Brief Overview of the Galaxy Railways System (Plus Big Thank You)

[Kritik der Animationskraft passed the second round of the Aniblog Tourney today, thanks to your support :)  The third round will begin on May 24th]

I did not create the map below.  I only translated it from the original in the source site linked to at the end of this post.

The map provides an overview of the main service lines in the Galaxy Railways system at the time of Galaxy Express 999.  Below is some information on the trains servicing each line.  For those of you not aware of Japanese train terminology (as it’s usually translated), express trains run faster (and stop less often) than regular trains.  Limited express trains are even faster than express trains, and super express trains are the fastest.

1. Great Galaxy Main Line

This line goes from Earth to Andromeda, either by way of Pleiades and Orion (Tetsuro’s route) or by way of Nike and Emeraldas Junction.

999 – A super express train that covers the entire line.

998 – A limited express train that only covers the Earth-Trader leg.

[Apparently there are several other trains on this line.]

2. Galaxy Center Line

This line actually begins in Pluto and ends in Emeraldas Junction, but there is a direct service from Earth to Pluto.

111 – A limited express train that covers the entire line.

3. Great Orion Line

This line goes from Orion to Great King (the destination planet in the TV series Starzinger).

222 – A limited express train that covers the entire line.

4. Capella Express Line

This line goes from Earth to Capella.

333 – A limited express train that covers the entire line.

Vegallus 3 – An express train that covers the entire line.

The 333 and the Vegallus 3 take turns, each running for one year, then resting one year, etc.

5. Inner Galaxy Loop Line

Belying the map above, this line apparently follows the following route: Capella, Mother Venus, Orion, Nike, Arcadia, Earth, Vega, Capella again.

444 – A limited express train that covers the entire line.

From top right to bottom left: 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 888, 999.

6. Orion Great Loop Line.

This line begins and ends at Orion, stopping at several planets (including Earth and Arcadia) along the way.

555 – A limited express train that covers the entire line.

7. Magellan Connection Line

This line connects the Magellans, Nike and Mother Venus.  It also stops at Balan, the planet in Space Battleship Yamato that lies halfway between Earth and Iscandar.

666 – A limited express train that covers the entire line.

Magellanian 4 – An express that covers the entire line.

The 666 and the Magellanian 4 take turns, each running for one year, then resting one year, etc.

* 323 – A limited express train known as the “Magellan Express” runs through this line in Galaxy Railways.  It is unclear whether this is the successor to the 666 or another train covering the same route.

8. Mystery Out-of-Galaxy Line

This line was still unfinished at the time of Galaxy Express 999.  It went from Orion, through Pleiades, then Earth to Octopus and beyond the Milky Way into parts unknown.  The Out-of-Galaxy Main Line featured in Galaxy Railways 999 is likely the finished product.

777 – A limited express train that covers the entire line.

Pleiades J3 – An express that covers the entire line.

The 777 and the Pleiades J3 take turns, each running for one year, then resting one year, etc.

9. Aldebaran Loop Line

Despite its appearance on the map, this line does not form a complete loop, as it runs from Trader (via Emeraldas Junction and Nike) to Aldebaran.  It is possible that some kind of regular connection service exists between Aldebaran and Trader, however.

888 – A limited express that covers the entire line.

Aldebaran 3 – An express train that covers the Trader-Nike leg.

Aldebaran 6 – An express train that covers the Nike-Aldebaran leg.

The 888 and the two express trains take turns.  The 888 runs for a year, then Aldebaran 3 and 6 run for a year, etc.

SOURCES: [1] [2]

~ by Haloed Bane on May 10, 2012.

18 Responses to “Brief Overview of the Galaxy Railways System (Plus Big Thank You)”

  1. Congratulations on beating a good blog. In any case I think yours is a cut above almost everything else. Posts like this prove it.

    Seeing all those trains together is… I don’t even have the words for it. But yeah, it feels good.

    • Congratulations to you too! I’m really getting into these trains, actually. There’s lots and lots of stuff about them online.. I regret now not buying one of the big train catalogs I saw in Japan (I didn’t even understand how someone could be otaku for vehicles back then).

  2. Fascinating. It’s great to see this I’ve always wondered were all these trains were going to and from.

    • There’s actually schedules for them too! Like, if the 222 departs on July 1st it will arrive at such planet on August 24th, and so on and so on. What we need is someone that knows how to plot stuff on astronomy software and we could actually do a model of the train lines in space (most of the planets serviced by GR exist in real life, so it’s actually doable). I think a software called Celestia could do the trick, and there’s already people devising maps about Star Trek and other series on it, but no Leiji so far..

      • that’s always been the other thing I’ve wondered. I get the 999 leaves earth once a year but how many earth days pass by time they get to La Matle in Andromeda

  3. Congrats on making it through to the next round! Twas a fine victory and well deserved.

  4. Congratulations on your victory!

  5. Thanks, ‘bees~

  6. Guess what I’ve set as wallpaper just now… Looks awesome!

  7. The Mystery Out-of-Galaxy Line might be heading towards the former Dark Nebula Empire (Double Galaxy) holding. IT should have settled since Yamato was there centuries before hand.

    Hopefully the former Gamilon Empire worlds host the rails well, because Balan was a rather boring dark planet, and the old heart of the Empire is long gone these days.

    Does make you wonder about the Galman Empire (the new Gamilon State) in the core worlds of the Milky Way Galaxy. They seem to be rather quiet by Harlock and Maetel’s time.

    • I guess we’ll have to dip into starblazers.com and the leijiverse integrated timeline to see what we can find… The Galaxy Railways franchise mentions a lot more lines within the Milky Way, so it’s possible the star systems of Galman are there somewhere (but I’m not acquainted with Galman at all so I can’t say).

      • I was under the impression something happened to the empire after series 3. All i can tell you is in the Starblasers reborn webcomic Earth was hiding the existence of the continued existence of Deslar’s empire from the public.

        • I thought in the films it was destroyed? Depends how canonical they are for Leiji san – by that time ISTR he’d washed his hands of the franchise! (or had been pushed out… ISTR there’s a lot of history/bad blood between Matsumoto and the other guy that doesn’t make either of them look too great…)

          But – looks like they’re back in Mahoroba, so maybe a remnant escaped with Dessler to found yet another colony?

          Oh mama – Harlock vs Dessler… I’d pay to see THAT showdown!! ;-P (Dessler being the only reason I bother watching Yamato!)

          • If one goes by one of the manga versions, it would be a rematch.

            And while the capital was kind of wrecked, along with probably a chunk of the Empire by whatever that dimentional galaxy contrived nonsense was in Final Yamato…Galactic sized Empires are rather largish thing. There would be the old Gamilon holdings (and population) as well as other planets since the Empire was not bound to single worlds like Earth was in those days. Kind of what is shown in Tim Eldred’s webcomic, but also might be expanded on in the new Yamato 2199 series.

  8. […] is from the series Starzinger.  I touch on Great King very briefly [here].  I’m Starzinger-illiterate, so any info on her would be […]

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