2 Railroads, 140 miles, 4 Locos, and More!
Written by Gary Dolzall
The now-available B&O Mountain Subdivision route for Train Simulator is loaded with locomotives, route miles, equipment, and scenarios – all created in highly detailed and authentic fashion!
Now available, the new Train Simulator B&O Mountain Subdivision route is a treasure trove of railroading action – 140 route miles including B&O’s entire Mountain Subdivision and Cumberland Terminal plus 30 miles of Western Maryland’s Thomas Subdivision; four exquisitely modeled locomotives; more than 20 types of freight equipment; and thirteen realistic and challenging career scenarios!
Created for Train Simulator by High Iron Simulations with the team of expert and renowned developers who built the popular CSX Hanover Subdivision route, the new B&O Mountain Subdivision is also exceptionally rich in detail and authenticity.
Let’s take at look at what’s included in the new B&O Mountain Subdivision route:
2 Railroads and 140 main line miles: B&O’s 101-mile Mountain Subdivision, extending from the famed railroad towns of Cumberland, Maryland and Grafton, West Virginia crosses three legendary grades – 17-Mile Grade; Cranberry Grade; Cheat River Grade; and Newburn Grade. Also included is B&O’s sprawling Cumberland Terminal and 30 miles of the Western Maryland’s Thomas Subdivision extending from Cumberland to Hampshire, West Virginia! In addition to rugged mountain railroading, the route features classic railroad structures such as the B&O and WM stations at Cumberland and B&O’s memorable lineside towers, and is rich in large lineside shippers including coal mines and cement, steel, paper, and manufacturing plants.
4 diesel locomotives: Highlighting the B&O Mountain Subdivision route’s locomotive fleet is an all-new Electro-Motive six-axle SD35 created by DTM in Chessie System, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and two Western Maryland schemes. The SD35 is joined by a Chessie System EMD GP40-2, two versions of the landmark EMD GP9, and EMD’s versatile SW-series switchers. Each of the diesel locomotives included with the B&O Mountain Subdivision features authentic air brake systems (24L for the GP9; 26L for the SD35 and GP40-2, and 6BL for the EMD SW-series) as developed especially for this route by Mike Rennie of Smokebox.
20+ types of freight equipment: An expansive fleet of more than 20 types of freight rolling stock wearing Chessie, B&O, C&O, WM, and other CSX predecessor liveries, along with thirteen highly authentic career scenarios, brings superb realism and nearly endless operating experiences to the route. The equipment ranges from 55-, 70-, and 100-ton hoppers in multiple styles to piggyback flats and boxcars and includes B&O’s famed I-12 “wagon top” caboose and Western Maryland’s 1800-series caboose, each in multiple liveries!
13 career scenarios: High Iron Simulations is noted for its realistic and challenging scenarios and the B&O Mountain Subdivision route includes thirteen authentic career scenarios that will put you to work aboard all four locomotive types to handle coal drags, fast piggybacks, manifest freights, locals, and switching duties. And the route is Quick-Drive (QD) enabled. The B&O Mountain Subdivision is an extraordinary, historic, and challenging Train Simulator route – and it is now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
Now available, the Train Simulator B&O Mountain Subdivision route is a treasure trove of railroading action – 140 route miles; four diesel locomotives; more than 20 types of freight equipment; and thirteen realistic career scenarios! Approaching Cumberland with an eastbound manifest, four EMD GP9s cross the arched span which gives Viaduct Junction its name. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
In addition to rugged and memorable mountain railroading, the new B&O Mountain Subdivision route features numerous classic railroad structures. Four Chessie System EMD GP40-2s are gliding past Cumberland’s famed Queen City Hotel and station with a Trailer Jet piggyback. Note: Screenshots may depict content in development.
Tower ND stands in the background as a Chessie System manifest comes off the Mountain Subdivision at Viaduct Junction on the west side of Cumberland. Viaduct Junction is the connecting point between the Mountain Subdivision and B&O’s Sand Patch Grade line.
The B&O Mountain Subdivision route hosts a variety of large online shippers, few more sprawling than the giant paper plant at West Virginia Central Junction which is served by both the B&O and Western Maryland (above). Adjacent to the paper plant is the wood yard in Piedmont, West Virginia, where a Chessie Geep works the yard as a B&O manifest rolls past on the main line (below).
Along with the complete 101-mile B&O Mountain Subdivision and Cumberland Terminal, the new Train Simulator route from High Iron Simulations includes 30 miles of the scenic Western Maryland Thomas Subdivision. At Westernport, Maryland, a duo of EMD GP9s are working westbound (above). Also on the WM line, at aptly named Rocket Center, West Virginia, is a government ballistics complex, where a B&O SW1200 is handling switching duties (below).
Numerous small towns and villages dot the Mountain Subdivision route. Under a threatening summer sky, B&O GP9s are working a local freight through Oakland, Maryland (above), while on a wintry day, B&O EMD SD35 and kin are powering a coal drag through famed Terra Alta, West Virginia at the summit of Cranberry Grade (below).
With the St Louis Trailer Jet in tow, a quartet of Chessie System EMD GP40-2s have just crossed the Cheat River bridge and hustle through Rowlesburg, West Virginia. Across the river is M&K Junction where the Mountain Subdivision and B&O’s Kingwood Subdivision connect.
On a route where dramatic Allegheny Mountain scenery is the norm, few locations are more stunning that B&O’s Tray Run Viaduct west of Rowlesburg on the Cheat River Grade. Across the valley is a large cement plant and mountainside quarry served by the B&O Kingwood Subdivision, a portion of which is also included in the new route.
Flashy in vibrant Chessie System vermillion, yellow, and blue livery, EMD GP40-2s have a hotshot piggyback in tow at Tunnelton, West Virginia. High Iron Simulations is noted for its realistic scenarios and the B&O Mountain Subdivision route includes thirteen authentic career scenarios that will put you to handle coal drags, fast piggybacks, manifest freights, locals, and switching duties.
Morning shadow lay long as an eastbound departs Grafton and passes East Grafton’s GN Tower. On the point is Western Maryland SD35 7436 in “Circus colors” livery. Joining the SD35 on the new Mountain Subdivision route is the Chessie System EMD GP40-2, two versions of the landmark EMD GP9, and EMD’s versatile SW-series switchers.
Few cities in America were more well known as “railroad towns,” than Grafton, West Virginia. A set of Chessie GP9s have empties in tow as they pass Grafton’s classic B&O station and towering Willard Hotel. Grafton was junction point between the Mountain Subdivision and B&O’s Fairmount, Parkersburg, and Cowen Subdivisions and was host to a large yard complex, shops, and a roundhouse.
With a quartet of potent Electro-Motive SD35s on the point, an eastbound coal drag splits a pair of B&O’s distinctive color-position-light (CPL) signals on the Cheat River Grade. The B&O Mountain Subdivision is an extraordinary, historic, and challenging Train Simulator route – and it is now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!
2 Railroads, 140 miles, 4 Locos, and More!