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Train Simulator 2020: Central Coast And Newcastle Line

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  1. Sharpey

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    Route Description:
    The Central Coast & Newcastle Line is a NSW TrainLink passenger train service that runs along the Main North railway line in New South Wales Australia, connecting the state's two largest cities, Sydney and Newcastle.
    The service runs from Central through to Broadmeadow on the Main North railway line to Newcastle Interchange on the Newcastle railway line, and services the Hawkesbury River region, the Central Coast and the city of Newcastle.

    Wiki page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Coast_%26_Newcastle_Line

    Project Background:
    I started my solo project in 2017 because there was no Australian content for TS, and concluded there most likely never will be. The main goal of my project is to create the most accurate route possible and to simulate a real drivers experience on the route.
    I chose this route to replicate as I'm very familiar with the route and it's geography but also because of the beautiful scenic views along the route. The route also allows a large option of services to operate such as local, express, freight, regional, and empty stock/yard movements.
    One of the main obstacles in creating my route is the lack of Australian assets so I'll be using the assets that are already available within TS while still keeping the route as accurate as possible.

    Route Tools:
    Google track overlay, official track diagrams for signal, speed and gradient locations, you-tube cab videos, my own photos and videos, and my own rail experience.

    The route will be released in stages, with Stage 1 covering the 47km's/29 miles from Hornsby to Gosford.
    Gosford Yard and Hornsby Maintenance Center will also be featured giving players more options to select from a range of stabling/preparing/empty stock moves/washing and general yard procedures.
    Portals are being constructed along the majority of the route to allow for various AI services to operate.
    All screenshots are a work in progress.

    Rolling Stock/Assets:
    One of the main obstacles in creating my route is the lack of Australian assets so I'll be using the assets that are already available within TS while still keeping the route as accurate as possible. Rolling stock will be decided at a later date.

    Real Cab Video:
    Real life footage of the route can be found here. V1 of my route is covered from 35:21 mins / ending at 1h:18 mins.


    Updates:
    Aug 2020 - Added work in progress screenshots
    Feb 2021 - Added captions for screenshots, mb
     
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  2. Sharpey

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    Route Map:[​IMG]
    Hornsby Station Platform 2 looking North[​IMG]
    Asquith Station looking south towards Hornsby[​IMG]
    Hornsby Yard looking south towards Hornsby[​IMG]
    Hornsby maintenance center[​IMG]
    Hornsby Platform 1[​IMG]
    Rail corridor looking North between Asquith and Mt Colah[​IMG]
    Mount Kuring-Gai Station[​IMG]
    Looking North over Hornsby Platform 5[​IMG]
    Rail corridor between Mt Kuring-Gai and Mt Colah[​IMG]
    Rail corridor between Mt Kuring-Gai and Berowra[​IMG]
    Local shops at Hawkesbury River[​IMG]
    Looking South towards Hawkesbury River station[​IMG]
    Looking North towards Long Island Tunnel[​IMG]
    Berowra Platform 2 looking South[​IMG]
    Looking North towards Cowan station[​IMG]
    Looking North over Mt Colah station[​IMG]
    Rail corridor between Cowan and Hawkesbury River[​IMG]
    Mullet Creek [​IMG]
    Looking North towards Berowra.[​IMG]
     
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    Rail corridor looking South towards Mt Kuring-Gai[​IMG]
    Looking South towards Hawkesbury River station[​IMG]
    Rail corridor looking North towards Berowra[​IMG]
    Hawkesbury River Bridge with the old bridge pylons seen to the right of shot[​IMG]
    One of the tunnels found along the route[​IMG]
    Rail corridor looking North towards Berowra[​IMG]
    Looking North towards Hawkesbury River station[​IMG]
    Looking South over Wondabyne station[​IMG]
    One of the many tidal pools found along the route[​IMG]
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    Hawkesbury River station[​IMG]
    Hawkesbury River bridge[​IMG]
    Wondabyne[​IMG]
     
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  8. paul.pavlinovich

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    Looks great
     
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    Thanks Paul - much appreciated. The route is progressing along nicely and I hope to share some more screenshots soon.
     
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    I wish I had the talent to help.
     
  11. Sharpey

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    Are you familiar with the line in real life?
     
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    I'm roughly 1000 k south of there so no :).
     
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  13. PhÜnKî_Rø0sTā

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    Great work, awesome to see an Australian route in the works.

    Tip: If you have access to the Woodhead route, the gantries for the overhead from that route would look the closest to NSW ones.
     
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    Wow that looks good.
    I don't have a clue about the line as I'm stuck in the land of mountains, independence battles and rain but that looks good indeed.
     
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  15. Sharpey

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    Thanks, Oh nice - I'll take a look at the Woodhead gantries, cheers.
     
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    Haha, thanks!
     
  17. PhÜnKî_Rø0sTā

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    The Woodhead line in real life was electrified at 1500V DC, same as NSW, so would probably be more prototypical in a way.
     
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    Here's a video of it. Not sure which version of the woodhead line would have the correct gantries but either one should do. (Original or BR blue version).

     
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    Any more news on this route?
     
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    It's a solo project and I haven't really had any spare time to work on it.
    I hope to get back into it soon and release some more progress shots.
     

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