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    Probably posted about these before, and I am sure most aren't interested.

    Vermont Rail System, Hoosick Jct, NY to Burlington, VT as well as Bellows Falls, VT to Whitehall, NY, both via Rutland. Basically four subdivisions in one. 2017-2021 era. Thought about adding the Lyndonville Sub, M&B Sub, and the NYOG line as well, but just, not excited on adding those lines..

    Maine Central Mountain Division and Quebec Division from Portland, ME to St. Johnsbury, VT as well as Quebec Jct, NH to Stewartstown, NH. Recently have started fresh thanks to the other Sean Kelly.
    This would be dated in the 1975-1981 era.

    Others I have thought about, and eventually plan..

    Springfield Terminal District 3, from East Deerfield, MA to Rotterdam Jct, NY (originally District 4). This would be a 2018-2021 era line, with heavy traffic from NS(11R/16R, 22K/23K, 28N/29W, BNSF (Grain Trains), CSXT (Connection trains from ED to RJ), A ton of local jobs, etc.

    CMQ Searsport Branch from Brownville Jct, ME to Searsport, ME.
    This could be dated either in the BAR era, MMA era, CMQ era, or CP era. Really a dealers choice, as much hasn't change, just who runs it.
    https://i.imgur.com/LPZNEX4.png

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    I encourage anyone to get on with creating new routes. No matter what area of the world
    they are in, somebody(s) will be interested in grabbing them. My personal preference is
    U.S. routes that actually exist, or did exist. Others like fictional routes. Either variety will
    interest some.

    J. H. Sullivan

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSRX View Post
    Probably posted about these before, and I am sure most aren't interested.
    You got at least one interested person here!

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    Shawn those sound interesting, at least to me being a Northern New Englander. I have sometimes thought of the MEC Calais Branch especially backdating it to when the branch to Eastport still existed. The recent post on the NBSR repaint got me thinking about that rail line, St. John NB to McAdam including the Woodland Pulp Mill trackage as a start, maybe adding the EMRY portion across Maine with the potential to backdate to the CPR days when the Atlantic Limited still polished the rails between Montreal and St. John. Back in 1981 my wife and I rode that line both ways on VIA rail's Atlantic. As it turns out, yesterday I happened to be in Danforth ME crossing a set of tracks which later when I looked up in my trusty DeLorme atlas I realized was the very same former CPR now EMRY line.

    As a start I plan to get DEM data for that whole North / Eastern Maine area, once I figure out how one does that these days, since it had been a decade or so since I last attempted.

    Jon

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    I recently started a new route I call the Downeaster. This will be Brunswick ME - Portland - Boston, the route of Amtrak's Downeaster. Set in the present day. This is primarily oriented toward Amtrak operation but I plan to include spurs, branches etc. to allow for interesting PanAm freight operations. Plus MBTA/Keolis commuter operation South of Haverhill.

    So far I have track laid from Brunswick to Rigby Yard and have started a little scenery. I plan to do this in 3 phases:
    1. Brunswick to Portland/Rigby Yard, including the Mountain branch to PTC and the Westbrook paper mill.
    2. Portland to Haverhill, including the Portsmouth and Saco branches.
    3. Haverhill to Boston. Planning to include both routes, the normal route via the Wildcat and Woburn and the sometimes used route via Reading.

    I am also thinking of adding the Rockland branch, since there is talk of a summer weekend only Downeaster extension to Rockland. Modeling the BIW complex in Bath would be an interesting challenge.

    This will be a marathon not a sprint so it will probably be some time before I have anything to upload.

    Jon

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    Cool Routes Underway

    Quote Originally Posted by landnrailroader View Post
    I encourage anyone to get on with creating new routes. No matter what area of the world
    they are in, somebody(s) will be interested in grabbing them. My personal preference is
    U.S. routes that actually exist, or did exist. Others like fictional routes. Either variety will
    interest some.

    J. H. Sullivan
    Since I made this entry a while back, I have added a few, some of which will wind up in the "unfinished" category of the
    library because I have lost track of how many I have in the "queue" and it takes close to a year to do a reasonable route
    with minimal details. At 82, well ----.

    Given that the CSX Cumberland Valley sub. (used to be division) is probably doomed account of collapsed
    coal markets, I have digitized it and will add detail locations such as points of turnouts, road crossings,
    etc. Likewise, having done the Corbin-Knoxville line which I plan to expand, I have digitized Corbin to
    Cincinnati. Years ago, one of our members started a route along the Columbia R. but as far as I know
    he did not include the SP&S line up the Deschutes R., so I have digitized that one and also included the
    parts that were abandoned after UP & the SP&S agreed to make it a joint line to Bend, OR. Most of that
    happened in 1923 and most abandoned parts are clearly visible on Google Earth. There is a route in
    the library that includes the part of the SP&S that was abandoned about 1987 or so, east of Pasco, WA.

    The current "detail" project is the 3rd district of the CNO&TP, and I have digitized the 1st & 2nd
    districts as well, including a number of old parts that were bypassed by line changes between 1950 and
    1963. Once these 3 are done, the activity creators can go insane and I will outline one to help them
    over the edge, that happened every day, several times, and was complicated once a month by, guess
    who, me and my geometry recording activities. I am digitizing the C&O Coal Field and will probably
    lay track for it, but it will go in the "unfinished" category as I don't have a fire in the belly for that
    line(s).

    J. H. Sullivan

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