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    Maine Central Mountain Division

    So, this is a project I have been off and on with for the past several years. Awhile back Sean had been kind enough to completely give an update with the DEM terrain. From there I have been tinkering on it.
    I started off with mainly freeware stuff but have been slowly converting it over to use items from TrainSimulations, as well, let's face it, there trees and buildings are probably some of the best-looking pieces in ORTS to date.

    I did start with using the default kuju and xtracks for my track work but have since ripped it all out and started over with scalerail. While it makes the appearance of being far too nice and clean for Maine Central, especially in the 1970-1980 timeframe, it just looks better overall shape wise. This was of course, done before Eric had produced the replacement shapes to Kuju/Xtracks.

    Looking at South Portland, Maines Rigby Yard, you can see what I mean with the track work. Pre-Amtrak Downeaster, the number 1 main and number 2 main, run right down the middle of the yard. This is looking railroad west at the overpass.



    On the other end of the yard looking railroad east, the trackwork is pretty sporadic for how it was built. This of course, was a share yard at the time between the Maine Central, and the Boston & Maine, with Portland Terminal being the designated operator of the yard.



    Branching off the yard on the west end, you have Turner Island Point, which is a small yard that serves a few customers. Today they are Citgo Fuels, a scrap dealership, Casco Bay Steel and a Hannaford Distribution center. In the 1978-1982 time frame, I will have to look into what was served here. Though, it seems like the trackwork from the 1980 charts I am using, nothing seemed to have changed track wise.



    Further down the line, heading east, the two main tracks cross the Fore River into Portland. Here it branches off onto "Commercial Street" where it continues into a yard and some ship to train terminals and customers. This is also where the Grand Trunk Railway interchanged with the MEC, later being pulled back into Yarmouth Jct, and later on, Danville Jct. Towards the right of the picture, the mainlines continue towards what is now known as "Royal" where the lower road and secondary roads split. You also can see where Thompsons Point yard was located and a few customers as well.




    This section is between Portland, and Westbrooke. Here the Fore River, depending on the tide, becomes a swamp, and two little, tiny streams continue on.



    Just beyond the current Sappi Mill complex in Westbrooke, I haven't gotten to swapping out the trees yet from the freeware stuff, to the TS ones. Some of the buildings will remain the same, as having a good amount of building variety, isn't a bad thing. The Paper Mill itself however, I may need to do custom, but I honestly lack that ability in blender.. Everyone says its not bad to use, but I just can't for the life of me, understand it. Some of the bridges may need to be custom too..




    Looking towards Windham, oddly enough this is where the Yard Limit ends, and the true Mountain Division begins. So far this section is my favorite. Its along the river, has some good amount of trees and farmland, as well as random houses along the way. Typical rural Maine.



    A little further past the curve, looking back towards Westbrooke. I still have some fine tuning to do here with the scenery, mainly the road and some side of the track scenery. I am not entirely sure yet how I feel with the painted road here, or just simply continue the use of the scaleroad 2 land dirt pieces.




    Not so far down the line, is another good spot I like. This actually reminds me a bit of where I grew up. We used to find wild blueberries along the power lines that we would pick, and usually always crossed the railroad tracks to get to them. I may have a few more details to add to this area, but not sure just yet.




    -Shawn K-
    Derby Rail Shops
    Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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    Further down the line in South Windham. I haven't fully finished this section yet. Still working out some details, including the dam, which I used the water shapes from ScaleRail/Roads in order to do this. I need to get fill in berms for the bridge over the road as well and add the bridge for the road itself over the Presumscot River.




    While still technically South Windham, there area is known as Newhall by the railroad. You can see where I have redone some, but not all of the tree work, as seen by the road division. There was a line that you can see branching off, that went down towards the dam, but I am positive by this point in time, it was not used, and was overgrown.



    After Newhall it's pretty bare until the tracks reach Sebago Lake. At this point, this is about as far as I have gone with the track work. I've been slowly going through and adding in scenery in some spots I feel are pretty good for photo oppurtunities.




    With the help and advice from both Sean Kelly, and Andrew Collins, this route has been taking place really well, with the track work based on track charts from the Maine Central, and following accurate grade changes and curvatures, as well as the scenery advice on forest regions and other things.

    Between this route, and the NBM Mattawamkeag Sub route, I have really learned a lot when it comes to route building, and glad a program like TSRE has made it a bit simpler than the original Route Editior from MSTS.

