Aug 4, 2017

Run the Aerotrain on the Springfield Line

...because, why not? The real Aerotrain might have never done that, but that UFO on rails looks lovely between the green hills and colorful towns along the route.

A two-part scenario with the Aerotrain on the Springfield Line is now available on the Steam Workshop:

Part 1: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1100229299

Part 2: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1100230069



May 25, 2017

B&O Steam Action in the Workshop

Four fantastic new scenarios for the B&O Kingwood Branch have been uploaded to the Steam Workshop by RolandBP and Fleegle411.

Take a trip back in time and do some switching and a short branchline run with the AT&N 2-8-0 in RolandBP's scenarios "The Tunnelton Early Day Shift (part 1)" and part 2, or brace yourself for a brutally challenging run trying to get the Leviathan 4-4-0 up and down the insane gradients in Fleegle441's "Leviathan to Howesville" and "Leviathan to Tunnelton" scenarios.



May 20, 2017

Scenario Editor Black Screen Hotfix Attempt

RolandBP in the Steam discussion forums kindly informed us about a bug on the route that can cause the scenario editor to show a black screen (no lighting of the environment) when trying to edit a scenario on the Kingwood Branch route.

While I do not fully understand the nature of this bug yet, it seems to be related to the weather and/or terrain texturing settings in the RouteProperties.xml and TemplateRoute blueprint. I am linking a hotfix below, containing updated versions of these two files. With them, I have not been able to get the bug to show up any more.

Please backup the two original files first before installing the hotfix.

The modified files are:
Assets\VNHRR\WVN_Railroad\TemplateRoutes\West Virgina Northern.bin
and:
Content\Routes\f45680b0-efe9-4879-9ce5-3d9b0a319b24\RouteProperties.xml

Download link:
http://vnhrr.golden-age-rails.com/files/BO-Kingwood_Editor_Hotfix.zip

Installing this patch is not necessary if you do not want to edit or create your own scenarios.

May 18, 2017

B&O Kingwood Branch Now Available

The latest offering from the VNHRR Team, the B&O Kingwood Branch Route, is now available from Dovetail Games in their store and in the Steam Store.

Please follow these links to the stores to find out more:

You can learn more about this route, and see several new screenshots too, in this fantastic new article by Gary Dolzall: "The Essence of an Era".


Apr 27, 2017

NH Motor Cars and Coaches Now Available

Attention all New Haven fans: Rick Grout of G-Trax Simulations has just released a fantastic set of new models that will absolutely warm your hearts:

Available now for Train Sim 2017 are the 40xx series of steel interurban railcars that were constructed for the New Haven Railroad in 1920-1921 by Osgood Bradley of Worcester, Massachusetts.

These are truly wonderful models that will be the perfect match for your backdated New York - New Haven route scenarios, or even just to make the southern end of the Springfield Line look more alive.

You can download the NH motor car and coach set for free in the RailworksAmerica File Library.



 


Apr 17, 2017

A New Visitor Comes to Kingwood

The tired and light rails were creaking under our weight, but we made it. Travel by Train's new and absolutely stunning B&O GP35 has taken a tour on the Kingwood Branch. The massively increased power over the GP9 is very welcome for the engineer, but the thought that this might lead bosses to simply make the trains longer is worrying. Even a twenty car train with three GP9's can be tricky on this line with its huge elevation changes.

The GP35 is available in the Early Access B&O/Chessie GP35 pack by Travel by Train. We highly recommend this fine add-on locomotive pack for Train Simulator 2017.

Here are some pictures of our tour to and from Kingwood:






Apr 6, 2017

B&O Kingwood: Insane Gradients

Have a look at the Rollercoaster Ride that awaits you on the upcoming B&O Kingwood Branchline route. Only gradients greater than 1% are shown, there are hardly any stretches of level track on this route:


I think we don't promise too much when we call this the Appalachian Rollercoaster:

Apr 5, 2017

B&O Kingwood Branch: Coming Soon

Coming soon to Train Simulator 2017:

The B&O Kingwood Branchline Route
Appalachian Coal Hauling

Based on the West Virginia Northern Railroad, our new route takes you back to the Appalachian woodlands in the 1950s and 60s.

Experience the thrills and challenges of a roller-coaster profile with extreme gradients of over 4%, tight and twisting curves, and even a switchback. There's hardly a moment to rest when you running this route.

Find out more about our route here in this fascinating article written by Gary Dolzall for the train-simulator.com website: The upcoming Baltimore & Ohio Kingwood Branch route will bring to life classic, rugged Appalachian coal railroading!

The article above includes many new screenshots.



Mar 10, 2017

Erie Lackawanna

Here are some more heavyweight repaints for your enjoyment. As the Great Northern and New York Central heavyweights before them, these cars are standalone models and do not require you to own the Springfield Line route DLC.

You can download them on my website or right here on our blog.







Feb 5, 2017

More Heavyweights

A new set of Heavyweight Coaches is now available. Baggage and Coach cars in four liveries of the New York Central railroad and its subsidiary Boston & Albany are ready for download on the blog's download page and on my website.

Matching motive power can be found in my New York Central GP9 pack, which includes two passenger units of the NYC classes DRSP-9g and DRSP-9a C.U.T.







Feb 4, 2017

Heavyweight Repaints Updated

Our Great Northern repaints of the heavyweight baggage and coach cars just got updated to the latest spec models from the Springfield Line 3.0.

You can download them either here on the blog's download page or from my website.

As before, these repaints are freeware and a standalone add-on, in other words they do not require the Springfield Line to be installed.

A scenario pack using these cars is available on my website. In it you will be in charge of GN Train 6, the Seattle-Spokane local, across Stevens Pass. This is a more detailed version of the same scenario that is available on the Workshop, using additional free- and (some) payware items than what is available in the Steam Store.






Jan 29, 2017

VNHRR Presents...

It's peaceful in the countryside. Only the distant roar of the GP9's EMD567 disturbs the babbling brook.


Jan 27, 2017

VNHRR Presents...

We're Back!

Or to be more precise, we were never gone.

Following the release of the Springfield Line last autumn and a brief break from route building, we soon teamed up again and started building a new route. Full details of our project will be released in the following weeks, for now we will just say: