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Author Topic: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]  (Read 67327 times)

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Howdy all -

Here's a project that will never be completed in any reasonable amount of time, but this is a fictional group of shortlines that all have pointless interchanges with one another and pingpong cars back and forth from larger Class 1s and others.  As of right now, this group features 4 railroads - Bridgeport Aberdeen & Southern [BASR], Breadwood McCentral [BWED], Maxon-Dixon Rail Link [MDRL] (EDIT* 5/3/13 - changed to Cumberland & Potomac CPRY), and whatever Alex decides to call his route today; last month before he vanished it was the Luzerne & Susquehanna [LNS], (EDIT* 5/11/13 now the Mayburry Northern [MBRY]).  Each of these have some sort of stupid interchange with one another at some point, as well as a number of Class 1s that feed us the majority of our cars; as of right now I think the major one of these is Conrail, but these guys can chime in if there's others.

EDIT: Nikos also was sucked into this vortex, now we have the Sunburry Southern [SBSR?] looped in as well.

Time period is ~1996, right before the ditchlight requirement, and the routes bridge across Pennsylvania.
This will ultimately be a dumping ground for random screenshots, renders, maps, timetables, whatever stupid stuff I/we come up for for the 'project'.   :headspin:

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Here's a few BASR shots & info to kick off the thread, enjoy guys:

As it stands, the Bridgeport Aberdeen & Southern roster is comprised of 2 MP15AC's, 1 SD45, and 2 leased HLCX GP38-2s, all active.  There is also one dead & unrebuilt MP15AC parts unit, as well as an assortment of random MoW equipment including a few cabooses, tool cars, flats, etc.  This is a new railroad that was only formed within the last few months, and this is the power present at startup.

Early morning at the Aberdeen shop shows the local crew prepping their power for the day, in the form of MP15AC 552 and HLCX GP38-2 340, for the run to Bridgeport to switch NorPenn Beer Distributors, Dunder-Mifflin Paper, the team track, Rasmussen Concrete on the mainline, and finally Wookie Gas in Nashua before grabbing the interchange cars from the Breadwood up in Roxbury.  



More to come!  [toot]
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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 08:23:41 PM »

Nice work Deet, Good too see that sandtower getting used mate.
Mick. :cheers:
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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 09:01:24 PM »

Breadwood McCentral? The hell? okay. Here's some McCentral McNuggets loafing at the east end of Breadwood Yard.

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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2013, 09:04:50 PM »

Breadwood McCentral? The hell? okay. Here's some McCentral McNuggets loafing at the east end of Breadwood Yard.

 ;D Them McNuggets be looking good, and thanks Mick, that sandtower fits right in here.  :thumbsup:

Been making some good progress tonight - from a few months ago, here we see an early MoW extra with the 550 on point drifts downgrade towards the L&NS interchange in East Aberdeen on a dreary winter day.

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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2013, 11:48:06 PM »

later this same day 93 is seen drilling some hoppers and reefers to corresponding trains

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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2013, 01:24:52 PM »

McNuggets  :thumbsup:

Today the RS-7 has a long cut of interchange cars from the LNS - pulled by the railroad's twin active 1500s 550/552, they're seen here with the throttle in the corner, screaming up the hill towards Aberdeen Yard.

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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2013, 11:47:11 AM »

Looking great!
Nice to see that you dont model summer.


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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2013, 01:27:45 PM »

Thanks Andre - I have to say that modelling in the winter can yield some sweet results, definitely a big fan of this style now.  O0

This view is looking towards RX Tower with the LNS/CR interchange yard at left, and old mainline (now access to Rasmussen Cement) at the right, with Conrail on the bridge upstairs.  The guard shack & gates are the main entrance into the cement place.  Had a really productive night last night!



And for giggles I borrowed 3/4 of the McNuggets to try their hand at pulling the interchange drag up the hill; with 12 axles total on the rails, these babies did surprisingly well!
Here they are cruising downgrade to the interchange.

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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2013, 02:26:52 AM »

After leasing a pair of GP38-2s from HLCX for the last few months, when the lease was up the BASR ended up purchasing the units entirely.  The former UP/HLCX 340 was the first to be shopped, renumbered to #568 and repainted in the Aberdeen shops last week.  Here the 568 is on its first test run west with the 552 and un-repainted & un-renumbered sister 343 in the lashup of today's RS59.  

The new addition to the paint scheme was the white band separating the black & blue... El Presidente likes the look and as the rest of the fleet is cycled through the shop this will be added.

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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2013, 06:40:36 AM »

Just became my most watched thread fella's, Great work and the detail in each pic is amazing keep em comming.
Cheers Mick. :cheers:
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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2013, 12:41:14 AM »

Thanks a lot Mick, makes it all worth posting the shots and doing the work.  :cheers:

Here we see today's RS58 with the same lashup as the previous day, booking it home to Aberdeen with a snowstorm rolling in from the west.
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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2013, 01:00:40 AM »

A couple mcnuggets scoot East with a string of empties

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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2013, 06:38:48 PM »

Before being abolished and the duties transferred over to the new RS-6/7, here is the RS-54 with newly reactivated MP15AC 553 on point & a leaser SW1500 drilling the variety of customers in the Bridgeport vicinity.  These industries are now covered by the RS-6 (east-end job) which also switches the MDRL/LNS interchanges, as well as a few other duties in the local Aberdeen area. 



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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2013, 09:45:23 PM »

SPOILER ALERT: MDRL is now C&P (Cumberland & Potomac)

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Re: Blawnmaster2000 County: A Veritable Paradise [PA Shortline Group]
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2013, 12:50:52 PM »

The Aberdeen shop guys completed the 550's 92 day this morning after she'd been out for the majority of the week - here she is being load tested on the shop pad after the white band was added.  552, 553, and 670 are next - no plans to paint or number the 343 as of yet.

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