Train Sim World 4
Climb Aboard the Clinchfield
Written by Gary Dolzall
The Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route is now available and delivers challenging and captivating Appalachian railroading!
The Clinchfield: To railroaders and train-enthusiasts alike, the name is legendary. The Clinchfield spun its steel rails across, over, and through America’s great Appalachian Mountains, hauled millions of tons of coal and manifest freight, and operated with such verve and through such majestic scenery as to be called the “Rio Grande of the East.” And now, you can climb aboard the Clinchfield – with the remarkable new Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route! In recent articles here at Dovetail Live, we’ve taken a look at the Clinchfield’s history, locomotives, and operations. Let’s now highlight the new Train Sim World 2 route’s many extraordinary features.
The Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route superbly re-creates the famous and coal-rich “north end” of the railroad, extending from CRR’s northern terminus and junction with the Chesapeake & Ohio at Elkhorn City, Kentucky to the important operating center of Dante, Virginia, a distance of 35 main line route miles.
The new Train Sim World 2 route also includes Clinchfield’s rugged, steep, and unforgiving north-end branch lines, which together produced more than half the coal tonnage of the railroad. The Greenbriar (Haysi) Branch, McClure Spur, Fremont Branch, and Nora Spur are all included in the route, adding another 27 miles of memorable railroading.
Set in the late 1970s/early 1980s, the now-available Train Sim World 2 route includes many of the Clinchfield’s famous and scenic locations, including awe-inspiring 115-foot-high Pool Point Trestle, the rugged Breaks of the Big Sandy, the rocky cliffs of the Towers, Hills Mill Bridge, 7,854-foot-long Sandy Ridge Tunnel, Dante’s iconic Union Baptist Church, and countless more eye-catching locations!
The Yards and Facilities
Clinchfield’s important yards at Elkhorn City, where the CRR connected with C&O’s Big Sandy Subdivision, and Dante, where legions of coal hoppers were gathered, weighed, sorted, and assembled for further transit, are featured in the route. Dante is highlighted by the CRR’s always busy engine servicing facilities and snug diesel shop.
Mines, Loaders, Tipples, and Docks
The Clinchfield originated upwards of seven million tons of coal a year, virtually all of which came from the scores of mines, loaders, docks, and tipples on the north end of the railroad. With the new Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route, you’ll call at a variety of mainline and branch coal loading facilities including the giant Moss mine and coal processing plant on the Fremont Branch, remote Blue Diamond and Kilgore Mines of the Nora Spur, massive and modern McClure Mine on the new McClure Spur, Pittco and Crooked Branch Mines on the Greenbriar Branch, and numerous main line mines and loaders such as the docks at Elkhorn City and mines and loaders at Splash Dam, Rex, Trammel, and many other locations.
Two generations of the Clinchfield’s classic and powerful diesel motive power are authentically and beautifully recreated and featured with the route. From the first generation comes the legendary Electro-Motive F7A cab and F7B booster locomotives. Representing the second generation is the potent 3,000-horsepower, six-axle Electro-Motive SD40. Together these two types of locomotives were the workhorses of the Clinchfield for more than three decades, from the era when the railroad replaced steam power right through the merger of the CRR into successor Seaboard System.
NOTE: To master the automatic brakes on the Clinchfield EMD F7 check your brake valve cutout lever is set correctly. This should be cut in on the driven locomotive and cut out on all other locomotives in the train.
The Rolling Stock
For use on coal trains, manifest freights, and the railroad’s priority “Florida Perishable, the Train Sim World 2 route includes 80- and 100-ton coal hoppers, a Clinchfield 50-foot standard boxcar, a CRR Fruit Growers Express insulated boxcar, and the railroad’s much admired “Santa Fe” style steel cupola caboose with complete interior.
Scenarios and Timetabled Services
The route includes three training tutorials, six creative scenarios, and a remarkable selection of approximately 50 timetabled services that will put you to work and absolutely challenge your skills as an engineer in a variety of main line and branch line duties.
Now is the time to climb aboard the Clinchfield – with the new Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route, which is available for PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Steam! – Gary Dolzall
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Now you can climb aboard the legendary and challenging Clinchfield – with the remarkable new Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route! The Appalachian mountain railroading is dramatic at Caney, Virginia as Clinchfield EMD SD40 3012 leads a train up the steep and rugged Fremont Branch while the caboose of a CRR freight passes on the mainline. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Pool Point! On a railroad where memorable scenery was the norm, Pool Point Tunnel and 115-foot-high Pool Point trestle stood among the railroad’s most famous locations. On a snow-dressed day Clinchfield F7A 815 is on the point of a southbound coal train making its way across Pool Point Trestle. Note: Screenshots may depict content while in development.
The Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route features the railroad’s north end main line and branch lines. A lash-up of CRR Electro-Motive SD40s are bringing coal off the McClure Spur onto the main line (above), while a classic A-B-B-A set of Clinchfield “covered wagon” F7s are working the Greenbriar (Haysi) Branch (below). The new TSW route includes both the EMD F7 and SD40 locomotives, which together were the workhorses of the railroad for three decades.
Dante, Virginia was the key coal-gathering location on the Clinchfield and a place rich in train-watchers’ favorite locations. Dante’s iconic Union Baptist Church is no doubt rattling to the pulse of EMD 645-series diesel engines as a trio of CRR SD40s enter Dante (above). Dante’s diesel shop was small and snug, but always busy (below),
The largest coal tonnage producer on the Clinchfield Railroad was the Fremont Branch’s Moss No. 1, which provided tonnage as a mine and also processed tons of raw coal for other nearby mines. The “Moss Turn,” which operated twice a day, often required five diesels up front and pushers to handle the heavy tonnage and tough grades of the remote branch.
On the now-available Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route, the action is humming at sprawling Blue Diamond Mine (above) located on the Nora Spur, where a set of CRR SD40s are working the “Nora Turn.” A short time later, the turn also calls at the Kilgore Creek Mine (below).
Amid a sea of coal hoppers, Clinchfield Electro-Motive SD40 3012 and kin work the massive and modern McClure Mine. Located on the short McClure Spur, the mine was the newest and one of the largest on the railroad.
The scenic and remote Greenbriar Branch (also known as the Haysi Railroad) hosted multiple busy mines and loaders, including the Rual Mine (above) and distinctive Crooked Branch Tipple (below). The Clinchfield originated upwards of seven million tons of coal a year, virtually all of which came from the scores of mines, loaders, docks, and tipples on the north end of the railroad.
Numerous mines and loaders on the main line, such as at Collco, Virginia, also kept Clinchfield crews busy. And you’ll be kept busy on the new Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route which includes three training tutorials, six scenarios, and a remarkable selection of approximately 50 timetabled services.
Accompanying the Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield route is an authentic selection of locomotives and rolling stock, including 80- and 100-ton coal hoppers, a Clinchfield 50-foot standard boxcar, a CRR Fruit Growers Express insulated boxcar, and the CRR’s “Santa Fe” style steel cupola caboose.
In timeless Appalachian railroading drama, a southbound coal train emerges from 7,854-foot-long Sandy Ridge Tunnel. Now is the time to climb aboard the Clinchfield – with the new Train Sim World 2 Clinchfield Railroad route, available for PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Steam!
Train Sim World 4
Climb Aboard the Clinchfield