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Thread: D&RG Black Canyon added to Colo. Midland/C&S South Park Line/D&RG Route

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Bailey, Colorado

    Default D&RG Black Canyon added to Colo. Midland/C&S South Park Line/D&RG Route

    This adds trackage to my November 2016 "C&S NG and Colo. Midland SG" Route and changes the route's display name to "C&S NG & CM SG & D&RG". Additional trackage is as follows: C&S north from Gunnison to Baldwin and Kubler Mines, D&RG north from Gunnison through Crested Butte to Anthracite and Floresta Mines, and D&RG west from Gunnison through the Black Canyon to Montrose. Overall, the full route covers the following:

    Three major routes in one.

    Route Display name: C&S NG & CM SG & D&RG. Directory name: C&S_NG-CM_SG.

    Version 2, released March 27, 2017, to be added onto Version 1.

    Description of entire route:

    Colorado & Southern narrow gauge 287 miles: Denver to Gunnison 203 miles. Denver via Frisco to Leadville 151 miles. Plus various branches. 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, 270 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 218 miles of narrow gauge: Nathrop to Dillon 79 miles, Nathrop to Tennessee Pass 54 miles, Gunnison to Montrose 65 miles, Gunnison to Crested Butte and its mines 43 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: After installing Version 1 (3 zip files, through, just unzip the zip file for this Version 2 ( and copy the route into the Routes folder. No installer to click on. No batch file. No default routes required.

    Size of Downloads: New 4th zip file about 43 MB, 3 Version 1 zip files, about 430 MB, about 473 MB all together.

    Size of Entire Installed Route: Size on disk 1.06 GB 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: 899 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. 10. Baldwin Mine Branch, 18 miles, from Gunnison. 11. Kubler Mine Branch, 3 miles, from Castleton.

    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. 3. Crested Butte Branch, 28 miles, from Gunnison. 4. Floresta Mine Branch, 11 miles, from Crested Butte. 5. Anthracite Mine Branch, 4 miles, from Crested Butte.

    Number of Sidings/Passing Tracks: Many.

    Cities with Major Yards: Denver, Como, Leadville, Gunnison, Colorado Springs, Colorado City, Aspen, Crested Butte, Montrose, 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])

    Don Karch Cripple Creek Railroads Route (CS&CCD, MT, F&CC)
    Rollins Pass/Moffat Tunnel Route V5 (Denver to Craig and Glenwood Springs)
    D&RGW Glenwood Spgs-Grand Jct Route and Colorado Joint Line, Denver-Pueblo
    C&S Narrow Gauge South Park Line/Colorado Midland SG/D&RG NG and SG

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 1999
    Jacksonville,, FL, USA.

    Default Version 2019, adds Marshall Pass, Poncha Pass, Calumet Branch, and Silver Creek Spur

    To the Moderator: I believe all of this verbiage can just be added to the first lines
    of description in the current version.


    This is likely the last version of Don Karch's mega-Colorado route. It replaces any previous
    versions you may have on your system, but should use the same activities etc. It will be
    delivered via the Train-Sim library using the same methods & divisions as the previous
    versions, but each separate zip file will have -V2019 added to it's name as seen in the
    new files list etc.

    Marshall Pass extends the route from Salida through Poncha Jct. & Mears Jct. to the
    crest of Marshall Pass, thence down the west side to the previous end of track at
    Parlin. Several new sidings, and one new yard, is added. Poncha Pass extends the
    route from Mears Jct. to "end of track" about 5 miles beyond Poncha Pass. This line
    could be extended to Alamosa if anyone else wishes to. This line was sometimes
    called the "San Luis Valley Line". The Calumet branch extends about 4 miles east
    from Heckla Jct. on the Salida to Nathrop line to reach iron ore mines. Markers
    are in place for the entire branch, but beyond the current end of track requires
    gradients in excess of 5%, up to 7%. The iron mines were about 3 miles beyond
    the end of track in this version. The Silver Creek spur runs from Shirley, on the
    Marshall Pass line, about 2 miles to a concentrator which existed until about 1910.
    The Salida to Pueblo main line has been extended about 3 miles from Salida.
    The Monarch branch was in place by Don Karch, but revisions were made to the
    quarry itself. All new lines have been detailed as much as possible to the level
    that Don used. Snow sheds have been added at the crest of Marshall Pass and
    above Shavano - this latter area was often called the "Shavano Loop". Grades
    average 4% on Marshall and Poncha Passes.

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