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Train Simulator Route Proposal: Piedmont Division.

Engine Driver reader Railhead13 has a proposal for a new US Train Simulator route. Is this the next US route for Train Simulator? Let us know what you think by commenting below.  

 

The Piedmont Division is a great route for freight and passengers. This route has a tons of yards owned by Norfolk Southern and CSX. Businesses runs along the route so there is tons of yard switching to do. Tons of Station stops for Amtrak service.  This route starts from Washington DC to South Carolina and the top of Georga.

 

Map of the route.

NCDOT train (Piedmont) Runs from Raleigh, NC to Charlotte, NC.

The Engines they use.

 

 

 

 

25 Comments

  • Posted by Matt93eg (505 Points) on 12/8/2013 10:59:30 PM

    Railworks should do this route for sure. It will be a big hit.

  • Posted by Scott (1065 Points) on 12/4/2013 11:35:40 PM

    This is a good idea what ever east coast route, I would like to see some CSX Trains rolling through TS2014 and beyond!

  • Posted by kd4qr (1005 Points) on 12/3/2013 8:14:11 PM

    Yes, Lets bring it on

  • Posted by nsconductor (1255 Points) on 12/1/2013 6:02:25 AM

    It all depends on which section is going to be built. I'm a conductor on this exact route from Linwood all the way up to Alexandria and over to Riverton. It is 315 miles from Linwood to Alexandria and roughly 50 from Manassas to Riverton on the "B" Line. The "B" Line follows the original Civil War route of the Manassas Gap Railroad through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The main line has the enormous Spencer Yard in Linwood, NC where they had all the NS Heritage units come for the photos, Pomona Yard in Greensboro, NC, Dundee Yard in Danville, VA, Montview Yard in Lynchburg, VA, Manassas Yard in Manassas, VA, and finally Van Dorn and Seminary Yards in Alexandria, VA. Not to mention the small 4 mile branch line back to Vulcan Casanova that breaks off at Calverton and the various set-off tracks in Charlottesville and Culpeper. CSX and Buckingham Branch cross over the diamond there right in Charlottesville and CSX again goes over NS tracks in between Seminary and Van Dorn Yards in Alexandria. Amtrak stops would include: High Point, NC, Greensboro, NC, Danville, VA, Lynchburg, VA, Charlottesville, VA, and Manassas, VA where they then continue on up to CSX tracks just north of Seminary Yard. NCDOT runs their trains down around Greensboro while Virginia Railway Express originates in Manassas and goes north to Washington D.C. Maximum speed is 60 for Intermodal and 50 for Manifest. Trains would include: 12R, 11R, 158, 159, 17M, 18M, 36Q, 35Q, 128, 129, 203, 204, 212, 211, 213, 214, 217, 218, 227, 228, 290, Amtrak 19, 20, 13, 14... In other words.. ITS REALLY BUSY! If this doesn't convince Railworks to get cracking on this route, then I don't know what will!

    • Posted by Railhead13 (2410 Points) on 12/1/2013 7:00:31 AM

      Wow, I never thought it was THAT busy. This might be THE route for RailWorks.

      • Posted by csxnsraildriver (1065 Points) on 12/2/2013 4:34:47 AM

        This route looks AMAZING! How likely is it that this route will be in development? And if it will be in development how long do you think it will be?

        • Posted by Railhead13 (2410 Points) on 12/3/2013 2:11:45 AM

          I say, 3 months if they work on it everyday.

  • Posted by csxnsraildriver (1065 Points) on 12/1/2013 2:54:56 AM

    I beg railworks to PLEASE build this route. I was born and raised in Havelock NC and would love to see it in the simulator.

  • Posted by Tonya Kitten (1725 Points) on 11/30/2013 11:41:17 AM

    o.O Yes please! There must be like several hundred miles of track there right? Oh yeah, i'm IN... do it, do it all... do it ALL i say :D Seriously, we so need this, the possibilities are endless! Awesome suggestion!

