Thursday, May 2, 2019

GN Train #6, The Cascadian, in 1940

Here are some screenshots from an upcoming scenario for the West Expansion of the GN Cascadian Route.

This scenario will model the eastbound GN Train #6, The Cascadian, the daily all-stops local from Seattle to Spokane. The scenario will be split in three parts, part 1 will feature the steam-powered run from Everett up into the mountains to Skykomish, where an electric engine will take over for the run over Stevens Pass.

This series of scenarios will be based on GN's 1940 Public Timetable. I'm also planning to write the return run (Train #5) and, if time permits, more passenger runs using real timetable data. In our route's era, there are several possibilities for passenger runs: the Oriental Limited, the Empire Builder, the Fast Mail, and the Cascadian.

But let's begin with #6 on its way from Everett to Sky. The real #6 probably didn't run with a mighty S-2 class Northern on this stretch, a Mountain or even a lighter engine would have sufficed. But since we have this wonderful S-2 from Rick and it's freeware...

#360 to Vancouver is 15 minutes behind schedule

Leaving Snohomish

Monroe

Sultan

Gold Bar

Flagstop at Reiter

Index

Thundering towards Skykomish

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Minerman's B&O New Boxcars

Minerman's latest 40 ft boxcars have rolled in, and they are real beauties!


You can download them, together with eleven other 40 ft boxcars, on my website.

Friday, April 19, 2019

ATSF, GN & BN Cabooses (Re-Release)

Now available on my website:

ATSF Rebuilt Ce-1 Class Cabooses

GN (BN) Class X200 Cabooses

These two add-ons are re-releases of older add-ons that were previously available at Trains & Drivers which have not been available for quite some time. Now they are back as freeware.

The GN caboose pack also got a small update and now includes two cars each in GN's late Big Sky Blue livery and also in BN green. I assume due to their age these cars saw mainly yard and transfer service in their final years on the BN.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Erie-Lackawanna

Here's a little side project I've worked on over the last couple of weeks: some Erie-Lackawanna equipment! Now available on my website are an EL EMD GP7-Pack and an EL Dunmore Caboose Pack.

These go really well together with Minerman's recently published New York Division 40 ft Boxcars Pack!


Saturday, March 9, 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

More Progress on the Cascadian-West

Here are some screenshots of our latest work on the western expansion of the Cascadian route.




Sunday, February 3, 2019

Route Progress Index - Grotto

Here are a few new progress screenshots, this time towards the eastern end of the non-electrified section between Everett and Skykomish.

Lumber mill at Grotto

Index with the old lumber and shingle mill in the background

Close-up view of the Index-Galena lumber mill