Starting today, the Silvania route (Jibou – Zalau Nord – Sarmasag / Cluj Napoca) is available on the site!
The “Silvania” route has a total length of 135km and includes the line 412 Sarmasag – Zalau Nord – Jibou – Var h, (50 km), a non-electrified section that was remastered, thus improving the scenery using strictly elements from the Romanian Asset Pack , and line 301 Zalau Nord – Cluj Napoca, (85 km), electrified section, which includes a sector of the main line 300 from Nadasel to Cluj Napoca, presented in a modernized and electrified version.
Line 301 does not really exist, it was designed and built using 3D DEM SRTM30 terrain, and satellite imagery to make the most plausible route between the two main cities, the goal being a journey time of less than 80-90 minutes actually made with the help of bus transport, and a good flow of freight trains. Benefiting from speeds ranging 70 to 140 km/h, we can thus obtain journey times of 52 minutes, for a non-stop train and 88 minutes for a regional omnibus train.
This new section includes numerous works of art, those standing out being the 10 tunnels with a cumulative length of 16.6 km, the longest being the “Meses Tunnel” of 5995m in length and the second being the “Sâncraiu Almașului Tunnel” with a length of 3565m.
We also find numerous slopes that can reach 22.5 per thousand for short portions and 20 per thousand for longer portions. Line 301 “Zalau Nord – Cluj Napoca” represents our ambition to build a new railway line, in the virtual environment of Dovetail Games Train Simulator, a novelty in the Romanian community of railway simulation.