Name of Route: F1 1904 New York City Subway/Elevated in MSTS Folder USA11A

Version: Version 1.0 Note that this route is independent of the original 3rd Ave. El route ( (USA11 folder)). It will not interfere with running the original route. Activities in the original route will not run in the newer route.

Description: This route models the now defunct 3rd Avenue El which ran in various segments from South Ferry in Lower Manhattan to Gun Hill Road in the Bronx from 1878 to 1973. This version represents the El in 1902 when the el was electrified. It is protoytpical in the
sense that it follows the track schematics and station designs are typical of stations modeled from pictures although they are not exact renderings of each station.

This route expands the 3rd Avenue El to include the first NYC Subway which opened in 1904. The route represents the subway map as it was when the first phase was completed
in 1908. The route runs from Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn to Bailey Avenue and 177th Street in the Bronx.

The route also includes a freelance street car line which runs from South Ferry
to 96th Street with a car barn on 25th St. Note that the streetcar will be visible in other sections of the route but it is not driveable. The streetcar in these locations has been incorporated into the car spawner.

The route will operate any time of day in any season although I only designed it with attention to summer and night running. It won't look proper in any season other than summer.

Installation Method:

Unzip download (USA11A folder) into the Routes folder and run Installme.bat.
Install trainsets,,, and in the TRAINS\TRAINSET folder.
Install consist files supplied in "Consists" folder in TRAINS\CONSIST folder.

Size of Download: One zip file 110 MB

Size of Installed Route: 160 mb

Fantasy, Prototypical, or Freelance Operations: Combination Prototypical and Freelance as described above.

Freight or Passenger: Passenger

Era or Genre: Traction around 1904.

Location: New York City

Length of Lines: Estimated

Gun Hill Road (Bronx) to South Ferry (Manhattan) - 13 miles
Streetcar Line 96th St to South Ferry - 6.7 miles
Subway/El Bailey Ave to Atlantic Ave. - 16 miles
Subway/El 145th St. to Atlantic Ave. - 13 miles
Subway/El 177th St. to Atlantic Ave. - 18 miles

Number of Sidings or Storage Yards:

Three storage yards on the 3rd Ave. el at Gun Hill Road, 179th Street and 96th Street. The 96th Street yard is elevated.
The streetcar line has one storage barn at 25th Street.
Spurs are provided off the El to City Hall, 42nd Street-Grand Central Station and Bronx Terminal.
The subway has underground storage at Atlantic Ave. and 137th street and two aboveground storage yards at 180th St. and
145th St. in the Bronx.

Mixture of Dual and Single Track: Estimate

3rd Ave. El

3 track 15%
2 track 85%


4 track 40%
3 track 40%
2 track 20%

Level of Trackside Detail: All track is fully signalled

3rd Ave. El - 45 Platforms or stations
Broadway Line (Subway/Elevated) - 57 Platforms or Stations.

Street Car Lines - No markers or platforms to mark stops. The track monitor must be used to determine where to stop. Signals are also not visible. Again, the track monitor must be viewed to determine signal status.

Broadway Subway/Elevated

Amount of Scenery Completed: Scenery in all above ground locations. 100%. The amount of people and vehicles may be sparse. This was done in favor of higher frame rates.

FPS Specs, with qualifiers: Route developers computer, Pentium 4, 2.8GHz, 504 MB RAM, 64 MB VRAM-Intel(R) 82845G Graphics Controller. (Sliders up, visibility about 1000)
FPS ranges from 10-30 (Sliders up, visibility about 1000). Lower range occurs when
running activities due to the AI trains. These rates will vary depending upon the activity and the number of AI trains in service.

This is not, nor can it ever be, a definitive benchmark. That is just not possible. It is just a
guideline, some indicator of what the user may be able to expect. However, if you see an FPS range of 10-30 on a computer which is clearly more robust than yours, expect to get the lower end of that range--maybe even lower.

Activities Provided:

15 Activities which cover 100% of the route.
Estimated times to complete activities range from about 15 minutes to 2 hour-50 minutes.

The following is a list of the activities included with the route:

42nd St.-180th St. Yard 3rd Ave. Night
99th St.-177th St. via 3rd Ave.-Night
177th St. to Atlantic Ave. Exp
177th South Ferry via 3rd Ave.
179th St. to 42nd St.-3rd Ave.-Steam
Atlantic Ave. to 177th St. Exp.
Atlantic Ave. to Bailey Ave. Exp.
atlantic-bronx-south ferry
Bailey Ave. Roundtrip-Local
City Hall to Bronx Terminal-3rd Ave.
Gun Hill Road to South Ferry-3rd Ave
Lenox Ave. Storage Yard Roundtrip-Express
Trolley-96th St.-25th St. Barn-Night
Trolley-South Ferry- to 96th St.

Non-Default Consists or Rolling Stock Required in Activities: Download the following from file library "MSTS New York Elevated Railroad Steam Engine" "MSTS New York City Open Gate Car" "MSTS IRT Hi-V "Hedley Motor" Railcars" "MSTS IRT Lo-V Railcars" "MSTS Brill Semi-convertible Streetcar"

F1 1904 download includes consist files needed for activities.

Add-In Track Sets: Download the following from file library "MSTS Xtracks V. 3.17 Standardized Edition" or any later version "MSTS Newroads v3.2 Auto-installer" or any later version

Tsection.dat file used: Download the following from file library "MSTS Standardized\Global\Tsection.dat" File Build 00032 or later

Payware or Freeware: Freeware

URL for More Information and Screenshots: None

Known Problems: It will not be unusual to pass signals or trains which are not illuminated. MSTS has limitations on fixed lights per tile. In activities with heavy train traffic, sections of the route will exhibit this. The signals still operate properly and show up correctly on the track monitor. If you have the MSTS bin patch installed, all lights will likely be illuminated at all times.

Also, in some locations, you may have to stop due to a red signal even though there are no trains ahead of you. When this happens, slowly start the train forward and the signal should clear.

Where it can be downloaded: file library