Back to the 20’s
The 20’s in the last century does marque a rural period. Steam was in devellopping still and huge engines came to the scenes everywhere in the world. The Lake Erie Railroad provided in that era a lot of work in the mining industry. TS20xx has now recreate the stunning route available and we will take a look on this rural line.
It is not the first time a route came available for simulation concerning the Erie Railroad. in the MSTS period there was a route add-on aiming th 60’s in the last century containing the Erie Lackawanna Railroad with F9A and F9B units, RS11 units and freight waggons such as the ore hoppers.
In the MSTS period you had to move ore trains from the harbour to a certain yard throught the local woods and fields. In comparishing with the present Besemer and Lake Erie scenario’s it is of corse adapted to TS20xx but the main core is to moe ore from the harbor to the industry The old belongs to one of the first add-on’s that became available for MSTS.
When we look closer to the route itself it is a typical North American route with its distinguished 3 position semaphore signals showing 3 aspects at the arm which shows of the different aspects in a lower quadrant position. This signal is completely new for TS20xx.
The route contains a severall steam depots which can inhabit some large steamers. This created the environment to have a multitude of steamers cropped together ont he steam depot and workshop yard which are brightly present near the steam depots as well. The depots will provide your with water, sand and coal and contains some inspection pits as well. Severall station are just a level crossing which are marqued as a station. Now for example at the Alaska railroad you are allowed to board a train on every location as long as you notified the driver on he he appraoches with his train. After the train comes to a hold. The conductor will set up some sort of a stool you can step on to embark the train. This is also the case at the Bessemer& Lake Erie railroad as well.
The Port of Conneaut
When taking a closer look at this port of Conneaut, you will discover severall cranes combined with conveyer belts to unload ships with coal and ore. Heaps of ore, coal and even other minerals are all over the yard ordained and lined up next to each other. Even a loop is present so engines do not need to loop araound and pick up their trains from the back. The directly connected yards are long enought to marshall and assemble large trains. You can create busy scenarios with a lot of shunting and train traffic around.
Swinging warning signs at level crossings.
Also a notable issue is the level crossing which are protected with the typical swinging red light. This warning signal is typical for the USA and were a common sight at almost all railway lines thoughout the USA. The route add-on is well wporth to have and is easliy combined with other material such as The Berksihre’s and the Northerns.
The Berkshire’s and Northerns are also home on these lines and als the Consolidation are suited as the Consolidations also was purchased for service at the B&LE railway company.
The add-on comes with two typical USA steamers the Shunter 0-6-0 and the mighty D1A Class 2-10-2, both are manufactored by Baldwin. The D1A is a true workhorse while the 0-6-0 is a real shunter. The clags and the sounds are bright to hear while the control and the working is only in standard mode. Both engines still comes with their original cab and footplate.
You do not need to have advanced experiance because the HUD display works fine and still you always have to know how to operate a steamer properly n order to get the full advantage, the joy and the ffeeling of driving with steam. Remember if you would like to set up a scenario with the Consolidation for example then you need to know the working of a steam locomotive in detail.
The route is situated in the north of the United States not far away from the Horseshoe Curve and this will give a lot of perspective in order to create combined scenario’s with the standard engines that are included in the Horseshoe Curve. The PRR K4’s are well suited to combine with. In this case and in combination with the PRR diesels you can set up scenario’s early in the 50’s as well in the last century.
Taking a closer look to the depots you have some inspection pits where you can inspect and maintain the engine from even underneath. Thought it is still not available to lubricate manually from underneath you still can do your inspection before you even leave the shed for the next task.
Some sheds has some weed, grass and flora growing which gives you the feeling the shed is abandoned.
It is well worth to have the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad, especially if you already own the Horseshoe Curve you simply can not do without this amazing and stunning route. It will give you goosebumps when riding the heavy ore trains hauled by two 2-10-2 and you can also use the Berkshire instead.
Steamtrains Unlimited recoomandation is very positive about this route.
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