IntroductionAs many of you are familiar, Train Simulators Peninsula Corridor route is set in the current era of CalTrain and runs between San Francisco's 4th and King St. Station to San Jose Diridon and further south to Gilroy. While CalTrain runs many commute services and there's at least some variety of freight operations, truth be told the Peninsula Corridor is but a shadow of its former self. It is with this that I greatly suggest for Train Sim World's first foray into steam, The Peninsula Corridor in the 50's. The RouteThe Peninsula Corridor in the 50's route encompasses the SP main line from San Francisco's 3rd and Townsend St. Station to San Jose's Cahill Station. Along with the main line the yards and industrial trackage of San Francisco and San Jose are to be included as well. This includes, in San Francisco: King St. Yard and the interchange with the State Belt Railroad, Mission Bay and its car ferry slip, and the large Bayshore Yard and engine facility. In San Jose the route should encompass the full coach yard, around where CalTrain's CEMOF facility is located today along with Newhall Yard as it was during this time. Above: San Francisco's 3rd and Townsend St. Station. Below: San Jose Cahill Station. Below: SP's Mission Bay yard. Above: Bayshore Yard. Above: Newhall Yard in Santa Clara. Above: Track Diagram of the San Jose area. LocomotivesThe 1950's were the transition era on the SP. Steam was beginning to be replaced by diesel locomotives. However steam still made up the bulk of power on the Peninsula. The backbone of the operation were a fleet of 4-6-2 Pacific's, however it was not uncommon to also see 4-8-2 Mountain's and 4-8-4 GS class Northerns on commute services. The GS (Golden State) class 4-8-4 Northerns are one of the most recognizable steam locomotives of SP design along with the AC class Cab-Forwards. One of the most notable tasks the Northerns ever performed was the hauling of the Coast Daylight from San Francisco to Los Angeles. To work the yards, SP had an army of switcher's and on the Peninsula you could find mainly 2-8-0's and 0-6-0's handling switching tasks at the various yards and major stations along the line. Above: SP 4-6-2 Pacific. Below: SP 4-8-2 Mountain. Above: SP GS-4 4-8-4 Northern in Daylight paint scheme. Below: GS-4 in Warbaby. Above: An SP 2-8-0 Consolidation. Below: An SP 0-6-0. For Train Sim World primary power for commute and long distance passenger trains should consist of the 4-6-2 Pacific and GS-4 Northern in black "Warbaby" and Daylight liveries. Power for freight services should include the 4-8-2 Mountain and 2-8-0 Consolidation for local services and 0-6-0 for switching. Passenger StockDuring this era the bread and butter of the Peninsula Commute was a fleet of 1911 Pullman built Harriman style coaches. The coaches measured 60' in length and had arched roofs, reverse swing-over seats, and sat up to 68 passengers. The Peninsula Corridor also played host to several long distance trains, most notable of which include the Lark and the Coast Daylight. The Lark was an overnight train that ran the same route as the Daylight, between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and operated with mail service. The Daylight operated with a stunning consist of red, orange, and black painted cars and locomotives, some cars of which were articulated and semi-permanently coupled together. http://spdaylight.net/Consist.html Above: SP Harriman commuter coaches. Below: The full consist of the Coast Daylight. The observation car of the Lark. Passenger stock for Train Sim World should include the Harriman coaches as well as the full consist for the Lark and Coast Daylight as well as Baggage and RPO cars for mail trains. Freight StockTo properly get a feel for the era freight stock for the Peninsula Corridor in the 50;s route should include: an SP 40ft Boxcar, PFE Reefer, Tank Car, Flat Car with variable loads, Gondola, early TOFC flatcar, Stock Car, and C-30-1 caboose. ConclusionI feel this route would be a great addition to Train Sim World as it would be a great first foray into steam locomotives. Also I feel representing an already existing route in an earlier era gives a great sense of history and adds a new perspective to the Train Sim experience. The Peninsula Corridor during this time period is host to a myriad of operating potential from commuter services to fast long distance passenger trains to through and local freights and switching activities. In all, to put it bluntly, this will be a fantastic route.