    I eventually would love to finish off the route that expands from South Portland, ME to Saint Johnsbury, VT of 131 miles. While the mainline had only one freight train in the afternoon out of Portland, and returning in the following morning, there are still a lot of options for helper service between Bartlett, NH and Crawfords, NH, as well as the many switcher and locals out of South Portland, Switchers in Saint Johnsbury, and a local that runs from Saint Johnsbury to Gilman, Whitefield, and Quebec Jct. Of course, this is despite the lack of interest for a New England based route, as majority of the folks on here seem to prefer modern day western railroading, or class one railroads.
    -Shawn K-
    Derby Rail Shops
    Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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      #3
      That terrain painting is just outstanding. Really captures the feel.

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        #4
        Originally posted by eric View Post
        That terrain painting is just outstanding. Really captures the feel.

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        Thanks Eric, it's definitely my favorite part of TSRE, and has been a huge game changer for route building.
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        -Shawn K-
        Derby Rail Shops
        Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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          #5
          Shawn that is really coming together, nice work!
          Kevin Kelleher

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            #6
            Originally posted by jbtower View Post
            Shawn that is really coming together, nice work!
            Thank Kevin,
            I promise it looks better in ORTS. These photos were taken in TSRE, so the distant mountains and such don't show well.

            I'm actually pretty excited for getting up into the Crawford Notch area eventually. That section has always been a beautiful site to me. Helps I worked on that area for two years at Conway Scenic. Just wish I had witnessed the days of long freight trains through there, with the Bartlett based helped pushing at the rear.

            If all goes well, others will be able to enjoy this route as much as I am enjoying it.
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            -Shawn K-
            Derby Rail Shops
            Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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              #7
              Probably one of my favorite spots on the Mountain Division so far. Just outside of Westbrooke, Maine.

              -Shawn K-
              Derby Rail Shops
              Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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                #8
                Nice touch with those 1st generation Geeps!!!!
                Kevin Kelleher

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                  #9
                  Today I started laying out some basic scenery of trees along the shoreline of Sebago Lake. Throw in some grassy areas along the lake, and should be able to complete it with telegraph poles along the ROW. I also extended the line a little bit further towards Steep Falls for now. Just a quick shot from Sebago Lake looking at the daily RY-2 job passing along the shoreline.

                  -Shawn K-
                  Derby Rail Shops
                  Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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                    #10
                    Great shot and nice looking water - and of course nice job on the trees too!

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                      #11
                      Thanks Jack!

                      Today I played around a bit with some scenery near Rand Road in Westbrook, as well as the total rebuild of the west yard of the S.D. Warren Paper Company.

                      Still a lot of buildings to throw down near Rand Road, including several warehouses I may need to custom build, as so far, I haven't found any suitable drop in ones from TS or some of the freeware stuff I have, but that is okay.




                      Next up is the west yard of the S.D. Warren Paper Mill complex. Another location that may need to be mainly custom objects, so I will fill in as much as I can until that time comes, specifically the side streets with houses, and a few other odds and ends that are in the mill complex.



                      -Shawn K-
                      Derby Rail Shops
                      Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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                        #12
                        Shawn that first picture is fantastic - ove the fence, grass and the ties, as well as the stuff in the distance, I'd say that scene is finished!
                        Papermill tracks seem to be coming along nicely - I like the train for reference!

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                          #13
                          Testing some other features for today before work tonight.

                          Custom shape granite milepost, with the help of Travis Ebner getting the numbers adjusted for me as well as rotating the shape correctly. Also have his set of B&M speed signals set up, with the help of Brock walking me through this, as I have never dealt with signals in the original route editor, or TSRE. Now to get them set up appropriately for speeds designated in the area.

                          -Shawn K-
                          Derby Rail Shops
                          Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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                            #14
                            Today's efforts on the MEC Mountain Division.

                            Adding in crossing signals and roads. I've laid about 25 miles worth of track between Portland and Steep Falls, now it's time to do a little back tracking, adding in some roads, scenery, and doing the finer details such as the crossing signals. Using a mix of signals from TrainSimulations, and Travis Ebners package, I can at least get these as close as possible without creating my own.

                            -Shawn K-
                            Derby Rail Shops
                            Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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                              #15
                              Doggone Shawn, I'm impressed. You are well on your way to having a winner. Fantastic work!!
                              Larry Steiner
                              Grand Rapids, MI
                              (CSX Country)

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