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  1. #11
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    Yes, I am building west from Easton. I was thinking that I ought to take some more screen shots. After I get to Bethlehem, I need to do West Trenton and then merge those with the existing route, add interactive objects, create and test activities, and submit it for beta testing. I hope I'll get all that done this year, though we are planning to move next month and later in the year plan to spend a few weeks in the Philippines, my wife's native country.
    Steve Dunham
    Alexandria, VA
    www.stevedunham.50megs.com

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    Incredible Steve. This is going to be a great addition to the original Blue Comet Lines Route. Hauling those long coal drags from Ashley, PA to the Jersey City waterfront. Now all those CNJ F3's made by BLW/ZT, DTrains & the ones in the file library here will have a proper line to run on. Finding a CNJ F3 south of Barber was as rare as finding a diamond in a box of Cracker Jacks.

    BTW, I never got to thank you for releasing the set of Generic CNJ stations, one & two story shops, brick & asphalt platforms & simple stairways. The stations are just what I need for the stations on the rest of the Seashore Branch. They are perfect for stations between Highlands Beach to N. Long Branch. Plus fit in for a few replacements on the NY&LB. The shops I re-signed & textured a few sets of them. I will release these if community members here could use them for their routes or enhancing any routes for their use. The platforms & stairs have really been quite handy too. In the era of the update I am doing, I just had to add grass & weeds (In some cases A LOT of grass & weeds) growing through the cracks.

    I see we are getting a Newark Branch too. That is great because I can see passenger activities between Broad St. station to the Seashore Branch at rush hour in the future.

    But to this day when I think of the CNJ's Newark Branch & Brills Yard. I can only think of three things. And they are "Purity", "Body" & "Flavor". I think you know what I mean by that.
    - Mark -

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    Steve,

    I'm glad to hear things are still moving forward. I will be looking for those screenshots.

    Mark, I hope you can find a way to fit this into your own project?

    This is going to be on the same level as the PRR East or LIRR route.

    Robert

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    Were purity, body, and flavor the attributes of Pabst Blue Ribbon? I remember an electric sign for Pabst but I was just a kid.
    Steve Dunham
    Alexandria, VA
    www.stevedunham.50megs.com

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    Default 9 more screen shots

    On my website at http://www.stevedunham.50megs.com/bc_msts_pix.html, I added 9 more screen shots of route construction progress.
    Steve Dunham
    Alexandria, VA
    www.stevedunham.50megs.com

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    Steve,

    The route is coming along very nicely.

    I'm looking forward to this update when it comes out.

    Robert

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    This will become the ultimate go-to route for CNJ fans for sure. We've got some mammoth northeastern routes, and it's always a pleasure to see another one in the works.

    All we need is a 1930's era CNJ set from some payware vendor.
    "After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over." - Alfred E. Perlman

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    As a Jersey guy growing up along the cnj this will be my goto route. One thought however, the area around Bayonne 8 th street station was never that green, always remember it as grey and dirty with a few weeds clinging to life.

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    I'll try to remember to change Bayonne to gray and dirty. :-)
    Steve Dunham
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    Quote Originally Posted by necrails View Post
    As a Jersey guy growing up along the cnj this will be my goto route. One thought however, the area around Bayonne 8 th street station was never that green, always remember it as grey and dirty with a few weeds clinging to life.
    Actually, you have to remember to of this area of Bayonne. This is 1929 for this version of The Blue Comet Route. A close family friend had a small tomato farm a few blocks from the 8th St. station on Avenue A. Grew some of the best San Manzano tomatoes I was told even with industry so close.

    The real big changes to the area came in the late 1930's into WWII & after he told me. He said by 1949 the sights, sounds & smells totally changed from when he was a kid in the 1920's. So, I don't think a greener texture in that area of Bayonne is too far off. I can see Constable Hook section being grittier & the south end of Bergen Point because of Standard Oil & the other oil companies there in the 1920's.

    The version of Steve's Blue Comet Route I am doing for release is the 1965 - 1980 era so yes, this area is a lot grittier. Based a lot on the final 5-1/2 years on the CNJ, NY&LB & P-RSL. So this area & a lot along the CNJ mainline in Jersey City will look that way. Even downright depressing in some areas. And for the smells? The end-user will have to provide.
    - Mark -

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