ROUTE DESIGNER - JOHN KEENAN
The first time I saw Matt Snell’s “Big Blue Machine” model railroad in the 2006 issue of Model Railroader’s “Great Model Railroads” I knew I had to reproduce it in Trainz. To me, this model railroad has the perfect balance of track, scenery, passenger action, and freight trains!
Matt’s choice of the industrial areas of Northern New Jersey, along with the New Jersey Transit’s areas of operation in that area is a perfect combination for those who like heavy railroad action.
There is even a portion of the Northeast Corridor represented on the layout and on the TPR project. This project can be operated in many and varied methods to keep interest high.
From busy oil refineries, to intermodal, to a large coal-fired power plant, the action will keep you busy for countless hours of fun operation, there are many other active industries on the project. If you get tired of hauling freight, hop aboard an NJT passenger train for a run From Amboy, New Jersey to Cranford, some of the run down the Northeast Corridor!
Matt Snell provided support, encouragement, and many photos of his layout to assist us in bringing this project to completion and we at TPR thank him for his assistance. Matt plans to include the Meadowlands Maintenance Center at a later date on his layout, but it is included in our rendition.
We have taken some “modeler’s license” and added a couple of industries to add interest and have increased the runs a bit to allow longer train lengths. Oak Island Yard on Matt’s layout is a stub yard, we have made it double-ended for easier train movements at the yard location. We will be producing sessions to increase your enjoyment of the project. We have skinned some NJT equipment with permissions of the original creators and these will be made available with the project. These items can be downloaded through this web page.
We hope you enjoy the Conrail_NJT project!
Short YouTube Video
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For those that have already downloaded the session zip, this is the session that was missing from that.