Hello all, as Train Sim World routes are now getting significantly longer I figured it was time to put up my suggestion for what I think would make a great American freight route. The Norfolk Southern Harrisburg Line from Reading PA to Harrisburg PA. The full route is 112 miles from Norristown to Harrisburg (a little too long for TSW at the present moment) but representing the 54 mile section of the line from Reading to Harrisburg would make for a very interesting route with a little bit of everything for freight lovers, including yard switching/shunting, mainline running in open countryside at speeds of up to 50 mph, and local mainline freights serving several large industries along the way. The journey would begin in Reading yard, a small classification yard and starting point for many locals on the line. Heading west, trains negotiate Wyomissing Junction, one of several complex junctions on the line where lines branch off in several different directions. From Wyomissing trains run through the suburban towns of Sinking Spring and Wernersville. In Sinking Spring is the interchange with the East Penn Railroad, as well as a small rail served feed company. In Wernersville exists one of several no longer used railroad stations along the line serving as popular railfanning locations. After Wernersville things change to very rural farmland. One can relax and take in the sights as trains cruise past the fields and even a few Amish farms at a fast pace of 50 mph (fast for a freight train anyways). Those looking for some challenge will not be disappointed as low priority local freight trains must sneak out onto the mainline at quieter times of the day to serve both a roofing manufacturer and a chemical company just outside of Myerstown. These locals must dodge high priority intermodal and manifest trains by switching from mainline to mainline. To save time and avoid run around tracks, these locals will often run with a locomotive on each end (common practice for local freights in the Northeast US but not something seen yet in TSW) From Lebanon to Annville, things start to change back to suburbia. Annville is another common railfanning town with an old station sitting along the mainline. Annville is also the location of a huge rail served quarry with it's own dedicated switcher, and can produce several loaded stone trains a day. One of the most unique towns along the line of course is Hershey PA. Home to the chocolate factory of a candy company that I'll let you guess the name of. The chocolate factory is busy enough to have it's own dedicated switcher as well, spending all it's time bringing carloads from the small yard in Hershey to the many candy factory complexes. Hershey is not just known for it's huge chocolate factory, but also it's amusement park just across the tracks. Trains pass by the roller coasters and rides, and even pass under a monorail that runs between the factory and the park. Just before we finish our journey, we pass by Rutherford yard, one of two intermodal yards in the Harrisburg area. West of Rutherford we enter Harrisburg where several more lines meet at one location. Trains first pass the junction with the Lurgan Branch and then meet up with up Amtrak's Keystone Corridor right at Harrisburg Amtrak Station. Freights pass the station on freight only tracks and Amtrak trains can enter Norfolk Southern tracks just north of the station. While the Amtrak station is still electrified, the freight only bypass used to be but is no longer electrified, however the catenary poles are still standing providing a unique sight of double stack container trains under the former catenary. Harrisburg Intermodal yard is the larger of the two intermodal yards in the area, featuring a large refueling complex, with a fuel rack on the mainline so trains don't have to enter the yard if they need to refuel. Harrisburg intermodal is the official end of the Harrisburg line but if all of this isn't enough operation for you, maybe consider extending the route just a few more miles to include the famous Rockville Bridge and Enola yard, the main classification yard for the Harrisburg area. Motive Power: Modern mainline trains are often powered by large GE locomotives. Good candidates for a starter locomotive would either be the brand new ET44AH, or the older C44-9W. Providing local power would be either the GP38-2 (either low hood or high hood) or the SD40-2 (either low hood or high hood) Rolling Stock: Intermodals are a very common sight along the line, and with two intermodal yards including them is a must. For rolling stock a well car and a spine car would be perfect to carry the many containers and trailers. For other rolling stock, just about anything can show up, but most common and used by industries on the line would be: boxcars, tank cars, covered hoppers, and stone hoppers. Potential DLC: Being a busy east/west line, just about anything on the Norfolk Southern roster can show up on this line, but some great choices for future content would be the standard cab SD70, a good power choice for representing older intermodal trains, and also good power for stone trains. The SD60E is another great choice. This locomotive is unique to NS, and is a common sight on all mainline trains that run on this line. Plus the SD60E gives the added potential of trainspotting with both the Honoring First Responders, and Honoring Veterans liveries. Here are some additional videos show casing both the line and local switch operations for those interested: Thank you all for stopping by and considering this great route!