TS19: Hudson Line Hurrah!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
The famous Hudson Line, featuring Metro-North, Amtrak, and CSX railroading, is now available for Train Simulator!
Metro-North commuter, Amtrak intercity passenger, and CSX freight railroading, combined with the memorable scenic beauty of the Hudson River valley, all combine to make the Hudson Line, which extends northward from New York City, one of America’s most remarkable rail routes – and now, the Hudson Line: New York to Croton-Harmon route comes to Train Simulator!
Train Simulator’s Hudson Line route features New York City’s great stations – bustling New York Penn Station and classic Grand Central Terminal – and extends north along the east bank of the Hudson River over the length of the line’s third-rail electrification to Croton-Harmon, New York, site of Metro-North’s primary shop complex as well as CSX’s West Croton Yard.
The new route includes extensive New York City area trackage, including Amtrak’s West Side Empire Connection, Metro-North’s Park Avenue main line out of Grand Central Terminal, CSX’s Oak Point Link freight route and Harlem River and Oak Point Yards, and the section of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor from the Bronx over Hell Gate Bridge to Sunnyside Yard and Penn Station. All told, the Train Simulator Hudson Line: New York to Croton-Harmon route delivers approximately 60 route miles of intensive and captivating “Big Apple” railroading!
Metro-North operates more than 150 commuter trains on the multi-track Hudson Line each weekday, and the workhorse of the electrified section of the line is MNCR’s M7A electric-multiple units, which are included and featured with the new route. A sister of Long Island Rail Road’s M7s, the MNCR M7A was introduced to service in 2004 and the railroad acquired 336 of the blue-and-silver EMUs for service on its Hudson and Harlem lines. Joining the Metro-North M7A on the route are an authentic and diverse variety of locomotives and equipment employed on the Hudson Line, which include MNCR and Amtrak P32AC-DM passenger locomotives, CSX SD40-2 and 3GS-21B “GenSet” freight locomotives, Amtrak Amfleet passenger cars, Metro-North Shoreliner commuter cars, and a selection of freight rolling stock!
Between Grand Central Terminal and Croton-Harmon, the Train Simulator Hudson Line route includes 20 intermediate Metro-North stations as well as MNCR’s Highbridge facility on the north side of New York City and the commuter railroad’s 100-acre Croton-Harmon shop complex, which was originally a New York Central facility and has since been expanded and modernized to handle MNCR locomotive, EMU, and equipment maintenance and repairs.
Amtrak diesel-powered and Amfleet-equipped Empire Corridor trains, as well as long-distance trains on the Hudson Line such as the Lake Shore Limited, operate to and from New York Penn Station via the ex-New York Central West Side Line, now known as the Empire Connection. From Penn Station, this line operates along (and often under) the west side of Manhattan to a connection with the MNCR Hudson Line at Spuyten Duyvil. In addition to New York Penn and Croton-Harmon, many Amtrak trains make station stops at Yonkers, New York.
Freight service on the Hudson Line is operated by CSX and includes manifests and New York’s rather notorious “trash trains” operating into and out of Oak Point and Harlem River yards. Serving as an efficient link between the Hudson Line and CSX’s Oak Point Yard is the Oak Point Link, a 2-mile line build by the State of New York along and atop the north bank of the Harlem River and opened in 1998.
Train Simulator’s Hudson Line: New York to Croton-Harmon route brings to life one of the busiest, most famous, and remarkably scenic rail lines in the eastern U. S., delivering fast-paced and challenging American railroading at its contemporary best! The Train Simulator Hudson Line route is now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
Now available for Train Simulator is the Hudson Line: New York to Croton-Harmon route, one of the busiest, most famous, and scenic rail lines in the eastern U. S. Featuring Metro-North’s modern M7A EMUs along with a variety of Amtrak, Metro-North, and CSX equipment, the route follows the Hudson River from New York City to Croton-Harmon, New York and includes approximately 60 miles of “Big Apple” region railroading! With the Hudson River as a backdrop, a New York City-bound Metro-North M7A train hustles along the route’s four-track main line. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
The new Train Simulator Hudson Line route includes both of New York City’s great passenger stations – Grand Central Terminal and New York Penn. Amtrak Empire Service trains on the Hudson Line operate to and from New York Penn via the ex-New York Central West Side Line, now known as the Empire Connection. From Penn Station, this line operates along, and often under, the west side of Manhattan (above) to a connection with the MNCR at Spuyten Duyvil, and on the way passes under the towering George Washington Bridge (below). Note: Screenshots may depict content still in development.
Grand Central Terminal (above) is the New York City origin and destination point of MNCR commuter trains on the Hudson Line, which utilize the Park Avenue tunnel and viaduct to reach 125th Street Station in Harlem. Just north of 125th Street, two outbound Metro-North M7A trains approach the Harlem River on a snowy eve (below).
The now available Hudson Line: New York to Croton-Harmon route is home to two major Metro-North shop and yard complexes, including the Highbridge facility in the Bronx (above). The facility, and the section of the Bronx where it is located, derives its name from the historic High Bridge (below), originally built in 1848 as part of the Croton Aqueduct.
As it approaches the Hudson River and its junction with the Amtrak Empire Connection, Metro-North’s Hudson Line curls along the Harlem River, first passing under the Broadway Bridge of the MTA Subway “1 Line” at Marble Hill (above), then swinging through deep and rocky Spuyten Duyvil cut on a tight, 30-mph curve (below).
A large community along the Hudson Line is Yonkers, New York, which serves as a station stop for both Metro-North commuter and Amtrak intercity services (above). Yonkers is also host to lineside industries (below) served by CSX local freights.
The Hudson River Valley is a fashionable and enjoyable place to reside, with one decided exception – notorious “Sing Sing” Prison located along the Hudson Line at Ossining, New York! With Metro-North P32AC-DM power and Shoreliner coaches, a northbound MNCR commuter train hurries past the forbidding walls and guard towers of the maximum-security Sing Sing facility, which was opened in 1826.
The north end of the Train Simulator Hudson Line route at Croton-Harmon includes not only Metro-North’s sprawling yard and shop complex, but CSX’s West Croton Yard. Dawn is just breaking at West Croton as an Oak Point-bound manifest freight begins its pull with a duo of CSX SD40-2s as power.
Along the famed Hudson River, Metro-North M7As meet at Greystone, New York. With more than 20 served stations, major yard and shop complexes, Metro-North, Amtrak, and CSX operations, and approximately 60 route miles of intensive “Big Apple” region railroading, the new Train Simulator Hudson Line route promises fast-paced and challenging American railroading at its contemporary best. The Train Simulator Hudson Line: New York to Croton-Harmon route is now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores!
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TS19: Hudson Line Hurrah!