The Clinchfield Railroad traverses some of the most beautiful country in the world. It is an engineering marvel and it is (or was) both a coal-hauler and a bridge route which makes for a variety of interesting operations. The current CSX Railroad swallowed up the Clinchfield Railroad and still uses the old route in it's daily operations.
The Clinchfield Project is a semi-prototypical depiction of the Clinchfield Railroad as it was in the late 60's or early 70's. We have used actual route maps in an attempt to capture the actual locations in reference to each other. However, at the time that the original Clinchfield route was started, actual track diagrams of the various yards and coal tipples along the route were not available. So a large degree of modelers licens was used to depict these areas.
This simulation is for those who want to haul coal ! There are very few other industries on-line. The reason is fairly simple, there is so much coal-oriented industry in the simulation that you will have a neverending variety of operations just getting hundreds of coal hoppers to and from the tipples, to the lower plants and to the yards and interchanges.
HOWEVER, the Clinchfield was also a bridge route. When you desire a more relaxed operating session, simply run a perishable goods train or a mixed freight from Elkhorn City to Dante or on to Miller Yard. Due to the size of the route, even simple operations could take 25 to 30 minutes to accomplish !
Route Designer - John Keenan
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