TS21: The Wonderful Western Maryland
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Now available, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack puts you at the throttle for classic-era American railroading on the acclaimed CSX Hanover Subdivision route!
The Western Maryland Railway! Among America’s historic railroads, the Western Maryland Railway holds a notable, and much admired, place in the memory of railroaders and railroad enthusiasts alike. And now, with the new Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack, you can experience all the classic and captivating appeal of this famed American railroad!
Created for the richly detailed and acclaimed Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack includes 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 features 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 also includes a selection of ten highly realistic career scenarios based on actual Western Maryland operations and train symbols that use “Form 19” train orders to add extraordinary authenticity to the operating experience.
In stretching from Baltimore, Maryland westward to Connellsville, Pennsylvania and into West Virginia coal country, the Western Maryland Railway 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 connection 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!
Among the railroad’s many attributes, the Western Maryland was known for its attractive liveries, and all three locomotive types featured in the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack are provided in WM’s traditional black and gold “Speed lettering” livery and the F7 and GP35 also are dressed in the railroad’s flashy “Circus Colors” scheme. The C-13A caboose is presented in a trio of Western Maryland liveries, and the diverse freight equipment wears a variety of Western Maryland, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and generic liveries.
Note: The locomotives and freight equipment included in the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack can be used on a variety of Train Simulator routes; use of the included scenarios requires the CSX Hanover Subdivision route.
Climb aboard and 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 Train simulator Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack – now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores! – Gary Dolzall
Now available, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack includes everything you need to step back in time to the late 1960s and early 1970s and go to work for the “fallen flag” railroad that was nicknamed “The Wild Mary.” It is a wintry day as a quartet of Western Maryland F7s lead an eastbound manifest through “Pennsylvania Dutch” farm country. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Created for the acclaimed Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack features 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 duo of WM EMD GP9s are switching one of the many lineside industries located at Hanover, Pennsylvania. Note: Screenshots depict content in development.
Joining the classic GP9 in the now-available Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack is the famed Electro-Motive F7, which is provided in WM’s traditional black and gold livery and its striking “Circus Color” scheme. WM F7A 55 is leading tonnage over the challenging “roller coaster” profile of the CSX Hanover Subdivision route near Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
Second-generation diesels first arrived on the Western Maryland in the form of EMD’s GP35s, and on the rugged west slope of South Mountain at Raven Rock Trestle. WM GP35s are working fore and aft (above and below) to drag a heavy coal train eastward toward Baltimore.
Along with three locomotives, the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack features WM’s steel C-13A cupola caboose and a selection of ten types of freight equipment. The C-13A caboose is provided in three WM liveries (Fireball, Speed Lettering, and Circus Colors), while the freight equipment is dressed in a variety of Western Maryland, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and generic liveries.
The Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack also features ten realistic career scenarios for the CSX Hanover Subdivision route based on actual WM operations and train symbols. Western Maryland EMD F7 60 leads a classic A-B-B-A set of Western Maryland F-units and a westbound “Alpha Jet” freight through Smithsburg, Maryland.
At historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a pair of Western Maryland GP35s bookend an F7B as the diesels tote tonnage through the magnificently preserved American Civil War battlefield (above). Nearby, a set of Western Maryland GP9s are working the Gettysburg interchange tracks with the Reading (below).
Captivating and bustling 1960s- and 1970s-era railroading is on full display as a trio of Western Maryland EMD GP9s lead an Alpha Jet freight through snowy Hanover (above), and on a sunny summer day, eastbound and westbound “Wild Mary” freights meet at the summit of the Hanover Subdivision route in Highfield, Maryland (below).
A stylish quartet of Western Maryland EMD F7s make their way eastward and curl around one of the two scenic horseshoe curves found on the east slope of the Blue Ridge. Climb aboard and take the throttle of Western Maryland’s magnificent motive power; tackle main line freight, local, and switching duties; and experience railroading amid the historic farmlands and scenic mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania – with the Western Maryland Railway Retro Pack, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores!
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TS21: The Wonderful Western Maryland