Train Simulator

TS21: The “Wild Mary!”

Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Coming soon, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack brings an American classic to life on the acclaimed CSX Hanover Subdivision route!
Experience the classic and captivating railroading of the famed and beloved Western Maryland Railway in the upcoming Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack!
Created for the acclaimed Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack will include everything you need to step back in time to the late 1960s and early 1970s and go to work for the railroad that was nicknamed “The Wild Mary” and known as “The Fast Freight Line.”
The Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack will include three types of Western Maryland diesel locomotives – the Electro-Motive F7, GP9, and GP35 – along with the railroad’s noted steel C-13A cupola caboose, and ten era-authentic types of freight equipment. And the retro pack will also feature a selection of ten highly realistic career scenarios based on actual Western Maryland operations and train symbols and which will use “Form 19” train orders to add extraordinary authenticity to the operating experience!
All three locomotive types will be provided in WM’s traditional black and gold “Speed lettering” livery and the F7 and GP35 will also be dressed in the railroad’s flashy “Circus Colors” scheme. The C-13A caboose is to be featured in a trio of Western Maryland liveries and the freight equipment will wear a variety of Western Maryland, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and generic liveries.
Among the rollcall of American “fallen flag” railroads, the Western Maryland Railway holds a notable, and much admired, place in the memory of railroaders and railroad enthusiasts alike. In stretching from Baltimore, Maryland westward to Connellsville, Pennsylvania and into West Virginia coal country, the Western Maryland Railway was big and busy enough to be pulsing with action, yet small enough to be comfortably familiar. For the train-watcher, Western Maryland was at once a tough, traditional Allegheny coal hauler and a spiffy bridge route that hustled freight on its “Alpha Jets.”
For the Western Maryland, everything east of the railroad’s headquarters town of Hagerstown, Maryland was informally “the East End.” Northeast from Hagerstown, the Lurgan Subdivision extended to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and a connecting with the Reading, while WM’s Eastern and Hanover Subdivisions stretched eastward to Baltimore. Train Simulator’s recently released CSX Hanover Subdivision route includes the ex-Western Maryland line from Hagerstown to Porters, Pennsylvania (east of Hanover) and wonderfully replicates 62-route miles through scenic and historic “Pennsylvania Dutch” farmland and across rugged South Mountain and the Blue Ridge!
Note: The locomotives and freight equipment included in the upcoming Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack can be used on a variety of Train Simulator route; use of the included scenarios will require the CSX Hanover Subdivision route.
Get ready to take the throttle of Western Maryland’s magnificent motive power, tackle main line freight, local, and switching duties, and experience 1960s and 1970s-era railroading amid the historic farmlands and scenic mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania - with the upcoming Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack for Train Simulator! – Gary Dolzall
Coming soon to Train Simulator, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack will include everything you need to step back in time to the late 1960s and early 1970s and go to work for the famed railroad that was nicknamed “The Wild Mary.” At the summit of the Blue Ridge, eastbound and westbound Western Maryland freights meet in Highfield, Maryland. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Created for the acclaimed Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack will include three types of Western Maryland diesel locomotives – the Electro-Motive GP9, F7, and GP35. Wearing Western Maryland’s traditional black and gold “Speed Lettering” livery, a pair of WM EMD GP9s are lugging tonnage through Hanover, Pennsylvania. Note: Screenshots depict content in development.
Joining the classic GP9 in the upcoming Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack will be the famed Electro-Motive F7 and potent GP35, each wearing both the WM’s traditional black and gold livery and its stunning “Circus Colors” scheme. At Hanover, an eastbound coal train powered by F7s passes WM GP35s and F-units awaiting their next assignment.
Along with three locomotives types, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack will feature WM’s steel C-13A cupola caboose and a selection of ten types of freight equipment! The C-13A caboose (above) will be featured in three WM liveries (Fireball, Speed Lettering, and Circus Colors), while the freight equipment will be provided in a variety of Western Maryland, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and generic liveries (below).
The Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack will also feature ten realistic career scenarios for the CSX Hanover Subdivision route based on actual WM operations and train symbols. Western Maryland EMD GP9 44 leads the way with eastbound tonnage passing the historic Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) Carlisle Street station (above), then a short time later switches the distillery on the east side of Gettysburg (below).
A classic A-B-B-A set of Western Maryland F7s in black-and-gold livery (above) have just brought tonnage down the west slope of South Mountain and are bound for Hagerstown. At Orrtanna, Pennsylvania (below), another set of F7s, most dressed in WM’s stunning “Circus Colors,” handles switching at the town’s large food processing plant.
Second-generation diesels first arrived on the Western Maryland in the form of EMD’s GP35s. East of Gettysburg, at Granite, Pennsylvania, a trio of WM GP35s are toting tonnage past a grain facility (above) on the CSX Hanover Subdivision route, then a time later rumble past the stylish WM depot at New Oxford, Pennsylvania (below).
A handsome duo of Western Maryland EMD GP9s span Rock Creek at Gettysburg. Get ready to take the throttle of Western Maryland’s magnificent motive power, tackle main line freight, local, and switching duties, and experience 1960s and 1970s-era railroading amid the historic farmlands and scenic mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania - with the upcoming Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack for Train Simulator!
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