The fictional route The Koeblitzer Bergland 3.0 represents the area of Trier in the Rheinland district. This fictional route has been set up and was extraordinary due to the way the creator added the realistyic effect of the flora and agricultural environment which made this route and the freeware routealtenburg – Wildau famous by trainsimmers. The Altenburg- Wildau route is the test verrsion of the Koeblitzer Bergland route whcih came later and was a payware expansion of the Altenburg – Wildau route itself.
The original route itself contains also a lot of Dutch influence and therefore the route can be used as e part of the Dutch area Zuid Limburg (South Limburg). These area is very intresting for train spotters and tran chasers and is more like a triangular railway line between Weert, Heerlen and Maastricht with connections to Aachen, Eindhoven Venlo and Liége. In the 70’s there was a variety ot trains running through this area with Belgium and German trains and the Dutch DMU’s better known as “Blauwe Engel” (Blue Angel).
Since the late 80’s the most scenic railway “Miljoenenlijn” ceased service and the Blua Angels disappeared and became scrapped. This has set up a volunteer club trying to save this scenic line that runs between Valkenburg and Heerlen via Simpelveld and Kerkrade. With succes because the line get saved and is now operated by the ZLSM running severall times a year with regular services with steam hauled trains and a German DMU.
The Koeblitzer Mountain Route fits this area the most and Steamtrains Unlimited is now working on this project to have the line more in Dutch style equipped with Dutch signals and Level Crossings. The first attempt to convert this line into a Dutch railway line came to a hold after a major crash. This week Steamtrains Unlimited started to convert the line again into the Dutch style railway line aiming for the area of South Limburg.
(Photo’s above: Nico Spilt and J.C.G. v.d. Meene (klassieke beveiliging))
Old screenshot of the early attempt of the conversion:
The diesel hauled Plan E were not common for South Limburg but runs at the Northern lines in the Netherlands. Here class 2200 departs Hosven heading for Wildau.
The class 2200 with Plan E coaches at the junction to the North just outside WIldau.
A EMU Mat 54 with Dutch catenary and a Dutch Approach signal. This part is most like the line between Heerlen and Kerkrade West.
New screenshots of the new started conversion:
A class 3700 departs Hosven towards Wildau recreating the ZLSM.
A freight train hauled by a class 6100 is waiting for of the passenger train.
The passenger train arrives at the small station. Mention the 3700 with a local train and the diesel engine class 2400 at the right. at the flank a semaphore approach signal is visable.
More images of the conversion are coming soon.
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