    • Posted by Railhead13 (2410 Points) on 12/1/2013 6:02:18 AM

      Ooooh yeah, Its a LONG route.

  • Posted by Railhead13 (2410 Points) on 11/30/2013 5:40:23 AM

    There some sentences missing. NCDOT (Piedmont) Is a train that runs from Raleigh, NC to Charlotte, NC. Piedmont runs 2 trains a day. 1 early in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. 73 & 75 are the trains going to Charlotte and 74 & 76 are coming from Charlotte. This is a Ex Southern line which is now owned by Norfolk Southern.

  • Posted by csxnsraildriver (1065 Points) on 11/28/2013 9:31:45 PM

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  • Posted by Drew (4675 Points) on 11/26/2013 6:49:42 PM

    Yes Yes YES! Please enough witht he West Coast. make sure the equipment also is in the works or made for a package deal. But I must say I am with robertmeuse61 on the NEC. Between NYC and Philly the amount of East West traffic with the Trenton line Atlantic City line the high line and Chemical line to MD and DE in the south North you have the Staten Island line Oak Island to the Tropicana yard which has a float barge for trains to Brooklyn. Incredable bridges lift, draw and turn crossing countless waterways. The river line goes under the tracks leading to the hudson tunnels. The Staten Island line connects to trackage the runs along side of the NJTurnpike up to the Oak Island tracks Newark aiport on one side Port Newark Container docks and Yards the other. Another line leading South to the trenton line and North to the River Linealng route 9/22 cuting in just past the Newark penn station tracks. Google it very massive rail sytem NJT, AMTRACK, SPTA, NS, CSX, PATH. This would also be nice.

  • Posted by Big Panda (1260 Points) on 11/25/2013 9:32:21 PM

    Looking forward to this route and any other route that will bring us up through New England. New York to Boston via the coast line in the 1940's-1950's.

  • Posted by Site User (0 Points) on 11/25/2013 9:01:32 PM

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  • Posted by NorfolkSouthern3173 (505 Points) on 11/25/2013 7:37:25 PM

    Yes please! I railfan this route almost everyday! I live in the Greensboro / High Point, NC area & I have always wanted to be able to play on this route!

  • Posted by Corespy (2555 Points) on 11/25/2013 2:14:33 PM

    I would think if we wanted a midwest route, it would have to be BNSFs' Racetrack!

    • Posted by TrainSim-Simon (16430 Points) on 11/25/2013 4:18:45 PM

      LiGj, by 'the Racetrack' do you mean the BNSF line from Chicago to Aurora, IL?

      • Posted by Alexjv12 (1055 Points) on 11/25/2013 7:41:58 PM

        I think the Racetrack was between Chicago and Fort Wayne. But i think that the daily race between the Broadway limited and the Century limited was in the racetrack too between Englwood (a miles down Union Station) and Elkart along the lake shore.

      • Posted by Alexjv12 (1055 Points) on 11/25/2013 7:42:03 PM

        I think the Racetrack was between Chicago and Fort Wayne. But i think that the daily race between the Broadway limited and the Century limited was in the racetrack too between Englwood (a miles down Union Station) and Elkart along the lake shore.

      • Posted by Corespy (2555 Points) on 12/3/2013 3:33:45 AM

        If I'm correct, yes

  • Posted by Corespy (2555 Points) on 11/25/2013 1:59:41 PM

    This route is already being made as freeware from the Site... RWA or RailworksAmerica, If you flip through their forums a member is already making this route and it looks pretty darn good route so far! It's worth seeing the progress!

  • Posted by dmrailroad (505 Points) on 11/25/2013 1:57:09 PM

    I've been on this route and I think it would be a good one.

  • Posted by Bristolian (1025 Points) on 11/25/2013 12:54:54 PM

    It seemingly has Manassas on it, so, yes please!

  • Posted by Alexjv12 (1055 Points) on 11/25/2013 12:03:17 PM

    Didn't you said you were considering to do the route in the midwest?! Of course is much easier to do a "new route" with your old material and in the present period so you can use all your old (and old-fashioned) stuff...