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The Indiana & Ohio Railway

The Indiana & Ohio Railway started as a one-locomotive short line back in the early eighties.  OK, it had two locos - both switchers, a Baldwin and a Lima-Hamilton - but only one of them worked!  It had just under thirty miles of pretty much worn-out track between Valley Junction Ohio and Brooksville Indiana which had been sold off by Conrail as that new company struggled to make sense of the mess it inherited from Penn Central.  The original short-line has grown - and prospered - in its twenty-five years and is now a major regional carrier with an eclectic mix of (mostly) second hand locos.

My Trainz route is a DEM/HOG based representation of the original short line part of the route, thirty miles of (almost) flat railroad running through the valley of the Whitewater River.  As is my usual sim philosophy the track work will replicate the original as closely as possible, but the 'other side of the fence' will be essentially freelance, although I do have a few 'landmark' buildings slated for more-or-less accurate recreation.  Local industries have the right name, but beyond that any similarity to the prototype structures is pure co-incidence!

Trains will mostly be from the later period, but Conrail and even Penn Central stuff will appear. The odd New York Central train might get a run, but mostly this will be a 'modern' route.

UPDATE- October 2007

This project is on hold.  About half the route is 'done', but I plan to completely re-texture the route and add a fair bit of 'grass' etc trackside.  The route is pretty simple and most reasonable computers should cope with the extra processing load.  Stay tuned :)

Another Update - 05 December 2007

It's been a while, but I have been playing around with old unfinished routes while Clovis Sub is in beta.  George Fisher released a beautiful US style wood-sleeper track today.  It is fairly high poly, but on this route I think I can get away with it.  I have also been playing around with grass splines so the I&O is no longer a lo-poly route, but it should still stutter along on most computers....

Yet another update, much later....

Sadly the I&O route is not going to happen.  I have always seen the route as the 'ideal' model railway, it is small and simple enough to compress the main line into a moderately sized room/shed/garage/whatever but still model the stations pretty much 1:1, if not in length then definitely in complexity.  It is this very simplicity though that mitigates against the route in Trainz.  An easy-to-drive flatland route with a half dozen cars switching three or four industries just isn't reward enough for the effort required to build the route.  If you disagree, the blank DEM for the route is here!


The first few were set-ups to shoot George's new track....

                        

 

Golly but that track is good :)

                   

 

Back to shots of the line

  An Eastbound leaves Brookville headed for valley Junction.

 

Three from just east of Brookville featuring a reskinned Ex-UP IORY Gp40 and lots of undergrowth and grass.  I am amazed how well the route runs with all this clutter...

                       

 

 

And another three more from a bit farther along the line...

                      

 

Are these getting repetitive?

          

 

Getting the low-down at a grade crossing...

                   

 

Greenery encroaching on the right-of-way near Cedar Grove...

                   

 

On the western outskirts of Cedar Grove...

         

 

At Cedar Grove a long kick-back siding trails off the loop to serve Brown Brothers Lumber and a local sand pit.  I caught a CR Gp40-2 passing through the lumber company to spot cars at the sand pit loader....

                   

 

More switching at Cedar Grove,,,

                   

 

Back on the main line...

                   

 

Canadian National is somewhat out of place, but it was a great spot to stage some new content!

 

Penn Central days...


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Andrew Turnbull 2007