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Alright guys, so I have a friend who works for a software development company that produces performance engines for video games, in addition they also make add-ons for various train simulators. A potential new project is tentatively titled "The (Redwood) Empire Strikes Back". It will be modeling a modern day NWP in an alternate reality in which the lumber industry is booming and the deepwater Port of Humboldt Bay provides the NWP with many trains carrying goods for import and export. Smart is in full swing and the line south of Headsburg is Two Main Track CTC. Although the Tiburon line is abandoned, the line still extends south to Sausalito and the Sebastopol, Sonoma, and the extreme northern end of the SP Santa Rosa Branch are all still in service.
The CFNR exists, but has no presence in the bay area, as it is confined to its West Side and West Valley lines in the valley. The NWP interchanges directly with the UP in Lombard/American Canyon, where the NWP has a large yard and locomotive service facility simply call "Lombard Yard". BNSF interchanges directly with the NWP as well, via trackage rights over the UP from Stockton.
Now that I've told you a little bit about the project, let inform abut my (and possibly your) involvement. Working in the railroad industry currently, my friend has asked my to consult on operations. I'm sure many of you on this site know much more about the NWP than I do, so I've been asked to seek help from you. Keep in mind that this is a freeware (nonprofit) project, and any contributions you make will not be financially compensated. I've been asked not to give any details on the company prior to an official announcement, if the project ever makes it that far, so all ideas and contributions will be confined to this site for the time being. Remember, the project will only go forward if there is sufficient interest, and is only in the planning stages.
Do you currently play any train simulators? If so, name them.
Do you know anyone who plays train simulators?
If you do not play train simulators, would you if this project see's the light of day?
As for the actual project itself:
What paint scheme would you like this NWP to wear?
What types of locomotives would you like to see on the roster?
Keep in mind that the NWP is going to be modeled as a modern, well-off regional, so exotic locomotives like Alco's, F-units, etc will not be considered. We're actually on the fence about whether or not there should be any older 567-powered EMD's (i.e. SD9's) on the roster, given the recent purging of the aging products on many real life regionals and shortlines. The popular plan is to have a predominately EMD 645-powered roster, perhaps with a small number of 710 powered six axles, like MRL, FEC, NYSW, ARR, or maybe some GE's, like Iowa Interstate. The point is, we're modeling a modern railroad here, and the roster should reflect that.
That said, here are the figures:
Samoa Autorack Ramp: 1 four axle
Arcata: 3 four axle
Eureka: 1 four axle, 3 four axle RCL
Scotia: 4 four axle, 3 four axle RCL
Willits: 3 four axle, 4 six axle
Ukiah: 4 four axle
Santa Rosa: 2 four axle, 1 four axle RCL
Petaluma: 6 four axle, 1 four axle RCL
Lombard/American Canyon: 2 four axle, 1 four axle RCL, 10 six axle, 2 six axle RCL
That's 26 four axle units, 9 four axle RCL units, 14 six axle units, and 2 six axle RCL units. That's 51 locomotives needed for daily operation, plus a sufficient number of spares.
The Port of Humboldt will have a container port, plus an aggregate export facility for either coal, iron ore, or both. Samoa will have a ramp for autoracks for imports. Cause, you know, we gotta have them Honda's.
I'll have more info later and will be happy to answer any questions. If you haven't already, be sure and check out part of the timetable: http://nwprr.net/photo/nwp-timetable
I'll see if I can get a hold of more later. Thanks, and looking forward to everyone's ideas!