Hi everyone. I've been commuting from South Attleboro to Boston on MBTA more or less daily (less, these days) for the last ten years. I was excited to drive the route on TSW2 and thought I would offer my perspective from IRL. Timetables: - These are at least a couple of years out of date, which is not unreasonable because the most recent alterations are post-covid implementations. Still, the service date for each of the timetable routes appears to be August 15, 2021, which is incorrect. Currently, 810 leaves Providence at 07:40 and runs express from Mansfield at 08:09. 808 used to be the express train, but is now a local, leaving Providence at 07:15. Train 842 local originating at Attleboro has been discontinued. Additionally, the inbound express train now stops at Ruggles, whereas previously they skipped Ruggles and ran from Mansfield to Back Bay (as they do in the game). The outbound schedule has also been changed considerably, and I'm not sure if they plan to revert to the old timetable once ridership goes back up. - Additionally, in the past few years the MBTA has implemented "limited service" routes that go into effect during snow emergencies. This results in suspension of some routes, and the expresses are converted to locals. Also, most of the Readville trains are sacrificed during snow emergencies and subjected to bus substitution. Not sure if this is something that can be coded in when the weather is set to heavy snow. Rolling stock: - Others have pointed this out, but I'll pile on. Morning and evening rush trains almost exclusively use bi-level coaches, with the express trains running 8 car sets. Single-levels are sometimes subbed in when there are equipment shortages, but this is relatively rare (and in the pre-COVID days, anyone getting on after Attleboro became a sardine - it sucked). All of the cars in the sim are CTC-3s which were built in the 1980s and feature blue seats in a 2x2 configuration. These exist, but are increasingly rare especially on the Providence line which is the busiest in the system. More commonly, you'll find a CTC-3 cab car hitched to the Kawasaki or Hyundai rolling stock. I don't think I've ever seen a full CTC-3 set in real life. I'm not sure what the logic was in choosing the oldest in-service stock for the route. Overall route notes: - I'm not sure if the ACSES speed is set to 90 in real life, but all MBTA trains on the corridor run at a max speed of 80. - Not sure why there are in-cab signal aspects in the cab car but not in the loco. That might be accurate but it doesn't make too much sense. - The descriptions in the timetable and scenarios should not be using "east" and "west" directionals. The majority of the route is NE/SW, but everyone uses north and south particularly since the route runs parallel to I-95 which is a north-south route. Nobody thinks of Providence as "west" of Boston. "East" and "west" directionals are more applicable to trains going to Worcester and points west. - Am I right that the drivers essentially switch between 0 and full service when braking? That's really the only way I can effectively time my stops. - Long term suggestion box: If you add a frieght service on the Providence & Worcester railroad running northwest, and mixed MBTA/CSX on the Worcester to Boston route, this would be a shut-up-and-take-my-money situation. I would not complain about anything else ever again. Providence Station: - The platform level looks great. The "generic" hallway texture used as a pedestrian transfer between tracks is completely wrong. Even though the new station dates to the 1980s, the station interior is still gorgeous and worthy of treatment in the sim. You can see the passenger waiting area in this picture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Providence_station#/media/File:Providence_Station_interior_2015.jpg Just to the left of this image are the two sets of elevator/stairs that lead to tracks 1/2 and 3/4 respectively. 1/2 is used by Amtrak and MBTA while 3/4 is exclusively used by MBTA as overflow. - The ride north out of Providence feels too suburban. These are urbanized areas with legacy industrial buildings, particularly as you ride into Pawtucket. This is one place where you don't need so many trees. - As others have said, it was disappointing not to see the old Pawtucket station or the construction of the new one. South Attleboro: - This is (was) my primary commute station, and it looks fantastic - from the parking lots to the Market Basket supermarket at the north end of the station. (Maybe they'll let you use the logo for an additional dose of realism). The station looks too good, in fact. Three of the four staircases have been closed since 2007 (not a typo) for "repairs", and have rusted all the way through. (Amusingly enough, the in-game texture for the stairs is a rust color, but these were originally bare metal.) In February 2021 they shut down the entire station indefinitely because the pedestrian overpass became structurally unsound. No idea when it will reopen. - At stations that have not fully converted to high level platforms - i.e. everything except Providence, 128, Ruggles, Back Bay, and South Staton - the