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Nec North: Boston - Providence And Then Some

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by thearkerportian, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. thearkerportian

    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    Moin,

    anyone else thinking some piece of NEC that's actually useful would be nice to have?

    General

    Location: Massachusetts/Rhode Island, USA
    Era: Modern-ish
    Length: 96 kilometers/60 miles (Oak Grove - TF Green)
    max speed: 241 km/h/150 mph
    # of passenger stations: 32 (incl. subway)
    Service types: Subway, Commuter, Regional, InterCity, HighSpeed, Cargo
    # of tracks: 1-4
    Electrified: Boston-Providence

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    Lines included at least partially:

    MBCR (Boston South - TF Green Airport, Boston South - Stoughton)
    Acela Regional, Acela Express (Boston South - Providence)
    MBTA Orange Line (Oak Grove - Forest Hills)

    Suitable vehicles (among others):
    MBTA F40, GP40, MP36, HSP46
    MBTA B/CTC3, B/CTC4
    MBTA 01200 series
    Amtrak Acela Express
    Amtrak ACS-64, HHP-8
    Amfleet
    any cargo engine

    Key Stations

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    Boston South Station

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    Route 128

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    Providence

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    Stoughton

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  2. Thelonius16

    Thelonius16 Active Member

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    Great proposal.

    I'm really in favor of adding complementary components like the Orange Line that aren't exactly part of the main focus of the route. That adds considerably to the immersion.
     
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  3. thearkerportian

    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    Same here very much! Like adding the PATH to NECNY, or even more gimmicky, the JFK Airport Train to the LIRR. Driverless. You could only ride it as a passenger, apart from some shunting in the depot perhaps.
     
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  4. raildan

    raildan Well-Known Member

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    Really good idea. There's just so many possibilities on this one.

    DTG mentioned not only this route, but THE WHOLE LINE from Boston to New Haven in the November survey (see thread here: https://forums.dovetailgames.com/th...the-november-survey-discussion-i-guess.15376/), but I don't know if DTG would ever actually make such a long route. This is a much better option, and I really like all the small fright branches as well.

    The subway is also a nice touch, very different driving experience than other routes. And all of this on just one route!

    (And nice Google Earth tracing... I end up getting carried away with those and making graphics out of them, never actually getting around to writing actual route proposals. Believe me, I have a few ideas here... too many actually, lol)
     
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  5. thearkerportian

    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Well if they're making the route longer than my idea was, why would I stop them! But honestly, if I had to pick between New Haven and the Orange Line, I'd be with the T. They can still expand to New Haven by extension for the DLC later on. :)
     
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  6. mrchuck

    mrchuck Well-Known Member

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    Mbta would be awesome to drive on train sim world someday in the future.
     
  7. potatopenguin

    potatopenguin New Member

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    There's also something in it for DTG because the drive-able Orange Line/North Station commuter rail, MBTA commuter rail stock, and Acela are 3 opportunities for DLC that would require minimal additional effort and would be well worth it for me.
     
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  8. thearkerportian

    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    Yep! I could totally see the route coming out with only the ACS-64/Amfleet and CSX freighter we know already, one MBCR train and an Orange Line train. Later DLC could be an HHP-8, the Acela Express, the new orange line train they're currently rolling out, another loco for the commuter rail, the bi-level or single-level coaches (depending on what the route comes out with in the first place) and so on and so on.
     
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  9. mrchuck

    mrchuck Well-Known Member

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    If they do Boston they’ve got to include the Haverhill line.
     

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