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ward-stolk



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:27 pm    Post subject: The Cosmopolitan Railway Reply with quote

The Cosmopolitan Railway was originally envisioned by William Gilpin, in this 1890 treatise 'Cosmopolitan Railway: Compacting and Fusing Together All the World's Continents'. His ideas, however, never came to fruition.

In the 1990, a rich investor and train-enthusiast had the idea of bringing back the glory days of long-distance rail travel. He therefor set out to collect and restore old trains and set up a (mainly European) network of luxury trains (the trains themselves come from all over the world, mainly according to the fancy of the investor). The trains are not solely catering for the super rich however, each train usually also has one or two coaches with regular seating.

In his search for a location to base the company 'Cosmopolitan Railways' the investor turned to Genoveva. Genoveva is a very small principality on the Black Sea. In the nineteenth century it attracted a lot of wealthy tourist that spent their holidays in and around the capitol of Genoveva, Danopol. After the first world war, Genoveva's tourism industry was already declining, before coming to a complete stand still after the second world war. Though independent (and too small to be bothered with), Genoveva was surrounded by communist countries and any connection with 'The West' was lost. After the fall of communism in the early 1990's, Genoveva actively sought to regain some of its 19th century glory.

Long story short, Genoveva allowed Cosmopolitan Railways (CR) a huge tax cut, if they would base their company (and the wagon and locomotive works) in Danopol. Furthermore, it was agreed upon between the CR and the government of Genoveva that the CR would assume responsibility for the Principal Railways of Genoveva (PRG) as well. The only PRG line still in use is the 50km or so mainline, the branchline into the mountains, as well as the short narrow gauge line have long since been closed.

The decision proved very fruitful to both the CR and Genoveva. The CR has grown into a major player in tourist travel, connecting many of Europe's famous cities with luxury long distance trains and Genoveva has regained much of its former glory (not least through a series of renovation projects paid for by EU funds - how they did that without being a member state is still somewhat of a mystery).
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Construction on the layout started somewhere in early 2012, with the construction of the bridge over the river Dan (after which the capitol Danopol - City on the Dan) is named.





The layout will consist a dogbone (on the high level), with a branch to the main station (on the low level). The following picture shows the location where the branch to the main station connects to the dogbone.



Clearly visible, the higher level mainline, with the bridge over the river Dan and the lower level where the station will be (the Pullman coaches are more or less where the platform will be)



The station that will be used by the CR is the former PRG station. A 'renovation' in the 1960's saw the original arched roof of the station building being replaced with the current regular roof. The CR intents to restore this station building to its former glory. In the background, one of the latest additions to the CR fleet can be seen, five Australian coaches (4 Ghan and 1 Indian Pacific)



Work has slowly progressed on the layout and the first tracks on the lower level are shown in the picture below



In the mean time all the tracks of the first phase of the lower level have been laid and wired and the trains can move all the way up to the mainline (but not on the mainline) on their own motive power. More pictures will follow later.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super idea Ward, it allows just about anything to run on the layout. Freelance countries are definitely a useful ruse for mix and match trains. We often see multi-moding in the magazine where the same layout plays host to two or three nationalities of trains, but not usually all at once. Very Happy
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Jordan



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does look a lot of fun!! Those bridges are great - longer than some whole layouts in MTI-land!!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the last months, all tracks of phase 1 on the lower part of the layout have been laid and wired (phase two will be the engine depot, which has yet to be designed). A first step in balasting has been made as well. Furthermore, this week three VIA-rail coaches arrived from Walthers (three more to follow in early 2014). This train I have fond memories of, as I travelled it across Canada.

In the background you can see the Principal Museum of Natural History (kitbashed from a Baden Baden station, so that it became low relief and almost twice as wide - and there are enough parts left to make a start with the opera house Smile ). The museum is more or less in the place it will finally be. The only difference being of course that it will be above the tracks rather than on it (but for that to happen, I first need to put the World Map hanging on the wall a bit higher).

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