> Isn't this branch now a short line spun off from the UP?
Correct you are.
> I can't remember...but it seems like it was part of the Arkansas Midland
Now this is the weird part: The reporting marks that were seen today was AKMD. AK? Alaska??
> Looking at those grades I started to have flashbacks... ....Seligman Hill.
LOL! Though the gradients may be close... the roller coaster profile of the RI Hot Springs Branch is beyond definition. I will do my best to simulate the undulations, steep ascents, etc. Boy, the A&O and this route will be two totally different examples of shortline railroading.
> Oh boy, sure hope those RS3 pull just as well as their C420 cousins on the A&O.
Hate to disappoint you BUT... won't pull like a C420. My understanding is that the RS3 models were good pullers for 1600 HP units (in comparison to their contemporaries), but of course, would not be eqauls to the C420's.
I still think operating on this thing in MSTS will be an absolute hoot.