Written by: Gary Dolzall
Challenging commuter railroading – 100+ miles of it – is yours with the expanded North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Route
Now available, the Train Simulator North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines route brings you more than 100 multi-track route miles of challenging and diverse NJ Transit railroading — and the hands-on experiences of one of North America’s busiest contemporary commuter railroads!
The newly released North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines route is an expansion of the popular and acclaimed Train Simulator North Jersey Coast Line which now also includes NJ Transit’s iconic Morristown Line extending to Dover, New Jersey.
For a history of the NJ Transit Morristown Line and its diverse operations, check out the recent Train-Simulator.com articles “Hill Country Commuter” available here and “Action Aplenty” available here, but today let’s take a look at all the commuter railroading action that awaits you on the expanded North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines!
NJ Transit’s Morristown Line
This famous commuter route serves New York Penn Station (reached via Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and the Hudson River tubes), as well as historic Hoboken Terminal (via NJT’s route between Hoboken and Kearny, New Jersey). The NJT Morristown route splits from the Amtrak Northeast Corridor at Swift Interlocking (also known as Kearny Connection) and via its Passaic River swing bridge calls at classic Newark Broad Street station. From Newark, the Morristown Line begins its journey across often-rugged northeastern New Jersey. The route extends under electric catenary west through “the Oranges” (East Orange, Orange, and South Orange), through Summit and to its namesake town of Morristown, then to Dover, New Jersey. The Morristown Line typically hosts more than 100 NJ Transit trains each weekday, and the route-mile distance from Hoboken Terminal to Dover is approximately 37 miles.
NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line
Also serving New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal, NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line extends 67 miles from New York Penn to Bay Head, New Jersey, operating via Amtrak’s bustling Northeast Corridor through Newark Penn Station and as far south as Rahway, then via the historic “New York & Long Branch” to the captivating seaside village of the Jersey Shore. Hosting the trains of NJ Transit and Amtrak, the Northeast Corridor section of the route is one of the busiest rail lines in North America, and the route is electrified as far as Long Branch, with the remaining 15 miles to Bay Head, New Jersey requiring dual-power or diesel locomotives.
Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Stations Galore
NJ Transit’s Morristown and NJCL routes are host to a variety of modern motive power and commuter equipment, and the Train Simulator North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines route includes an authentic collection of NJT locomotives and commuter rolling stock including:
- NJ Transit Bombardier/Adtranz ALP-46 electric locomotive
- NJ Transit Bombardier ALP-45DP dual-power (diesel/electric) locomotive
- NJ Transit Bombardier MultiLevel cab car and coaches
- NJ Transit single-level Comet IV cab car and coaches
- NJ Transit single-level Comet V cab car
In addition to the equipment included with the expanded route, NJ Transit’s venerable Arrow III electric-multiple-unit railcars will be ready for service on the route and available as a Twin Pack, and NJT diesels, including the distinctive Electro-Motive GP40PH-2B and veteran EMD F40PH-2CAT, are also available separately as DLC.
Train Simulator’s North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines route serves more than 30 stations, ranging from urban New York Penn, Hoboken Terminal, and Newark’s Penn and Broad Street stations to a variety of rustic small-town and seaside depots. And the route also includes a detailed re-creation of NJ Transit’s sprawling Meadows (New Jersey) Maintenance Complex.
Prior owners of the NJCL route will be able to purchase the new and expanded route at a 40 percent discount until the end of April 26th. Ready for a real “commuter rush?” The North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines route is available now at the Steam Store! – Gary Dolzall ■