TS20: Now Available, the CSX Hanover Subdivision Route!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Climb aboard for great railroading on the challenging and historic CSX Hanover Subdivision route for Train Simulator!
Now available for Train Simulator, the new CSX Hanover Subdivision route delivers challenging and contemporary railroading amid rolling farmlands, rugged mountains, and the history-rich and scenic countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania!
High Iron Simulations, known for its realistic scenario packs, has brought together an extraordinarily talented and experienced team – Rick Grout, Michael Stephan, Wayne Campbell, and Paul and Gary Dolzall – in creating the Hanover Subdivision route.
The new CSX Hanover Subdivision route for Train Simulator extends from Porters, Pennsylvania (east of Hanover, Pa.) to Hagerstown, Maryland.
- The eastern section of the line, traditionally part of the famed and popular Western Maryland Railway, passes through rolling and classic "Pennsylvania Dutch" farmlands, while the western portion of the route is dominated by the crossing of the Blue Ridge Mountains (also known as South Mountain), and features grades of up to 2 percent, Jack’s Mountain Tunnel, and two horseshoe curves! The mountain crossing and even the farmland sections of the railroad feature a “saw-tooth” profile, making for remarkable operating challenges.
- Across its length, the route is packed with more than 20 line-side industries, including manufacturing, food processing, agricultural, warehousing, and aggregates facilities. Sprawling quarries and a massive cement plant on the line generate heavy rail tonnage, and the subdivision has interchanges with three short lines (York Railway, Maryland Midland, and Gettysburg & Northern).
- The route passes through a famous and historic part of America, including Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, site of the largest and most important battle of the American Civil War, where the rail line crosses a portion of the preserved National Battlefield. And the wonderfully restored Gettysburg station is the location at which President Abraham Lincoln arrived to give his timeless "Gettysburg Address."
- The new Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route includes a selection of four locomotives and a variety of freight equipment, highlighted by a superbly crafted CSX SD40-3 rebuilt locomotive! Enhanced versions of the CSX GE Dash 8-40CW (in CSX YN3b livery), EMD CSX SD40-2, and a short line EMD GP9 complete the locomotive roster. And the route also provides a selection of a dozen types of freight equipment, including two-bay and three-bay covered hoppers and stone cars in multiple authentic CSX liveries.
- The route includes ten realistic and diverse scenarios (nine career scenarios and a free roam scenario) created by High Iron Simulations and, as an optional purchase, you can receive and enjoy ten additional career scenarios – 20 scenarios in total – as part of a specially discounted bundle!
As an engineer on the remarkable 62-mile CSX Hanover Subdivision route, you’ll face the challenges of heavy-haul railroading on roller-coaster grades, a combination that requires a steady hand on both throttle and brakes! And in addition to main line operations, you’ll tackle a variety of local and switching operations at lineside industries and amid the urban settings and railway yards of Hanover, Gettysburg, and Hagerstown!
Modern, heavy-tonnage railroading amid the scenic and history-rich farmlands, mountains, and cities of Maryland and Pennsylvania awaits you in the new CSX Hanover Subdivision route for Train Simulator – now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
Now available for Train Simulator, the CSX Hanover Subdivision route delivers challenging and contemporary railroading amid rolling farmlands, rugged mountains, and the history-rich and scenic countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania! CSX SD40-3 4018 has eastbound tonnage in tow as it passes through the massive quarry complex at Greenstone, Pennsylvania. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
The western terminus of the new CSX Hanover Subdivision route is Hagerstown, Maryland, once the home city of the Western Maryland Railway. At Hagerstown Yard, CSX GE Dash 8-40CWs lead a westbound Lurgan Subdivision freight while SD40-3 4218 awaits departure with a freight bound for the Hanover Subdivision. Note: Screenshots depict content in development.
The CSX Hanover Subdivision serves more than 20 lineside industries, among them large quarry and cement facilities that generate heavy tonnage for the line. Just east of Hagerstown, a trio of CSX EMDs passes through the massive cement plant and quarry complex at Security, Maryland. Numerous locations on the route feature highly detailed custom structures.
The east slope passage of South and Jack’s Mountains by the Hanover Subdivision route is truly daunting, with a tunnel, grades of up to 2 percent, and a pair of horseshoe curves! Distinctive CSX SD40-3s are climbing eastbound around the line’s lower horseshoe, near Fairfield, Pennsylvania, with a heavy M-O-W ballast train.
Fresh snow covers the Pennsylvania countryside as a duo of CSX GE Dash 8-40CWs wearing the railroad’s “YN3b” livery work through Orrtanna and pass one of the many food processing plants located along the 62-mile Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route.
It was at Gettysburg’s ornate station on Carlisle Street that President Abraham Lincoln arrived to give his timeless “Gettysburg Address.” CSX SD40-3 4082 is leading a westbound freight past the historic station and adjacent popular diner (above). There are, in fact, two railroad stations at Gettysburg, the second (below) being that of the Gettysburg and Harrisburg Railroad, which later became the Reading.
A pair of CSX EMD SD40-2s switch at a tile-producing plant east of Gettysburg. Four locomotives – the CSX SD40-3 rebuild, EMD SD40-2, CSX GE Dash 8-40CW, and a veteran EMD GP9 in short line livery – are included with the new Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route.
Working eastbound on the CSX Hanover Subdivision route, CSX Dash 8-40CWs pass the vintage Western Maryland depot at New Oxford which features displays of historic equipment, including a Pennsylvania Railroad “bobber” caboose (above). A short time later, the big GEs rumble past a large food plant served by the railroad on the west side of Hanover (below).
The now-available CSX Hanover Subdivision route features connections with short lines at three locations (York Railway at Hanover and Porters and the Gettysburg & Northern at Gettysburg). Working ex-PRR trackage at Hanover, short line GP9 1754 tends to line-side shippers.
The namesake town and central operating point of the CSX Hanover Subdivision is Hanover, Pennsylvania, home to numerous industries, a CSX yard, and a connection with York Railway. At dusk on a wintry day, CSX SD40-3 4082 passes the Hanover depot (above). As an engineer of the beautifully crafted CSX SD40-3 rebuild, you will work authentic engineer’s controls from a detailed and realistic cab (below).
A duo of CSX GEs handles a short line interchange at Porters, Pennsylvania. The CSX Hanover Subdivision route includes ten realistic and diverse scenarios (nine career scenarios and a free roam scenario) and, as an optional purchase, you can receive ten additional career scenarios – 20 scenarios in total – as part of a specially discounted bundle! It’s all available now at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!
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TS20: Now Available, the CSX Hanover Subdivision Route!