American branch lines and short lines, especially those in the Southeast, have long been revered for their unique and captivating style of railroading – and now that extraordinary experience comes to Train Simulator with the Norfolk Southern N-Line route!
Built in 1891 as the Yadkin Railroad and a long-time property of the Southern Railway, today’s Norfolk Southern N-Line extends from Salisbury to Halls Ferry, North Carolina (29 miles). The NS N-Line is noted and cherished by rail enthusiasts for its challenging “saw tooth” profile, sharp curves, and journey through Carolina forest country. And while the N-Line has all the appeal of a traditional southern short line, it is also vital and alive with tonnage traffic. The NS N-Line serves more than a dozen diverse lineside industries and customers, including a massive aggregates quarry and a variety of forest products and agricultural customers.
The Train Simulator Norfolk Southern N-Line route puts you in the engineer’s seat for operations over a curvy and roller-coaster branch line which will require you to keep a close hand on both throttle and brakes as you make your way along the “up one hill, then down the other” route over sometimes uncertain trackage. And you’ll enjoy the depth of lineside switching and local duties as you serve the N-Line’s variety of customers. In addition to the N-Line itself, this Train Simulator route also includes the Salisbury “Old Spencer” Yard along the NS main line from which N-Line operations are based.
Accompanying the Norfolk Southern N-Line route are three locomotives ideal and authentic for use on the route: NS EMD “hi-nose” and “low-nose” EMD GP38-2s and an NS EMD GP40-2. And the route also provides a variety of contemporary freight rolling stock including a three-bay covered hopper, aggregates hopper, center-beam flat, boxcar, and other modern equipment.
The Norfolk Southern N-Line route brings to Train Simulator a distinctive railroading experience mixing both the classic charms of American branch line and short line railroading with the challenges and bustle of serving a wide range of lineside industries!
The Norfolk Southern N-Line route features seven challenging career scenarios that highlight operations over the full length of the line, local operations, and yard and lineside switching duties. Two railfan scenarios are also included.
- [GP38-2] 1. The Whole Line
- [GP40-2] 2. All of the Wagons!
- [GP38-2] 3. Out of the Yard
- [GP38-2HN] 4. A tough Day
- [GP40-2] 5. Hopper Retrieval
- [GP40-2] 6. Delivery in the Drizzle
- [GP38-2] 7. Tricky Transit
- [Railfan] Gold Hill
- [Railfan] Salisbury Station
- Norfolk Southern’s classic N-Line branch line between Salisbury and Halls Ferry, NC.
- Challenging operations on a “saw tooth” profile and curvy branch line
- A dozen lineside industries to serve
- Old Spencer Yard at Salisbury
- Norfolk Southern EMD “hi-nose” and “low-nose” GP38-2s
- Norfolk Southern EMD GP40-2
- Authentic selection of freight equipment
- Seven career scenarios
- Quick Drive compatible
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