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Run8 Studios South Fork Secondary


  • Run8 Studios South Fork Secondary

    Click image for larger version  Name:	r83_ns_south_fork_half1.jpg Views:	2 Size:	90.5 KB ID:	2291458 Run 8 Studios announces a new route for v3 -- the Norfolk Southern South Fork Secondary.

    Set in Pennsylvania, this 30 mile route depicts a line from South Fork which services three coal mines -- Huskin Run, Rose Bud and Shade Creek.

    The line climbs steeply out of South Fork on a nearly 2.4% ruling grade up to the summit. Most trains will either run in a 3X3 or 3X2 configuration, in a push-pull manner. Click image for larger version  Name:	r83_ns_south_fork_half2.jpg Views:	3 Size:	54.0 KB ID:	2291456

    Along its course up to each of these mines, there is a split at “Scalp Level” (MP 14.3). This is where the South Fork Secondary splits and goes to Rose Bud #78 which is 3.5 miles from “Scalp Level” switch or 11.9 miles to the Huskin Run Mine and 16 miles to Shade Creek Mine.​

    Train lengths vary between 50 and 100 cars, depending on which mine is being served. Road crews will bring empties and haul back full loads between South Fork and the three mines. Yard jobs involve switching cars thru the loading process -- each mine has a separate way including bucket loading, a run-thru tipple, and an automatic loader.

    Traffic on the line is usually limited to two to four operations every 24 hours, and it's dispatched via a movement permit "Form D" (which is similar to a track warrant under GCOR).

    Click image for larger version  Name:	r83_ns_south_fork_pan2.jpg Views:	0 Size:	127.3 KB ID:	2291462 As someone who likes smaller switching routes more than I do running on the mainline, this sounds really appealing.

    Now available for purchase on the website
    Last edited by eric; 12-25-2023, 04:30 PM.

    • TrainSimJack
      TrainSimJack commented
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      I'I bought this route today, and it's got a pretty neat user guide with a few pictures and explanations of the locals.

      If you're not already aware, Run8 Routes within a region connect to form a larger route - there's no pause/loading between routes, it's as if you bought one big route from the very beginning.

      You can see this route on google maps as it follows the real life railroad -
      If you go to and search "South Fork PA" You'll see the NS mainline going east to west and a set of tracks going southbound with a small yard.

      The tracks that go East-West on google maps are part of the original PA route that was released earlier this year.

      This new DLC takes over from that point southward to connect with 3 different coal mines.

      It can't be overstated how nice the merged routes feature works in Run8.
      It's all automatic - all you do is install the DLC and your original route just gets bigger.
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