to a video of the trains, sadly I cant seem to figure out how to embed a youtube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p2LSXVk6QQ
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You need to take the video code (the alphanumeric sequence after the =-) and put them withing brackets, like this

[youtube*]p2LSXVk6QQ[*/youtube]

Just remove the * and it should work.
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It's a fine line thou. The old London Underground stock, actually makes it even nicer IMO. And if any, it's small companies who can maintain stock from 1938, so i'll guess they'll be around for a long time?
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although the greek national railway operator is facing growing financial problems, there is at least one (very scenic) line that covers largely the costs and is worth a ride: the partially cogged Diakofto-Kalavrita line:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diakoft...avryta_Railway
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although the greek national railway operator is facing growing financial problems, there is at least one (very scenic) line that covers largely the costs and is worth a ride: the partially cogged Diakofto-Kalavrita line:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diakoft...avryta_Railway
film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5kJAa27_O8
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The Netherlands - Vechtdallijnen (Zwolle - Emmen and Almelo - Mariënberg)

In the Netherlands there are a few regional railway lines, which are succesfull. One of them is the Vechtdallijnen (lines along the river Vecht in Overijssel and Drenthe). the Vechtdallijnen connect Zwolle with Emmen and Almelo with Mariënberg. In Mariënberg there's an interchange. The provinces of Overijssel and Drenthe and the Region Twente are responsibel for the exploitation of these railway lines. After a tender Arriva won the right to exploit the Vechtdallijnen. But the provinces and region are responsibel for passenger revenges and all the risks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMEkm...layer_embedded


Stadler GTW-E III driven by Arriva


Provinces and Region


First class



Second class


Working area / Silence area


Service desk


Signing at Zwolle


Signing at Mariënberg
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