stopping point for the train should be where the rear door of car 1 and the front door of car 2 open onto the high level section. (The front door of car 1, right behind the engine, is not used by passengers.) During late night and certain other off-peak runs, this is the only set of doors that open on the train. The other cars are blocked off with a metal bar in the vestibule. - ASCES restricted me to 30 mph leaving South Attleboro. Not sure what that's about since all the signals were green. The trains should generally run at 80 until at least Hyde Park. (I have been testing this IRL with my speedometer app and the overall cruising speed seems to be 77-78, reducing to 30 by the time the train hits the beginning of a station). Attleboro station: - The stopping point for the northbound train is at least 100 yards too far north. We should see the ramp to the high-level area at the south end of the platform and this is where the initial set of doors should open. - The scenery is too urban here. The only buildings with more than 2-3 stories are a few luxury apartments/mixed use office buildings being constructed. Otherwise, this area is very residential. - There should be a set of stairs at the south end of the platform leading down to South Main Street and a pedestrian sidewalk in the tunnel below. (See https://goo.gl/maps/7yEDkzgvPoKPdvh38) - There should be an intermodal bus station in the western parking lot. - I won't pile on about the passenger information signs; I know these are temporary. At Attleboro these are currently side-scrolling displays in all caps. - I got another 30 mph ATC restriction leaving Attleboro, which doesn't make sense (I'm basing this review on train 814 leaving around 8:30 am). This area is 4-tracked and Amtrak uses the middle rails. Mansfield station: - The stopping point northbound is actually perfect here, except that the door adjacent to the engine should not be open. - The scenery is still too urban, but the IRL contrast is not as extreme as it is with Attleboro. The parking lot visuals are pretty accurate. Sharon station: - The stopping point northbound is about 50 yards too far. - Visually, I think this one looks great, although I haven't parked there or used the station facilities IRL. The evening express runs spend a lot of time here on disembarkation when the train is overcrowded. Canton Junction: - The Canton viaduct seems understated in-game, though I appreciate that it's difficult to get the full impact of this feature with any of the in-game camera views. - Great job with rendering a very complicated station here. Route 128 station: - Great job with the visuals on this one, especially the passenger overpass, although the bridge should continue on to connect to the station on the third level. - The signage at the station should primarily be Amtrak signage, not MBTA. There are a few MBTA route maps and signs scattered around but for the most part Amtrak takes signage priority here. - The stopping point appears to be a bit too far north. - Amtrak note: There should be no passengers embarking northbound and no passengers disembarking southbound. Only MBTA sells tickets from 128 to Boston. Ruggles station: - This one looks really good, and the city skyline is really well done. - Maybe too much of an ask, but it would have been cool to see MBTA Orange Line trains on the parallel subway tracks between Forest Hills and Back Bay. Back Bay station: - All MBTA trains should stop with the engine fully enclosed in the tunnel to the south portal, so that the exhaust can safely vent. - There appears to be a generic hallway element to transfer between tracks, this is wrong - both sets of stairs alight into a waiting area. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe....jpg/1280px-Back_Bay_Station_waiting_room.jpg It's ugly as hell IRL, but a renovation is planned to begin pretty soon. - The signs with the track numbers should be in all capital letters, similar to the station signs above the benches. - Emerging from BBY to the north, there is generic placeholder signage on the Mass Pike which runs parallel to the tracks between BBY and the South Station curve. This is completely immersion-breaking. The only sign westbound should have an Interstate 90 shield with the control city "Worcester". Eastbound view here: https://goo.gl/maps/nppMidaKx1wudVcs9 Westbound view here: https://goo.gl/maps/37DazrnRUkFN8WPF8 (Note Orange line running parallel up to a portal where it descends to Tufts Medical Center, Chinatown, and Downtown Crossing.) South Station: - The track number signs along the platforms should be in the same font as the other South Station signage (which looks great). - All MBTA trains should be parked so that the loco is fully clear of the bus terminal overhang, regardless of the distance to the station interior. My train had a correct stopping point, but the AI trains do not. - The PIS screens should be located at the entrances to each platform and are large vertical displays (replacing older monochrome displays). See https://bostonglobe-prod.cdn.arcpub...om/bostonglobe/DRWOKBS5VMO34ERA34GG72IYPI.jpg All in all, super excited about this - and well worth the wait!!