Boston and Maine Railroad Route by Rick Kfoury (RickKfoury)
BMRoute.zip - 5.3 MB
A fictional Boston and Maine route set in NH between 1955-1960. The route includes two scenic branchlines and a mainline.
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The Boston & Maine Railroad (1835-1983) was the dominant New England railsystem from the latter half of the 19th Century until its absorption by the Guilford Rail System in 1982. It gained fame
not only for its many services in New England, but for its charm, determination and character. Trouble found the B&M often, and the road almost never saw the enormous prosperity its other Class 1
neighbors to the south enjoyed.
However, the Boston & Maine still managed to capture the heart and minds of railfans and the public while supporting the economy of New England for over a Century. In the words of George Drury,
"It was a small railroad, and a good one."
The Boston & Maine was famous for its many bucolic and scenic branchlines, an in many respects was a "branch" railroad. While there was certainly a lot of mainline action, especially on its Portland,
Connecticut River and Fitchburg Divisions, the identity and most of the memories of the B&M came from its many back-country branches. These idyllic lines passed mountains and rivers, traversed lakes
via causeway and spanned charming covered bridges and impressive steel trestles. Often, these "mom-and-pop" branches were the only means a small town had to ship goods to the outside world.
The line I have created represents a fictional Boston & Maine route and two branchlines in the State of New Hampshire in the period from 1955-1960, when the B&M, and railroads nationwide, were
experiencing great changes. Although it is a fictional route, the branches borrow aspects from many Boston & Maine lines including the Conway Branch, Wolfeboro Branch, Greenville Branch, Hillsboro Branch,
Goffstown Branch, Manchester and Lawrence Branch, Portsmouth Branch, Claremont and Concord Branch, and many others. Our line begins in a small industrial city where it leaves a busy mainline and
curves northward. After serving quite a few city businesses, the line enters the countryside, rolling through fields and farmland. Next up is a large lake, which the line crosses via causeway.
The line swings to the Northwest and begins to climb a grade as mountains close in. A steep enbankment and a gravel company spurline come next. After this, the line swings to the west and crosses
a river gorge over an impressive steel trestle. Passing peaceful hills and an orchard, our line then gradually turns south and comes to a dead-end halt at a mountain village, where industries
include a box factory, coal trestle and Railway Express Agency.
Further down the mainline is a larger industrial city with a riverside mill complex. The mainline passes a passenger depot and opens up into a large classification yard and engine facility.
Before the yard, a second branch leaves the main and crosses the river, where a spur heads into the mill complex. The branch continues through the city and heads out into the woods, passing a large
sand pit spur with a rented B&M 44 TOnner. The branch continues up country to a small town, whose passenger station is abandoned and boarded up. The only industries in this village are the local
freight depot and an oil company. The branch continues on for miles, but just beyond town center a barrier of ties spells its end as rusty, unused rails continue on into the distance; a branch cut
back due to flood damage.
This is my first route, and is rather small. However, a good amount of New England railroading action can be enjoyed.
Use a zip program (such as winzip) to extract the .rwp file, then use the Railworks Utilities program to install using Package manager.
The assets needed to run this route are:
-The Portland Terminal Route
-The Horseshoe Curve Route
-The RWA Lakeside Route (Railworks America)
-The VNH Springfield Route (Trains and Drivers)
-John Lippai's New River Division Trestle Pack (Railworks America)
-G-Trax assets (Included in game, US Assets Pack also needed)
-Kuju RailSimulator and RailSimulator Core (Included in game)
-Britkits Payware GP7, RS3, SW1200
-Diego Gallina's B&M repaints for these locomotives
-DLC GP9 Pack (And Gallina's B&M GP9 repaint)
-B&M HH660 (Available from Elvas Tower)
-B&M 44 TOnner (Steam)
-Golden Age Rails 40 ft. Reefers and Michael Calvin's repaints
Special thanks goes to Dick Cowen of Britkits, Diego Gallina, Buzz456, Michael Calvin and the creators of all the payware kits.
Extra special thanks go to the men and women of the Boston and Maine Railroad, who for 148 years gave their life and livelihood to the iron road.
Please remember even those this file is free, the author still has rights to the file. Be sure to read the readme that is enclosed for further copyright information and instructions to install the file.
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