Colorado Midland SG & C&S South Park Line NG with adjacent D&RG NG & SG

Three major routes in one.

Route Display name: C&S NG and Colo. Midland SG. Directory name: C&S_NG-CM_SG.

Version 1, released November 19, 2016. This route is a major expansion of my earlier C&S South Park Line route, but is provided as a totally separate route, with a new directory name and a new route display name. It adds the rest of the Colorado Midland and some other track, and makes some improvements to the original portion of the route. The former route will probably remain in the file library.


Colorado & Southern narrow gauge 266 miles: Denver to Gunnison 203 miles. Denver via Frisco to Leadville 151 miles. A few miles in Denver are dual gauge. A few miles in Colorado Springs are standard gauge.

Colorado Midland standard gauge 342 miles: Colorado Springs to Grand Junction 309 miles. Via either Leadville or Leadville bypass. Via either the older Hagerman Tunnel and massive Hagerman trestle, or the newer Busk-Ivanhoe Tunnel. From New Castle to Grand Junction it uses Rio Grande Junction trackage, jointly owned with the D&RG. Major branches are the Aspen Branch, Basalt to Aspen, 18 miles; and the Jerome Park Branch aka the Coal Branch, Cardiff to Jerome Park/Spring Gulch, 15 miles.

Denver & Rio Grande where it impacts the C&S and/or CM, 162 miles: A little bit of dual gauge in Denver (should be standard gauge), and a few miles of standard gauge in the Colorado Springs area. Then 110 miles of narrow gauge: Nathrop to Dillon 79 miles, Nathrop to Tennessee Pass 54 miles, and Gunnison to Parlin 13 miles. Actually that should be dual gauge from Nathrop to Leadville, and standard gauge from Leadville to Tennessee Pass. Then more standard gauge: Mainline Glenwood Springs to New Castle 12 miles, and its Aspen Branch, Glenwood Springs to Aspen 40 miles.

Installation Method: Just unzip the 3 traditional zip files and copy the route into the Routes folder. No installer to click on. No batch file. No default routes required.

Size of Downloads: 3 zip files, about 429 MB all together.

Size of Installed Route: Size on disk 955 MB after MSTS generates terrain buffers upon initial route loading.

Reality: This is a prototype route.

Freight or Passenger: Both, as well as mixed.

Era or Genre: Around 1915.

Location: Colorado USA.

Length of Mainline and major branches: 770 miles.

C&S Branches: 1. Morrison Branch, 10 miles, with Fort Logan sub-branch, and with mining sub-branches out of Morrison, from Sheridan Junction. 2. Silica Branch, 4 miles, from Platte Canon. 3. Nighthawk Branch, 5 miles, from South Platte. 4. King Coal Mines Branch, 3 miles, from the wye east of Como. 5. Alma and London Mines Branch through Fairplay, 21 miles, from Garo. 6. Leavick Mining Branch, 12 miles, from near Fairplay. 7. Buena Vista Spur, 4 miles, from Deadman's Curve. 8. Keystone Branch, 7 miles, from Dickey. 9. Leadville Mining District, perhaps 20 miles of mining trackage of 3 railroads.

CM Branches: 1. Aspen Branch, Basalt to Aspen, 18 miles. 2. Jerome Park Branch aka the Coal Branch, Cardiff to Jerome Park/Spring Gulch, 15 miles.

D&RG Branches: 1. Aspen Branch, Glenwood Springs to Aspen, 40 miles. 2. Dillon Branch, Leadville to Dillon, 36 miles.

Number of Sidings/Passing Tracks: Many.

Cities with Major Yards: Denver, Como, Leadville, Gunnison, Colorado Springs, Colorado City, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and Grand Junction. Several smaller yards.

Mixture of Double and Single Track: Mostly single track with many passing tracks.

Level of Trackside Detail: Substantial. Track signals mostly buried, speed limits, mileposts, whistle posts, platforms all named, sidings mostly named, road signals invisible and silent, car spawn. Sounds of animals, rushing water, wheel squeal, saloon songs, and vehicles. Some working water towers and coaling towers. Many stations. Dozens of trackside signs on the C&S identifying features along the way.

Amount of Scenery Completed: Substantial. Many buildings, roads, water, forests, deer, road crossings. Some people and horse powered wagons and buggies and very old motor vehicles. Substantial variety of terrain textures.

FPS: Varies from 15 in large cities to 60 in open country, with 30 in heavily forested areas. That's with Pentium D 3.2 GHz dual core processor, 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533 MHz, and 256 MB GEForce 7800 video card. Default game settings.

Activities Provided: Numerous extremely simple explore activities included in the route files. Numerous start points in Explore Route. Either one or eight add-ons required for activities; see the Readme.

Add-In Track and Roads Required: Xtracks v3.19 or later, Global tsection.dat build 37 or later, and NEWROADS standard v3.2 or later.

Distribution: Freeware from only.

Author: Donald W. Karch (Trainsim forums user name: dwkarch) (email: [email protected])