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Gradient profiles and signalling layout for the Rochelle area...

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Gradient profiles and signalling layout for the Rochelle area...
Posted by Bob Tarling on Friday, October 31, 2014 3:39 AM

Good morning everyone,

This is my first post :). I'm from England, and have become somewhat addicted to the Rochelle webcam (along with some others from the US).

 

As a result of watching the Rochelle webcam too much (!), I have decided to try and recreate the railways in the Rochelle area in Train Simulator 2014. Here in the UK, it is quite easy to get detailed Gradient Profiles and signalling information for most sections of line, however I am not having much luck at all with getting the same details for Rochelle.

 

Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where I can find this information, please?.

 

Many thanks, in advance.

 

Very Best Wishes,

Bob.

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Posted by Dakguy201 on Friday, October 31, 2014 6:13 AM

In general, that portion of Illinois is close to pancake flat.  There is a slight climbing trend as you go northwest on the BNSF, but it is minor.  Gradient profiles can be found in employee time tables for that division of the railroad, which can sometimes be located with online searches.  To get the elevation of a point on the railroad, I'd suggest using Google Earth for that location -- or several locations along the line.  From memory, the crossing is 790 feet.

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Posted by Gramp on Friday, October 31, 2014 11:39 PM

Bob,

Here is a link to track charts for C&NW (now UP).

http://multimodalways.org/docs/railroads/companies/C&NW/C&NW%20Track%20Charts/

On page 290 of the download, you'll find the March 1, 1959 chart for Rochelle.

And here's the link for the CB&Q (now BNSF).

http://www.multimodalways.org/archives/rrs/CB&Q/CB&C.html

The Rochelle chart (1954) is on page 98 of the download.

(These downloads are pretty large).

Hope these are of help.

Tom 

 

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Posted by Bob Tarling on Saturday, November 1, 2014 3:07 AM

Good morning,

 

Thank you for those links - very helpful indeed :).

 

Very Best Wishes,

Bob.

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Posted by Bob Tarling on Saturday, November 1, 2014 3:08 AM

Thank you for that Dakguy201 :).

 

Very Best Wishes,

Bob.

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Posted by jeffhergert on Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:25 PM

Here's a more recent chart for the UP.

http://www.fogchart.com/Down/Beta/GENEVA.pdf

Jeff

 

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Posted by MP173 on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2:33 PM

Jeff:

Those fogcharts are quite detailed.  Thanks for the link.

 

Ed

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