High Iron Simulations has released a new scenario pack for Train Simulator’s B&O Mountain subdivision route.
Western Maryland Scenario Pack 01 delivers challenging railroading on the route. The Western Maryland is a classic and admired railroad fondly nicknamed the “Wild Mary.”
The B&O Mountain Subdivision route also includes Western Maryland’s scenic Thomas subdivision stretching along the Potomac River from Cumberland, Maryland to Hampshire, West Virginia.
The release includes ten challenging and realistic career scenarios with five types of first- and second-generation Western Maryland diesel power, including the Electro-Motive BL2, F7, GP9, GP35, and Alco FA2.
Players can works a variety of scenarios, including:
- handling the WM Thomas subdivision’s lifeblood by moving heavy loads of West Virginia coal east and transporting the empties west;
- working Western Maryland locals, managing challenging switching duties across the length of the Thomas subdivision, and visiting seldom-used coal spur trackage;
- answering the call when a disruption on the Thomas subdivision requires trains to be re-routed onto the adjacent B&O Mountain subdivision and M-O-W work on the WM line;
- handling downtown switching duties around sprawling Cumberland and transfer tonnage from WM’s Ridgely Yard to the B&O Cumberland interchange.
High Iron Simulations is known for creating authentic and challenging scenarios, and this scenario pack is an ideal complement to its popular B&O Mountain Subdivision route. It requires the B&O Mountain Subdivision Route Add-On; Western Maryland Retro Pack Add-On; and Western Maryland BL2 Loco Add-On.
Authentic railroading can be played by handling the Thomas Subdivision’s lifeblood – coal. At Hampshire Mine, a classic set of Western Maryland EMD F7 “covered wagons” could be switching coal-laden hoppers, while on another day a lash-up of WM first- and second-generation EMDs may have a long string of coal in tow at West Virginia Junction. Thomas Subdivision is criss-crossed by the North Branch of the Potomac River frequently, and could be the setting for “Circus Colors” WM Alco FA2 304 to lead a pair of sisters across the river near Rocket Center, West Virginia.
At iconic Westernport, Maryland, a pair of WM GP35s can spliced by a veteran F7B to lug coal off Western Maryland’s “C&P Subdivision” and onto Thomas subdivision rails controlling five notable types of first- and second-generation Western Maryland diesel power, including the Electro-Motive BL2, F7, GP9, GP35, and Alco FA2.
Along with hauling coal tonnage, challenging and realistic local freight and switching duties can be set up, such as a pair of EMD Geeps, arriving with WM’s “East Local” at Beryl Yard and West Virginia Junction, and soon working the sprawling paper plant at Luke. A distinctive WM EMD BL2 82 could have boxcars in tow as it switches the military installation at Rocket Center, West Virginia.
Another scenario could see the caboose of a B&O eastbound train gliding past as Western Maryland Alco FA2 302 and swinging off the WM’s Thomas Subdivision onto the B&O Mountain Subdivision at Twenty-First Junction following a disruption on the WM line. Later in the day, an EMD BL2 81 could depart from WM’s Ridgely Yard bound for the site of the disruption with a M-O-W train.