TS19: The Island Awaits!
Enjoy the striking scenes and summer holiday services of the island of Rügen, as our latest route – Inselbahn: Stralsund to Sassnitz – is available now for Train Simulator!
Rails were built over the island of Rügen to bring Germany and Sweden closer together, and today, the same rails carry passengers wishing to make a holiday away from the big cities.
Having stood since 1905, the current Stralsund Hbf marks the start of journey to Rügen. Intercity Express services call here to allow interchange with intercity and regional services onto the island. The station was renovated in the 1990s, complete with a modern glass roof over the concourse.
Shortly after departing south out of Stralsund, the railway takes a sharp U-turn to face north east, and comes across the Strelasund – the body of water that separates Rügen from mainland Germany. The first bridge over the water is a swing bridge that can allow boat traffic to pass underneath, and after a brief stay on the tiny island of Dänholm, the main crossing begins.
The approach into Lietzow is one of the most unique; after rolling through the hills the railway starts running alongside the Kleiner Jasmunder Bodden, a type of lagoon, before being flanked on both sides by the larger North Rügen Bodden. The railway drops to single-track running here, although the overhead wires recall a time where the section was once in fact double-tracked. After Lietzow, the line splits in two.
The single-track branch line to Binz started construction in the late 1930s, although it would not see consistent use until 1952. It was built because Binz is the largest seaside resort on Rügen, and once the island was connected to the mainland, holiday traffic could be catered for. Today, it is served by regular intercity and regional trains, as well as specials on weekends which reach out as far as Prague.
The terminus of the island’s main line, Sassnitz, marks the gateway to Sweden and is the destination for both regular passenger and freight traffic. There are two stations of note, one serving the town itself, and another which is connected to a ferry terminal, allowing passengers to continue their journey along the Baltic Sea.
All told, the island of Rügen is packed with unique and memorable locations and railway operations, and you can now explore it from coast to coast, as the Inselbahn: Stralsund – Sassnitz route has arrived for Train Simulator!
- 68 km (42 mile) route from Stralsund to Sassnitz and Ostseebad Binz
- DB BR 120 in DB Traffic Red livery
- DB BR 155 in DB Traffic Red livery
- DB BR 143 in Clean, Weathered and Heavily Weathered DB Traffic Red livery
- DoppelStock (DoSto) vehicles & control car in Clean, Weathered and Heavily Weathered DB Regio livery
- ARkimbz, Avmz & Bmpz coaches in DB Intercity livery
- Eanos x052, Kkt & Ktmm Hopper Wagons in DB livery
- Shimmns & Habbins Wagons in various liveries
- SGGRSS-B Container Wagons in various liveries
- 7 Career Scenarios
- 3 Railfan Mode Scenarios
- Quick Drive Compatible
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TS19: The Island Awaits!