GenericZack wrote:Happy 2 Year Anniversary Siskiyou!
I just reread my original post, and had to chuckle at my estimate of 'another 1000-1200 hours to finish the route...' I have put another ~900 hours into the route since then, and I'm only about 65% done with the first half of the line!
I have learned a LOT about route building, Railworks, and the line itself in that time. This work has also opened the door for some of the friendships I have made in this community, which I am grateful for. I'm still excited and upbeat about completing the route in a relatively timely fashion, and even more excited for you guys to get to run some trains on it.
Enough maudlin, time for some screenshots!
1. The line ascends the 'gentle' 1% grade up the 'west' slope of Snowden Hill, while the Oregon slough slowly flows through farmers fields and irrigation systems.
2. Under the gaze of Mount Shasta, three 'levels' of line are visible as the tracks snakes down the 2.2% grade from Mott siding into the Sacramento River Canyon. I like these double horseshoe track alignmetns, as I can cover almost eight miles of track with only two and a half miles of scenery!
3. Amtrak's 'eastbound' Coast Starlight serves as a test train for checking track and easements in the canyon. This is some very early placeholder scenery for the famous Cantara Loop.
4. The beginning and ends of the lap sidings at Mott and Azalea. These will provide some fantastic opportunities for three way meets in scenarios, and creative use by scenario authors. Much terrain work is required in this area before scenery work would begin.
5. The main track, and siding at Upton, looking geographically north at Black Butte. Placeholder scenery again, but an idea of things to come.