landnrailroader wrote:Looks like it is going to be an excellent route. I had played with this one when RW first came out as a learning experience, and
I am glad somebody that has a lot of skill is bringing it out.
..............SNIP.......................new 2nd tunnel at Manns.
Just east of the summit, at Lewis Tunnel, there also used to be two tunnels, with the east portal of one much further
east than the presently used one, but one of these has been abandoned.
J. H. Sullivan
You know the route very well! The amazing story of the Jerrry's Run fill is certainly lost outside of a couple of books. Thanks for reminding me of the tunnel names; saves me looking them up. Looking toward future work, do you happen to know if the scales at Riffe/Wolf Creek are located on a siding or on the #2 mainline track? My track chart isn't clear on that and I don't remember.
You've explained why I was puzzled by my terrain data when I was grading the route at the east end of the Lewis tunnels. It didn't appear there was room for two tunnels and I had to widen the cut to give the proper seperation between them. I now remember having ridden through the old long tunnel once (as a road) and seeing that length difference. I probably won't undo what I already have, though.
The grading of the route was the most influencing factor with the route's alignment, however, I'm not so sure the west grade requires LESS power than the east. Pushers were never needed on the east side to return empties. Typically, I see about 2/3's the power on a westbound as on an eastbound loaded coal drag, plus those westbounds often contain more hoppers per train. Though most of the traffic and breakdown problems occur on the slow winding climb of the west slope, they did used to have the occasional hangup on the steeper 1.3% east grade.
I mentioned future work... if I EVER get the scenery done on this section (the first beta is still missing a lot of vegetation), version 2 of this route will include the east slope through the Clifton Forge yards. The Westvaco paper mill at Covington will get special attention. Version 3, if I survive that long, will finish the west end of the division and continue through the yards at Hinton.
Thanks to Michael Stephan the route now has brand new weather and distant terrain blueprints that eliminate the distant white mountains while keeping gorgeous blue skies! Hmmm.... I seem to remember someone at RSC saying they could not do anything about this problem.... ???
Combined with the coming higher detail distant views in RSC's "Technical Update" the quality of the view in the mountains should be much more satisfactory.
Here's a shot of the river crossing area between Second Creek and Ft. Spring tunnels that you spoke of. Indeed, where the floods of '85 and '94 didn't wash it away, you can still see the old roadbed and bridge piers of the original alignment. Many people have walked these tunnels and bridge to/from Ft. Spring to Ronceverte, a five mile level walk vs. a 7 mile hike over a mountain.
And, a new night-time shot..........