Name: Hook_Eye, Knoxville and Etowah Subdivisions of CSX, and the old main line,
from Englewood, TN through Etowah, TN to Fairy Siding in Ga, and from Etowah,
TN via the old mainline to CopperHill, TN. Mileposts on Mainline, from C-324 to
C-369 (+-), and from the Hiwassee Line Jct., mile C-336.5 to KX-382 near the
Copper Hill depot

Version: 1

Released: 03-18-08

Description: The Marietta and North Georgia was a narrow gage line built north
from Marietta in the 1880s to connect with a similar line of the Knoxville and
Atlanta, but there was a problem. In spite of the best efforts of locating
engineers, when the M&NG reached the vicinity of Farner, TN, there was a
vertical drop of nearly 400 feet to reach the Hiwassee River near Apalachia, TN.
A Switchback, of three legs with fearful grades was installed and this line took
off of the Hiwassee line near the east end of Apalachia siding. It is included
in the marker files for those wishing to examine things with RE. Several years
later, the M&NG, by now combined with the Knoxville & Atlanta to form a single route,
the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern (AK&N) borrowed an experienced engineer from the L&N
and he was able to devise a route that looped around Bald Knob 3 times, keeping the
grade within reason. However, the AK&N management insisted on no more than two
turns and so we now have the Hiwassee Loop with a maximum grade of 1.8% but only
for a short distance, otherwise mostly 1.6%. About this time, the AK&N was acquired
by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. The foot of the grade is at the
east switch of Apalachia Siding (railroad spelling) and it will be noted that
the river falls away on the left immediately. I have not placed as much foliage
as is currently in place, so the features of the loop will be visible in various
views as a train negotiates the loop. I have also placed a "yard area" centered
on the loop so that view 7 can be used at that point. I would recommend that one
also download one of the better cameras available in the library to better use
this feature. The mainline from Englewood (actually milepost C-324) south is
under CTC (or TCS we call it today) and has been since the early 50s. I have
used the type SA searchlight signals so that signals will be correct for any
era from 1955 through about 2002, when the more modern "darth vader" signals
began to appear and the line side wires began to disappear. This route has a
fenced right of way, where appropriate, and lineside polelines throughout.
There are no whistleposts for crossings because to my knowledge there were
none on the line. Speed limit on the mainline is 79/60 but no passenger trains
have operated on the line since about 1968. The Hiwassee branch has a maximum
speed limit of 25mph with many 10mph stretches, so it is going to take at least
2 hours for a run from Etowah to CopperHill.

Install Method: The route is delivered in a single zip file of about 160Mbt.
Create a scratch directory, preferably on the disk where you have MSTS
installed and download the zip file to this directory. Unzip the zip
file to this directory and among other things, there will be an executible,
"Hook_Eye.exe". This was created with Uharc, supplied with RouteRiter.
Execute this file and it will create the route in this directory, beginning
with the "Hook_Eye" directory. Copy or Move this directory to the routes
directory of MSTS. Now, execute the Install.bat file in the root of
"Hook_EYE". Now create some activities. I have puposefully not supplied
activities in order to avoid accidently including one with non-generic
equipment. After creating an activity - you may use the path files that
are there, if you wish, exit from the editor and go into the route through
the standard MSTS operation front-end. After a minute or two of creating
buffers, you should be ready to enjoy this eastern loop.

Size Installed: 200MBT +-

Prototype: Yes -but the Hiwassee Branch, now is operated by the Tennessee
Valley Railroad Museum and owned by Polk Cty., TN. It is a fascinating ride.

Freight/Pass: The last passenger train run on the Hiwassee line around 1954,
so steam is quite correct. CSX operated it for freight until early in 2000. The last
passenger train on the mainline ran about 1968.

Era: 1950-2000
Length of Lines: Mainline, 40 miles+-, Hiwassee Line 50 miles+-
Sidings are all marked, and Englewood, Etowah, Ocoee and Fairy
on the mainline are controlled sidings. Additional Branches are
present as "stubs". The Athens Branch, abandoned about 1995,
The Calhoun Branch off the mainline at Patty, still in service
to a paper plant at Calhoune, TN, and the Parkville Branch,
off the mainline just south of Ocoee, abandoned about 1920, and which was used for
the construction of the Parkville Dam, now Ocoee #1.

Number Yards: 2 Etowah & CopperHill

Mixture of trk: All single track, Searchlight signals on mainline only

Detail Level: High throughout.

Amount Scenery: nearly 100% scenicked

FPS: 15+, System is a 3.6G Athlon, 1G Memory, Nvidia GeForce 5600
with 512M, Win -XP, Pro, SP-2, all updates

Activities: Paths provided, no activities provided

Non-Default items: None, it does not require X-tracks or NewRoads.

Points of interest: Power House between Hiwassee and McFarland sidings on the
Hook & Eye line. This is fairly recent construction dating from 1942 and is somewhat
unique in that the penstocks coming down the mountain originate about 8 miles away
as the crew flies at the Apalachia Dam, just over the North Carolina line. The railroad
will be some 12 or more miles before this dam becomes visible on the left after going
around the loop.
Several of the Tennessee Products and Chemicals copper mines are extant in the simulation and a fairly decent seperate simulation could be done of their lines. These were originally operated by switchers, mostly 0-6-0 and 0-8-0 types, some secondhand from the L&N and elsewhere. Later, switchers of the SW-1200 etc. EMD types were used. These tracks were pulled up around 1980 or so. Be careful on these TP&C branches as some of them end abruptly at pits and loadouts. These branches leave the L&N line at the extreme
south end of the Copper Hill Yard, just past the depot.
Then there is the Loop itself. This loop almost goes around Bald Knob twice. As the line first comes to the loop, the trestle at the top is visible up a short draw to the right (probably best to use view 2) and at this point, view 7 becomes active. On a 1.6% grade, the track continues around curves as sharp as 10 degrees, and ducks under the top trestle. After another pass around the loop, and a gain of 60 feet, the line passes over the trestle. At this point about 260 feet have been gained since Apalachia siding and we still have a couple miles to go before the crest is reached in a cut, under a bridge, at Farner. (some sources call it Farmer, but the name is Farner) Town names are odd in this area. After Farner, and a couple miles, one comes to a road crossing with flashers - this is Turtletown, and then there is Harbuck, Stansbury, (sidings), Postell, and finally Copper Hill, but if one takes the longest TP&C line, it ends at Ducktown.

Credits/Comments: Creators of the add-ons are listed in abridged form
on the load screen. All of the bridges have been done as accurately
as possible from sketches supplied by John White, principal bridge
engineer at CSX, who is retiring this month.

Pay/Free: This route is Freeware, but the author cautions anyone
making changes to claim it for himself if he does and just footnote
the originator. If you wish to use any of the bridges in this route,
please footnote both J. H. Sullivan and Ron Picardi, without whose
help, I would not have got the bridges done, especially his considerable
skill with PaintShop in creating lattices etc. You do have my permission to fiddle with
and/or upgrade the route as you wish -- at your peril.

Problems: No known problems

Where: It is located in the files library at www.TrainSim.com

J. H. Sullivan
Jacksonville, FL
[email protected]