From: astride Mason and Dixon's Line
I like train simulators because the things they have done with the graphics in the past few years is astounding..There are sites where you can download(free) additional engines,routes,scenery,etc,so it's common for a fella to have a hundred engines in his collection.I have a lot of steam and early diesel as I "model" the late 40's,early 50's and have equipment from companies that went out of business years ago,like the Pennsylvania RR,B&O,Monon,Wabash,C&O,Milwaukee Road,New York Central,etc..
I also have routes and equipment from trains I rode while stationed in Europe..
I prefer the Microsoft Train Simulator,(which can still be had in places for about $14,you just have to look..
I can ride in the tail end passenger car of the "City of New Orleans,watch scenery go by(accurate),turn my head and see the bartender shmoosing other passengers over drinks,and hear Arlo Guthrie singing "The City of New Orleans",(which is the soundtrack which came with the FREE trainset!!!!)..
I probably have 15 routes,most were free.....
That sounds great! I had no idea such software existed....
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