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G-Trax GN Cascadian Route

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The Cascadian Route


The Great Northern Railway completed its link to the Puget Sound port of Seattle in 1893. Originally, the track alignment required trains to negotiate a treacherous series of switchbacks to make the crossing over Washington's Cascade Mountains. A few years later, in 1900, the first Cascade Tunnel opened and the switchbacks were eliminated. The tunnel, at 2.6 miles (4.2 km) in length, made the journey less subject to severe winter weather. Due to fume problems from the coal-burning steam locomotives used in those days, the railroad decided to electrify the tracks extending from both ends of the tunnel. Box-cab electrics were used to haul trains through the tunnel itself.


Unfortunately, the tunnel area continued to be plagued by snow slides. A new, longer tunnel--today's Cascade Tunnel--was built at a lower elevation and completed in 1929. At the same time, portions of the railroad between Leavenworth and Scenic were also realigned to the present-day right-of-way, and electrification was extended to Skykomish on the west slope and Wenatchee on the east.


A mechanical ventilation system was installed at the east end of Cascade Tunnel in 1956, thereby allowing the tunnel to be used by diesel locomotives. This eliminated the need for the electric helper locomotives, and electrification was removed that same year. 


In 1970 the Great Northern Railway became part of what today is the BNSF Railway. 


The Cascadian route for Train Simulator is a backdated version of the popular Stevens Pass route, which was originally released in 2013. Both the Cascadian and Stevens Pass were developed by the same team of railroad simulation enthusiasts. While the Stevens Pass route depicts present-day operations on BNSF’s Scenic Subdivision, the target era of the Cascadian route ranges from 1928 to 1956. That gives you a lot more operational flexibility since you can operate steam, electric or diesel locomotives. There are also plenty of opportunities to operate "short line" scenarios, running smaller freight and passenger trains between the numerous local industries and flag stops. 


For best results, the following two DLC packages, available on Steam, should be installed on your system: European Loco & Asset Pack and US Loco & Asset Pack. If you purchased RailWorks DLC for TS2012 or earlier, chances are you already own these packs. To make sure, look in your RailWorks folder under subfolders Assets\Kuju. If a folder named RailSimulator is present you have the European pack, and if a folder named RailsimulatorUS is present you have the US pack. 


Some scenarios included in the Cascadian pack require the GN 4-8-4 Northern steam locomotive to be installed on your system. The locomotive is available as a free download from the File Library here at Railworks America.



Purchase the Cascadian Route - Price $30.00 US



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