Name of Route: Rio Grande Southern

Version and Release Date: Version 2 (previously called Ouray-Placerville) Released on 11/17/2003 (52 years after the last revenue freight ran on the real RGS)

Description (~100 words or less): The Rio Grande Southern starts in Ridgway, Colorado and goes over the Dallas Divide and then into Placerville. At Placerville the RGS starts to climb the Lizard Head Pass. At Vance Junction the branch line to Telluride and Pandora goes off up Keystone hill. The main line goes on route the world famous Ophir Loop past Trout Lake to reach the 10,250 high Lizard Head Pass. The route then goes down into Rico, Colorado though the Burns Canyon. The route also features the Enterprise branch with 5% grades to Enterprise mine and the Denver and Rio Grande Western's Ouray branch from Dallas to Ouray.

Installation Method: Copy what is in all 9 zip files to the MSTS route folder and run MSTS.

Size of Download: 9 files each about 11MB

Size of Installed Route: 300MB (about)

Fantasy, Prototypical, or Freelance Operations: Prototypical

Freight or Passenger: Both

Era or Genre: 1895-1951

Location: San Juan mountains in western Colorado

Length of Mainline: 66

Length of Branches: about 20

Number of Branches: 3

Number of Sidings: unknown

Number of Yards: 4 biggish yards

Mixture of Dual and Single Track: Single Track but passing sidings

Level of Trackside Detail: roads, rivers and forests

Amount of Scenery Completed: 85%

FPS Specs, with qualifiers: PIII, 667 mHz, 128 RAM, 32MB video card

Activities Provided: about 5

Non-Default Consists or Rolling Stock Required in Activities:
The Colorado and Southern Narrow Gauge Mega Pack
The Rio Grande Southern Rolling stock park
Rio Grande Southern number 20
D&RGW C19 Number 342
D&RGW Narrow Gauge Gondola
D&RGW Narrow Gauge Drop Bottom Gondola
The D&RGW Caboose
The Rio Grande Southern Box Car

Add-In Track Sets: Xtracks required v3.2 or later

Tsection.dat file used: Standardized Tsection.dat, release 00008 or later

Payware or Freeware: Freeware

Known Problems: Install patch if you can't seem to get it working.

Where it can be downloaded: www.trainsim.com

Jonathan Lewis
[email protected]

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