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Hustling on the Harlem

With the Train Sim World 2 Harlem Line coming soon, we take a further look at this remarkable and bustling Metro-North route.
The Harlem Line: It is one of Metro-North Commuter Railroad’s interlinked “Big Three” routes. Along with MNCR’s Hudson and New Haven Lines, the Harlem Line serves the pulsing urban areas north and east of New York City. Second only to the New Haven Line, the Harlem Line is Metro-North’s busiest commuter artery, alive with the hustle and bustle of Big Apple railroading!
And soon, the Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains route is coming to Train Sim World 2, so let’s take a closer look at this busy and historic commuter railroad line.
The route:
As created for Train Sim World 2, the upcoming Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains route extends from New York City to North White Plains, New York. The line begins at the bumper posts of legendary Grand Central Terminal (located at 42nd Street in Manhattan), then passes through the Park Avenue Tunnel until, at 97th Street, it bursts into the open air and rides atop the Park Avenue Viaduct to Harlem 125th Street Station.
Once past 125th Street, the route crosses the towering “DB” moveable bridge over the Harlem River to reach Mott Haven (milepost 5.4) in the Bronx. Between GCT and Mott Haven, Metro-North’s busy Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines all share common trackage. Then, at Mott Haven, the MNCR Hudson Line diverges (the upcoming Train Sim World 2 route will also include a short stretch of the Hudson Line extending to Yankees 153rd Street Station). Running largely in open air but below the surrounding street level, the four-track route extends through the Bronx with station stops such as noted Botanical Gardens (home to the famed Bronx Zoo). At Woodlawn Junction (milepost 11.8), the Metro-North Harlem and New Haven lines separate, and the Harlem Line begins a journey, much of it along the Bronx River, through a patchwork of urban and suburban territory to White Plains (milepost 22.4) and North White Plains (milepost 23.9), the latter of which is host to a large staging yard.
Electrified throughout via third-rail D. C. power, the multi-track Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains route will include 18 stations, of which Grand Central Terminal, Harlem 125th Street, and White Plains are the busiest, and the line will offer a captivating and challenging mix of express, semi-express, and local commuter runs that are brought alive in five scenarios and more than 260 timetables services.
The Equipment:
The upcoming Train Sim World 2 Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains will feature two generations of notable Metro-North electric-multiple-unit (EMU) trains, the venerable Budd-constructed M3A and modern Bombardier-built M7A.
Metro-North’s Harlem and Hudson Lines were long owned and operated by the great New York Central. During the NYC (and later, Penn Central) years, the Harlem Line was host to NYC’s own EMUs, the last of which were the railroad’s Pullman-Standard 85-foot-long 4600- and 4700-series cars which arrived in the early- to mid-1960s and then served into the Metro North era. In assuming control of the line, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and later Metro-North inherited the challenges of replacing the aging ex-NYC equipment. That process began in 1968 with the purchase from the Budd Company of 770 EMUs for use on the Long Island Railroad, which was followed in 1971 with a purchase of 178 similar M1A cars for use on the Harlem and Hudson lines of what is today Metro-North. In the early 1980s, more new equipment acquisitions followed, including the M3 for LIRR and M3A for Metro-North. The M3As were quite similar to the earlier M1As, and MNCR received 142 8000-series, silver-and-blue-clad M3As in 1984-85. The M3A were constructed in married pairs and train lengths on the Harlem Line are typically up to eight cars in length. While the M3As will eventually be replaced by MNCR’s newest M9 cars, the veteran M3As are expected to remain in service for some time.
Today’s workhorse EMU on the Harlem Line is the flat-faced Bombardier-built M7A. Like its predecessors, the M7A is a kindred spirit to Long Island Rail Road equipment, in this case the LIRR M7. Long Island M7s began arriving in 2002 and M7As made their appearance on Metro-North in 2004. Eighty-five feet in length and with a capacity of up to 110 passengers per car, the M7As are equipped with 265-horsepower traction motors on each axle of their four axles. A total of 336 M7As entered MNCR service by 2006. Also configured in married pairs and authorized for 80 mph operations on MNCR, the M7As serve both the Harlem and Hudson lines.
With a masterfully created and highly detailed route and two generations of EMUs which will offer authentic controls and realistic operating characteristics, together with a bevy of timetabled services and scenarios, the upcoming Train Sim World 2 Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains route will deliver the full and varied experiences of American commuter railroading around the “Big Apple” – and it’s coming soon to Train Sim World 2!
Coming soon to Train Sim World 2, the Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains route threads its way through the bustling and vibrant urban areas north and east of New York City. Having departed New York’s Grand Central Terminal, a northbound set of Metro-North M7As swings through Mott Haven in the Bronx, bound for North White Plains, New York.
The upcoming Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains route for Train Sim World 2 features two generations of Metro-North EMU (electric-multiple unit) trains: The modern workhorse of the line, the Bombardier-built M7A (above), and the venerable Budd-built M3A, a set of which (below) is making its way through Manhattan’s Park Avenue Tunnel.
Big Apple bound, a set of Metro-North M7As is swinging off the Hudson Line at Mott Haven. The Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains route includes MNCR’s busy Harlem Line from Grand Central Terminal to North White Plains, New York, and also includes a section of the Hudson Line extending from Mott Haven to Yankees 153rd Street Station.
A pair of modern and stylish Metro-North M7A-equipped trains call at Crestwood, New York. Located 11.8 miles from Grand Central Terminal, Crestwood is the point of origin and the destination for a number of trains operating on the Harlem Line. The upcoming route will offer a mix of express, semi-express, and local commuter runs that are brought alive in five scenarios and more than 260 timetables services.
Riding high atop New York City’s Park Avenue Tunnel, an outbound set of Metro-North M7A electrics approach Harlem 125th Street (above), while at the station in historic Harlem, inbound and outbound trains share the platforms (below).
Northern terminus of the upcoming Train Sim World 2 Harlem Line is North White Plains, New York. Located 24 miles northeast of New York City, North White Plains is a key operational center on the route, home to a station and to holding and servicing facilities. A set of Budd-built M3As is preparing for its next journey to New York City.
A veteran M3A set of Metro-North EMUs swing past one of the distinctive steel sculptures which can be found at several locations along the Harlem Line. Coming soon to Train Sim World 2, the Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains will bring to life dynamic and challenging commuter railroading around the Big Apple!
Harlem Line: Grand Central Terminal – North White Plains arrives for Train Sim World 2 on 17th March for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Epic Games Store, and Steam!
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Hustling on the Harlem