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    Last week, I was bored and looking for something to work on, so I decided to embark on a semi-big route project. I was feeling nostalgic for some fallen flags on home rails, and I wanted something that hasn't been done yet, so I decided to modernize one of the first payware routes for Microsoft Train Simulator, the Maple Leaf Tracks Sandpatch Grade.

    My first order of business was upgrading the almost 20-year-old route itself. I replaced tracks with US2 tracks with custom textures to emulate the original textures, replaced the Terrtex files, added ballast onto the Terrtex files, replaced the tree textures, improved signal colors and other small texture improvements.

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    A view of the Rockwood junction area to demonstrate the new route textures.

    After this was done, I was searching for some Chessie System locomotives to compliment the route, but was unsatisfied with the current Chessie locomotives available (They're good reskins, but the colors aren't to my taste for what I had in mind with the route), so I pulled myself up by the bootstraps and reskinned my own. After prototyping several different color combinations, I finally landed on the colors I liked so I moved forward with reskinning the first B&O unit, SD40-2 7610. Shortly after the skin was done, I was talking with the talented Parker Boots about making a custom Freight Animation that would make the SD40-2 100% accurate for the Chessie, and the final FA includes everything from the correct rock plows, a 3D battery inside the mailslot battery box, to the correct K5LA cab-mounted horn. I can't thank Mr. Boots enough for cooperating and working with me with his fantastic modeling and texturing work.

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    A Chessie Loaded Auto train departs Cumberland, MD and passes through the junction at VA tower.

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    The same train in the above screenshot speeds through Hyndman, PA later in its trek to Rockwood, PA.

    After the FA was done, I had a spark of inspiration. 3D cabs really add to train simulators for me, so I decided that's exactly what I was going to add onto the SD40-2. I took the 3D cab from one of Tyler Bundy's GM&O SD40s, did some small texture tweaking and reskinned the external paint job and voila, a 3D interior for the Chessie SD40-2s.

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    B&O 7610 sits in Cumberland, MD, ready to depart on its trip over the grades of the Alleghenies. Disregard the fact that it's in Run 8 in the photo, as this was taken just after I got the 3D cab into the locomotive and was a bit broken from the transition.

    Now for the future of this project. I plan on making a few more reskins of the B&O SD40-2 to include all the things that could have ran on Sandpatch in the late 1980's (Western Maryland, C&O and B&O blues, and CSX "Stealth"), and releasing those to the File Library in the coming weeks. The route itself is in a grey area with releasing it, as it uses some textures from the Train Simulations Ruel Subdivision, and I'm not entirely sure if I can release the route with payware textures included. The route would need rebuilt quite a bit to make it public-release friendly, but I do want to get it out in the world eventually. There are also a few related projects to compliment the route that I've been talking to people about, and I'm not sure if they want them to be revealed to the public yet, so I'll keep them under wraps for the time being.

    Something in one of the screenshots that you may have noticed is a C&O GP15T. I made this as a "virtual kitbash", using parts from a bunch of different sources to make it as accurate as it possibly can. It uses the Green River GP15-1 as a base, a GP38 dynamic brake grid, and the exhaust from an SD50. Unfortunately, because of the amount of shape files that it uses, it would be a logistical challenge to track down the sources of all the parts and get permission to release them with the GP15T. After the SD40-2 project is over, I may go back and make the effort to optimize the GP15T to release and get proper permission to release it as a cohesive pack, so keep an eye out for that.

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    C&O 1622 accompanies a duo of SD40-2s as they make their way through mountainous grades.

    I have many more screenshots and plans to make a trailer video, so keep an eye out for those in the near future. As for now, keep an eye out for those SD40-2s possibly hitting the File Library in a few weeks, wear a mask, and stay safe in these uncertain times.

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    Looking forward to your releases.....We need more Chessie locomotives here. Plus I have been running early CSX circa late 80's early 90's. So to me this is a breath of fresh air.
    Roburt

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    Weeeeell, we DO have a full Sandpatch in the works. Will go from Cumberland to Connellsville and use all the new bells and whistles we have. Feel free to work on your revamp of the MLT one, it looks great, but as you say, getting approval for release may be a bit of an issue
    - Chris N.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarrant75 View Post
    Weeeeell, we DO have a full Sandpatch in the works. Will go from Cumberland to Connellsville and use all the new bells and whistles we have. Feel free to work on your revamp of the MLT one, it looks great, but as you say, getting approval for release may be a bit of an issue
    Ah yes, I heard about the TrainSimulations Sandpatch. I am VERY excited for that and will definitely be the first person in line to get it when it releases . My version of the MLT route is just a temporary stand-in until they release it, as I know they're currently working on the Shasta route, so it may be a while until the TS Sandpatch releases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarrant75 View Post
    Weeeeell, we DO have a full Sandpatch in the works. Will go from Cumberland to Connellsville and use all the new bells and whistles we have. Feel free to work on your revamp of the MLT one, it looks great, but as you say, getting approval for release may be a bit of an issue
    You have no idea how bad I want to remake the D&H Bridgeline from Mechanicville to Binghamton, with TS standards
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSRX View Post
    You have no idea how bad I want to remake the D&H Bridgeline from Mechanicville to Binghamton, with TS standards
    Hi Folks,

    I’d buy that.

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    Scott


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    Now that will be awesome. Years ago I thought about extending the MLT one for my personal use. Never got around to it as I was tied up with my B&O Ohio div route that is still being worked on slowly.
    M. Payne

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    Any chance the updates you have done to the route could be released here for those of us that have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chilla View Post
    Any chance the updates you have done to the route could be released here for those of us that have it.
    That's what I plan on doing eventually, but I need to find a good replacement for the TrainSimualtions Ruel trees that I used. Someone mentioned using the trees from the freeware TS Scenic starter route, as those would be able to be released with the route upgrade, but I have yet to try that

    Also, a small progress update with the SD40-2s, the CSX YN1 scheme was completed and the B&O SD40 is being worked on currently. I've fallen a bit behind with where I want to be on the project, but they're still being worked on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngc427 View Post
    Ah yes, I heard about the TrainSimulations Sandpatch. I am VERY excited for that and will definitely be the first person in line to get it when it releases . My version of the MLT route is just a temporary stand-in until they release it, as I know they're currently working on the Shasta route, so it may be a while until the TS Sandpatch releases.
    Hey ngc,

    I think Chris's message was intended as a heads up, considering he is part of the TS team Shasta is primarily "my" baby, while Chris has the La Grande Sub and Sandpatch. The main takeaways here are 1. Just because Shasta is in the works does not at all mean there aren't other routes simultaneously in development, and 2. It does not make sense for a payware company who is developing a new Sandpatch to grant permission for their payware objects to be used in a project that would be in direct "competition" with their own product. Obviously if those shapes and/or textures are removed, then there is no issue from our perspective.

    Also, I need to make this clear for future precedence: Although the TS Scenic Sub starter route is free to download, that does NOT grant freeware route makers the right to use any assets from it in their own freeware routes. The license that a user agrees to when installing the starter route specifically says that the end user has no rights to the intellectual property, and therefore no assets from the route can be redistributed in any shape or form
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