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CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby Hack » Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:12 am

Hi folks!

Since the cat's now out of the bag, a few pics of a route I've been tinkering with. I'm not quite ready to show screens of the track, but will do soon.

First, a bit on the route and why I started it. I'll do my best to answer any questions you might have.

A friend asked that I should look into the Selkirk Branch for MSTS. This was about the same time Rail Simulator was about to be released, so the MSTS project went into the trash. However, this same friend soon landed a job at Railex in South Schenectady, NY, a company that handles UP's long-distance perishable trains from the West Coast, and after a bit of research on Railex and Selkirk, I got started on laying the foundations for the route. A few false starts, plus a recent distraction into other projects, delayed things quite a bit. Nevertheless, I'm back on the horse and playing catch-up, and intend to use this route to help fund and finish a another route project...

Currently tracks extend from Amsterdam, NY to Selkirk Yard, with a few lines in between (ex-NYC, nee Conrail). This is a modern route, so emphasis will be on CSX operations from Amsterdam to Selkirk yard - a distance of only 32 miles, and also includes the Carman Cut-off at South Schenectady. Typical traffic, and there's a lot of it, will see CSX, UP, NS, CP, and BNSF - pretty much all the big guns - dragging short and long distance trains in and around the Schenectady, NY area. Pan Am (Guilford) makes a connection at Rotterdam Jct, and SMS works from Guilderland Center to its connection to the CP at Delanson (ex-D&H mainline).

Although passenger traffic exists nearby (on other lines), they won't be featured in this version, except perhaps some Amtrak running up from Schenectady to Amsterdam. Also, I'm not quite certain how the SMS extension will fit into the scheme of things, but will leave the track there for those interested in scenario creation - in other words, the SMS tracks - and those of the CP over the old D&H - will have only very basic scenery and not be a selling point. The biggest features of the route will be the heavily-traffic along the Selkirk mainline, several locals, the Railex and other industries in S. Schenectady, and finally the yard at Selkirk. Although Selkirk contains a major hump facility, I don't believe RW's physics are quite up to the task of handling it (I may need some guidance here...).

Anyway, here's a few screens of some of the objects from the route (area between Guilderland and Fullers - Note: skys are only an experiment!):

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I'll post more images soon.
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby dejoh » Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:53 am

Fantastic. Will be looking forward to this one.
Now those are some sharp buildings. !!*ok*!!
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby arizonachris » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:45 am

Wow, looks nice, Marc! Can't wait! !!*ok*!! !*salute*!
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby micaelcorleone » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:47 am

These buildings look really sharp. !!*ok*!!

I hope this one won't take years to release. *!!wink!!* !*roll-laugh*!
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby Hack » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:52 am

A few more...

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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby harryadkins » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:18 am

Impressive!
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby Hawk » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:44 am

Amazing what you can do with a $3,000. modeling program, and I reckon a little talent. *!greengrin!* !!*ok*!!
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby Hack » Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:11 am

A few more for the 4th...

1) Mohawk River crossing just above Hoffmans; 2) B&M connection (Guilford, now Pan Am) at Rotterdam Jct; 3) D&H crossing (now CP) in South Schenectady (Rotterdam):

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4) Price Chopper, Railex, and the Carman Cutoff in South Schenectady; 5) flyover at Fullers; 6) Watervleit Dam at French's Hollow:

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7) NY State Hwy Dept at Guilderland; 8) Guilderland Center industrial park (a former US Army storage depot); 9) D&H connection at Voorheesville:

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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby arizonachris » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:23 am

Hawk wrote:, and I reckon a little talent. *!greengrin!* !!*ok*!!


He he he, "you reckon" a little talent. I'd say Marc has a heck of a lot of talent. !!*ok*!! !*salute*! (yes, I am picking on you today)
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby Hawk » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:25 am

arizonachris wrote:(yes, I am picking on you today)

Pick away. It will give someone else a break. !*roll-laugh*!
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby Chessie8638 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:26 am

Looking good. CSX across New York has always been on my list of railfan trips. !!*ok*!!
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby arizonachris » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:39 am

Hawk wrote:Pick away. It will give someone else a break. !*roll-laugh*!


You still the fire hydrant? !*roll-laugh*! !*roll-laugh*! !*roll-laugh*! **!!bow!!**
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby Hawk » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:44 am

arizonachris wrote:You still the fire hydrant? !*roll-laugh*! !*roll-laugh*! !*roll-laugh*! **!!bow!!**

...and all my friends are dogs. !*roll-laugh*!
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby arizonachris » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:47 pm

Hawk wrote:...and all my friends are dogs. !*roll-laugh*!


No, I'm a cat. Long as you consider me a friend, I guess. Otherwise I'm just another stray. !*roll-laugh*!
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Re: CSX Selkirk Branch

Unread postby dejoh » Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:15 pm

Getting back on topic, http://therailchannel.com/index.htm has a nice video
Along the CSX Selkirk route. Hey Marc, Trees-Trees-Trees everywhere.
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