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Norfolk Southern's Pittsburgh line (Horseshoe Curve route), Oncoming template
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post Jul 12 2015, 06:44 PM
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Hello to all,

As you have noticed, I have been rather quiet this Spring to take time to re-energize from a rough Winter regarding my mother's death in March.I have been sick for three weeks in May. I believe the stress encountered at the time finally caught up with me. Now I am enjoying more of the Summer with projects this and there, including being regularly present to my grandson and doing some short fitness workouts three times a week.

During that time, I have enjoyed more running the routes and templates I have done over the years. Following one payware Bonus release this Winter, it has tipped the scale, sort of, and convinced me to proceed with construction of Austin Yoder's Horseshoe Curve route. It took some time to look how the route's potential can be maximized.

Finally, after examining the route on every angle as possible, Construction of the templates have started a couple of weeks ago and are now finished. I have started testing the templates, making changes to refine its content. The package will involve four (4) railroads: The Norfolk Southern (NS), the RJ Corman (RJC) serving the Cresson Area, The Conemaugh & Black Lick (C&BL), serving the steel plants in Johnstown and the CSX which have access ( from the S&C sub, which starts at Rockwood) to the Cambria yard and the Gautier Steel plant.

Ten templates (10) will be part of the pack and around 150 serviceable sidings. Some of the engine downloads will require having the MLT's Norfolk Southern engine pack.In addition, the BLW's SW East pack 2 will be also required, more precisely one of the Bonus packs composed of two C&BL SW7's. They will be part of the C&BL templates, where a lot of work will be part of the C&BL templates. For those who don't have the SW set above, I will provide a TS freeware remplacement CON file ( from the pbnenw2.zip file) and even without using the freeware CON file, one can change the default CON file with the freeware locos with Conbuilder, Convoi or Route Riter.

Also it will require from the Streamlines web site the CSX C40-8 Freeware download.

I am providing some shots of already done acts generated by AG.















So that's it so far.

Will update as work progresses.


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post Jul 15 2015, 10:45 AM
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Good Morning:

Sorry to hear about you mom, always a hard time that we all go through but a shock even when expected. Glad to hear things are getting back to normal.

Always look forward to your projects, they have been a source of great entertainment. Haven't heard anything about the Buffalo addon for quite a while, did you give up on the Buffalo template.

Thanks for all the great work you do.

Chandler


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post Jul 15 2015, 07:18 PM
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QUOTE(charliechan @ Jul 15 2015, 10:45 AM) *
Haven't heard anything about the Buffalo addon for quite a while, did you give up on the Buffalo template.

Chandler


Hi Chandler,

Great to hear you are enjoying the templates!

As for the Buffalo templates, they have been completed last February. You can look at post 63 of the Buffalo topic for the numbers. All that's left is to Teemu Saukkonen, the route builder, to release the route in TS. I have attempted twice in late March and May to try to have news from him. Unfortunately no answer. Will try later this summer.

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post Jul 15 2015, 07:26 PM
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Hello to all,

Here are additional shots of the NS EB locals and CBL Yards Templates





















Enjoy the shots


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post Jul 22 2015, 06:31 PM
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Hello to all,

Testing is going well and Benny has started sending his first report earlier and looks good. Again thanks Benny for helping out with the testing! Refinements are still being made on the templates.

Here are additional shots from the RJCorman, Altoona Yards and Juniata freight shops templates. Respectively, 2 RJC GP38-2's, Two NS GP60's and one NS GP60 are the player engines for the designated templates.



















On the following and last one, working inside the Juniata shops, I have replaced the default NS GP60 with Dieselswest's NS MP15 payware. The MP15 is not part of the required downloads of the current template set.



Enjoy the shots and will update later


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post Jul 26 2015, 11:21 AM
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Off to a great start, Denis!
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post Jul 26 2015, 06:55 PM
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Looking pretty good there. Any special requests for rolling stock?

I bet you could also make a Conrail template easily off the Norfolk Southern version.

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post Aug 4 2015, 06:26 PM
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Hello to all,

Continuing to refine the templates. Benny is sending reports with suggestions and improvements were done accordingly. Thanks Benny! For the ALTOONA and JUNIATA Templates, the user will have available a caboose to ensure protection at the back of the consists.

I am including some additional shots coming from the CBL (working around the Johnstown America plant) and EB templates.

















