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Kansas City Southern's Vicksburg Or Shreveport Subdivisions

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by treid09, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. treid09

    treid09 Active Member

    Jul 27, 2019
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    Dovetail has done a fantastic job representing American railroads in both TSW and TS. However, there has been no Kansas City Southern (KCS) content created at all. I propose for Train Simulator a KCS route, either their Vicksburg or Shreveport Subdivisions.The Shreveport Subdivision runs from the sprawling main terminal in Shreveport, Louisiana to Heavener, Oklahoma. This line features steep grades, rugged and remote terrain, and busy yards and junctions. There are many interesting trains that run on this line, from long grain and coal trains, to intermodals , to export oil trains bound for Mexico. It's hard to find a more defining route for KCS. The Vicksburg Subdivision runs from the same terminal in Shreveport to Meridian, Mississippi. This line doesn't feature the grades of the Shreveport Sub, but has hilly terrain, fast speeds, and runs through some very unique scenery. There are many scenes where the snappy "Southern Belle" clad locomotives are seen running through swamps, across bayous, and past cypress trees. Wooden trestles are also a common sight. This line is also a critical link in the US rail network, as it is the shortest route between the Southwest and Southeast. As such, this line sees high-priority intermodal trains that travel cross-country from ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California to Atlanta, Georgia and beyond. Despite the fast intermodals, the line also sees a plethora of local freights that serve the many businesses and small towns along the route. What makes both of these routes unique are the scenery and the states they run through, such as Louisiana. This would make either route a standout in Dovetail's collection. Another reason for its creation is that Dovetail already has the necessary locomotives and freight cars such as the EMD SD70ACe and SD70MAC, EMD GP38-2 and GP40-2 , and GE ES44AC. These locomotives could feature two paint schemes: KCS's gray and "Southern Belle" schemes. If any of the developers read this route suggestion, I railfan the KCS frequently and can provide photos, video, sound recordings (for new horns), track charts, and most of the necessary information to accurately replicate this route. Thank you very much and God Bless.
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