Dec 18, 2014

Out Now: VNHRR Springfield Line 2.0

The second version of the VNHRR Springfield Line has just been released! The route is available exclusively at the Trains & Drivers online store.

Customers who already bought version 1.0 will be sent an email with a coupon for a discount on version 2.0

Dec 16, 2014

Dec 15, 2014

Random Beta Testing Screenshots

As the 2.0 release of the VNHRR Springfield Line draws closer, here are some random screenshots from beta testing.

Dec 8, 2014

South of Hartford

While Hartford, CT, marks the southern end of the developed trackage on the Springfield Line 2.0, a few miles south of downtown are going to be included in this version too. To the southwest, scenery extends along the Park River for a little bit, that's where version 3 will later continue in direction of New Haven. Southwards along the Connecticut River, a few miles of the Valley div. have been included too, all the way to the Colt Firearms factory and the large CP&L power station, which should provide an interesting background for freight/switching scenarios.

At the Park River in Hartford. The large building to the left is the Aetna Insurance headquarters, looking along the river you can see the Armory just in front of the downtown skyline.

CP&L power station just south of Hartford.

Dec 5, 2014

Bloomfield Branch

Leading into the hills and forests northwest of Hartford is the Bloomfield Branchline. It runs from Hartford Union Station to the small town of Bloomfield and onwards to its terminus at Griffins, a small settlement. In northeast Hartford there are a dozen or so industries that generate some traffic for the NH, but outside of Hartford it gets rather quiet very quickly. Bloomfield has a freight house and a siding that the few local industries can use as a team track, halfways along on the way to Griffins is another fairly large industry. Griffins itself generates no regular freight traffic, just the occasional car for local enterprises or seasonal agricultural traffic (tobacco!).

Leaving Hartford on the Bloomfield Branch

Bloomfield and the old passenger station.

Griffins, the terminus of the line. Just a single siding next to a small settlement.

Dec 2, 2014

Starry Starry Night...

The Bond and Hilton as seen from the Capitol...

Hartford seen from across the Connecticut River
Historic Windsor Station
Let's all go to the Lobby, let's all go to the lobby...

Dec 1, 2014

Bushnell Park

Almost the last piece in the puzzle for Hartford: Bushnell Park, right next to Union Station.