Also, I have written ( in the TS forum via PM) to Austin Yoder (aka ns4life), the route builder, to ask permission to add sidings on both ends to help with the mainline templates.Unfortunately, no reply from him yet.


QUOTE(Conductor Chris @ Jul 26 2015, 06:55 PM) *
I bet you could also make a Conrail template easily off the Norfolk Southern version.

Christopher



I am also happy to announce that a new template package has been done for Conrail. It took complex procedures, a lot of work and careful editing to convert from NS to CR since important changes to the engines and rolling stock were done to accomodate CR.

Timeframe had moved back to the early 90's. That was the time the Dash 8 engines were introduced and cabooses were no more required to be used in consists.The templates are exactly the same as for the NS and were checked each one to ensure they were working correctly. I have not written a README file yet for the package.

Download selection has been difficult, trying to minimize dependace on payware engines. Except for the BLW/ZT C&BL SW7's, The SLI Conrail sd40-2 trainset will be the only other payware required with all other freeware. All GP40's and sd40-2's will use the CR payware set for the shape file and use of three Dash 8-40CW will require MLT's freeware Dash 9, available in the MLT-Tigertrains site.Also a CR MP15 loco will be used for the JUNIATA template.

Here a first screenshot of the CR Altoona Template. You can compare with one for the NS above to see the difference between both templates.





Will update later as it progresses


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post Aug 9 2015, 11:08 AM
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Hello to all,

Refinements of both the CR and NS Horseshoe templates are still being done and am happy with the changes.

I am including the first set of images from the Conrail templates. Images are from the CR Gallitzin local and the CR WB mainline templates.





















Still no reply from Austin for updating the route with two additional sidings at both ends of the route.

In absence of the suggested update, I was having issues for the Mainline WB and EB templates as the number of cars in my consist was too low on my way to Woodvale (WB) or to Altoona (EB). To overcome the issue, the default player consist for both templates and directions has been changed to have at least 50 cars with the player engines. The number of cars to work with shouldn't be more than 15-20 cars for maneuvering considerations.

For example, the WB main enters Altoona with 50 cars, picks up 15 cars at Rose Yard, picks up three helper units before leaving Altoona. The helper units are left inside the Cresson area on the fly (less than 10mph). The train reaches Woodvale with 70 cars before doing more work before leaving for Pittsburgh, ending the activity once reaching 20mph.

Well that's it for the moment.

Will update later


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post Aug 11 2015, 09:05 AM
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Looking good, there! Love those blues!
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post Aug 20 2015, 07:43 PM
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Hello to all,

After testing the route templates and getting a positive report from Benny on his side, I feel ready to release the route templates in the templates page. Both the CR and the NS Horseshoe Curve route will be released separately as the downloads are mostly different to each template. Again, thanks Benny for your help!

Since I didn't get any reply from Austin Yoder for the proposed update, the templates will not include any route upgrade.

Will be writing later to Steve to have the templates uploaded.

Here are the images to be seen in the templates page

For Norfolk Southern


For Conrail


Will confirm the upload once done

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post Aug 21 2015, 08:59 AM
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Thank you, not just for this package, but for all you have done so the rest of us can enjoy this fabulous hobby even more. Your dedication is VERY much appreciated.
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QUOTE(bandorr2000 @ Aug 21 2015, 07:59 AM) *
Thank you, not just for this package, but for all you have done so the rest of us can enjoy this fabulous hobby even more. Your dedication is VERY much appreciated.

I second that.
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post Aug 25 2015, 07:51 AM
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Indeed - thank you very much!
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post Aug 30 2015, 09:23 PM
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Hello to all,

I am still waiting for Steve to confirm the upload to the templates page.

Pending this, I will provide a link to those wishing to download whether the NS, the CR or both templates.

Simply PM me here and I will get back to you with the link to retrieve both templates.

Let me know if issues with the link that will be provided.

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post Dec 17 2015, 06:54 PM
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Hi to all,

Steve has contacted me today and I have sent him both templates to be uploaded to the templates page.

Will confirm once uploaded.


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post Dec 29 2015, 08:31 AM
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Hi to all,

I am happy to announce that Steve have uploaded both the Conrail and NS Horseshoe templates in the templates page and are now available to download.

Thanks Steve for your assistance. To all, enjoy the templates and happy trainsimming.


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