Name: CN Blackfoot/Vegreville Subs Route v2

Author: Ted Kocyla
Original Route Author: Rory Rice

Version and Release Date: Version 2.0 - May 2008 / Version 1.0 - June 2003


Description: Completely reworked version of Rory Rice's original. The route now covers 200 miles of the Canadian National Railway's secondary prairie north line (original Canadian Northern Rly mainline) from Delmas, Saskatchewan to Vegreville, Alberta. Specifically, the Aberdeen Sub (Delmas - North Battleford SK) - 10 miles, the entire Blackfoot Sub (N Battleford - Vermilion AB) - 124 miles, and the first half of the Vegreville Sub (Vermilion - Vegreville AB) - 58 miles. The railway is a single track, dark-territory (non-signaled) route with steam-era sized passing sidings at each small town, and major +6000' length sidings located about every 30-35 miles. Two main yards are located at the division points of N.Battleford and Vermilion, and smaller local yards each for CN & CP at Lloydminster AB. There are two active interchanges; CP Rail at Lloydminster, and the Carleton Trail Rly at N.Battleford. Major traffic consists of grain, petroleum, chemicals, forestry, pulp and paper, and mixed goods.


Installation Method: Executable install program.


Size of Download: 200 MB.


Size of Installed Route: Approximately 575 MB.


Fantasy, Prototypical, or Freelance Operations: Prototypical.


Freight or Passenger: Freight-only with a few stations remaining, CN abandoned passenger service in 1977.


Era or Genre: 1970s to present.


Location: Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada.


Length of Mainline: About 200 miles.


Length & # of Branches: No significant branches.


Number of Sidings: 5 major passing sidings, 15 local sidings, more industrial sidings then I can count.


Number of Yards: 2 main yards; North Battleford, SK & Vermilion, AB, + 2 local yards at Lloydminster (CN & CP each).


Mixture of Dual and Single Track: Single Track with Passing Sidings.


Level of Trackside Detail: Average to high, goes to very high in the few urban areas of the route.


Amount of Scenery Completed: 99%.


FPS Specs with qualifiers: 15-40 (Intel Duo-Core 2.2GHz, 2040 MB RAM, XP Pro, Intel 82945G chipset 128.0 MB).
Lowend system users might experience poor FPS in some areas of route.


Activities Provided: None with route, 14 in Activity pack available at the www.mophouse-mltdownload.com file library. An Equipment Pack is also available there.


Add-In Track Sets: Xtracks v3.18 & NewRoads 3.2 or better. MSTS-BIN highly recommended.


Tsection.dat file used: Standardized Tsection.dat - build 34 or better.


Payware or Freeware: Freeware.


Known Problems:
1) graphics-demanding in urban areas
2) some bumpy track transitions remain (none serious)
3) 20MPH speed zone on Blackfoot @ MP 4.2 - 6.8 sometimes jumps ahead 10 carlengths in F4-HUD display from actual speed posts placements. Problem shows in some acts, never in explore mode.


Where it can be downloaded: www.trainsim.com & www.mophouse-mltdownload.com.


Extra Information: Lots of prototype info in the 'Docs & Maps' folder included with the route.