For now, I intend on making the whole route 1960's, as I don't mean to sound arrogant, but I would much rather have the route be accurate than "match up" with the Surfliner route. I rather despise mixed-era routes honestly. And as far as Southern Pacific, I have specifically chosen late 1960's in order to have SP, because after Hurricane Kathleen in '76, SP sold the line to Kyle Railways, which after the line was rebuilt in '83 ran for a short time with blue and white GP9s until the line was shut down again due to fires. It was during the rebuilding of the line post-hurricane that the trolley operations started. Therefore, SP never ran during the period that the trolleys were operating.
Is there any project that you can't make look fantastic? Spent many nights camping with friends out in that neck of the woods, superb!
Thank you Marshall! My hope is to drive down to SoCal and back this coming summer as sort of a senior trip before college! I wish to camp as much as possible, including out in the desert. Would be nice if Carrizo Gorge was at least partially repoened by then, though I'm very doubtful...
P.S. I need to get my hands on the SP GP9s from Valleypass...
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Somewhere to run old SP, Wonderful
Young Whipper-snappers --- HAH
Gee guys, you all that are doing this route are just infants. I've been at it since I was 63 back in 2002, and now I am almost
74 and still at it.
As for the route at hand. That is a grand rendition of a route that I know little about, but have seen enough pictures of
to figure train crews should have gotten hazardous duty pay just to operate on it. I'm particularly glad to see that high
trestle done so well. Few simmers know how these can be such a bear to create. Currently, I am fixing some quirks
discovered in a major bridge on the relatively soon to be released RMD-WEST (Milwaukee Rd.) as well as progressing
For an intricate trestle, though not quite as high as the one in this thread, take a look at the "S" trestle on the NP
Wallace Branch. This appears in the MLWRMD4 which was released back about 2006. Lucas Lussar is combining it
with a MLWRMD3 done just for his use, and hence the new route will combine the 3rd & 4th subs. of the Milwaukee Rd.,
Rocky Mtn. Div., and will also include more of the NP.
Again, I look forward to the release of this new Carrizo Gorge route. It looks great.
J. H. Sullivan (senior member by age)
Originally Posted by PerryPlatypus
Haha yes I suppose I entered the route-building realm quite a bit later than most, though I feel I have caught onto it pretty fast.
Yes, running through the gorge must have always been a bit frightening, and the sight of derailed cars down the slope below the Seven Sisters trestles at the north end of the gorge surely had many engineers sitting on the edge of their seats!
As far as Goat Canyon Trestle, special care was taken to make the trestle as prototypical as possible using the available trestle pieces included with the route. There is a chance I may actually redo this trestle at one point to be even more realistic, but we'll see, as that will a HUGE undertaking.
I have run over the S-trestle you speak of on your RMD4, seen pictures of it, and actually visited the former site of the structure on the west side of Lookout. The trestle indeed turned out very well!
The inclusion of the MRL 4th and 10th Subs in RMD-West will certainly be very appreciated by myself and many others, especially since owner's of SLI's MRL Gas Train will finally have some territory to run it on. Evaro Hill in particular will be VERY awesome to run on!
Thank you very much for your interest in Carrizo Gorge, and at this rate, it will be only a couple months until a first version release is possible!
This looks beautiful! I have both of the earlier Carrizo Gorge/SDA&E routes and spent many hours running on the original. This will be my favorite the second it is released.
Originally Posted by PerryPlatypus