I made a similar proposal a while back, but I thought I'd rewrite it. I'd like to send a route proposal to DTG as well as the 3rd Party route builders. My route proposal is the CSX/B&O Keystone Subdivision, running approximately 153 miles from the big city of Pittsburgh, PA to the town of Cumberland, MD. The route climbs the Allegheny Mountains over the famous Sand Patch Grade. Cumberland, MD is also the home of one of CSX's major classification yards and locomotive shops. The route would also include two major coal mines; Shaw Mine and Rockwood Mine. Not to mention, the Sand Patch Grade is one of the steepest railroad grades in the eastern United States. Originally owned and operated by the Pittsburgh & Connellsville Railroad, construction of the line from Pittsburgh, PA to Connellsville, PA began in 1847. It was completed and opened in 1857. It was later extended to Cumberland, MD, which was completed in 1871. Effective January 1, 1876, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad leased the P&C for 50 years, and the P&C was merged into the B&O in 1912. A new bridge over the Youghiogheny River at Sinns opened in 1968, connecting the old P&C to the parallel Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (which the B&O had trackage rights over to New Castle) on the opposite shore. This allowed B&O trains to bypass downtown McKeesport; the B&O line through McKeesport was closed in 1970. The P&LE is now CSX's Pittsburgh Subdivision, while the old B&O tracks in the Pittsburgh area are mostly abandoned or operated by short lines. In summer 1985, the Chessie System (the B&O's holding company at the time) announced that it would sever its St. Louis line through Ohio, rerouting all through traffic over the Alleghenies at Sand Patch rather than along the older Mountain Subdivision. As of today, the CSX Keystone Subdivision still sees plenty of freight traffic, including autoracks, intermodal, grain, coal, mixed freight, and locals. In addition to freight traffic, the Keystone Subdivision also sees Amtrak's Capitol Limited, which runs daily between Chicago and Washington, DC. For those who like the challenge of hauling heavy freight trains up and down steep grades, I think the Keystone Subdivision would be a perfect route for for Train Simulator. Should the route be set in the modern era, I think it shall include the GE ES44AH, the GE ES40DC, the EMD SD70MAC (with flared radiators), and the EMD SD70M for heavy haul, and the EMD SD40-2 (with nose-mounted headlights) and EMD GP38-2 for virtually any purpose (such as heavy haul, locals, switching, etc). However, I wouldn't mind seeing this route set in other eras. What era would you prefer this route to be set in? Pre-1950's (Steam) 1950's (Transition) 1960's (Early Diesel) 1970's to 1980's (Chessie System/Early CSX) 1990's to Early 2000's Present Day Cast your vote!