Steve Dunham’s Trains of Thought

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Pictures of Steve Dunham’s RF&P Microsoft Train Simulator route

First track laid May 2002.

Golden spike driven April 17, 2004.

The route comprises 54 miles of mainline from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Union Station in Washington, D.C., plus 12 miles of parallel Metro trackage. It is a free download from the file library (access requires free registration). The route is an add-on to Microsoft Train Simulator. It also requires X-tracks and the RFP2 fix file, both free downloads on

Leaving Fredericksburg. Bruce Bridges’ Sidney viaduct fortunately is a ringer for the Rappahannock River Bridge. Even if I overcame my hopelessness with Gmax, I never could have created anything like this arch bridge.

Crossing Potomac Creek, a spot visited by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. I didn’t build this bridge either. I didn’t create any of the structures. I looked through all the files and tried to make sure everybody got credit. I should have noted each item as I added it, but when I started out I didn’t know what I was doing.

The airbase at the Quantico Marine Corps base. Usually in real life a few helicopters are lined up there, though sometimes the airfield is empty, as in this view.

The Virginia Power plant at Possum Point. Since I created this scene, the plant has stopped burning coal and switched entirely to oil.

Crossing the Occoquan River just north of Woodbridge. That’s U.S. 1 on the bridge just upstream from the railroad and I-95 in the distance.

Franconia-Springfield. That’s supposed to be the Metro-VRE-Amtrak station and garage in the background.

A freight passing under the Metro flyover east of Van Dorn Street in Alexandria. I put in about 10 miles of chain-link fence on the Metro line. I must have been out of my mind. Stretches without fence, like this bridge, were a blessed relief. Likewise the few short stretches of tunnel.

A Metro train ready to depart Huntington station.

The King Street Metro station.

The elevated Metro stretch approaching National Airport.

Metro approaching the National Airport station, with Crystal City in the background.

The National Airport station.

The lower level of Washington Union Station.

The east end of Virginia Avenue interlocking.

The CSX, Metro, and U.S. 1 bridges over the Potomac River between Arlington, VA, and Washington, DC.

Heading south into Crystal City.

Arriving at the Alexandria Amtrak–VRE station.

A Norfolk Southern spur serves a power plant in North Alexandria and terminates at a small industry on the Potomac River after passing alongside a waterfront park.

The Norfolk Southern crossing of Cameron Run in Alexandria. That’s the CSX line on the bridges in the background.

The Norfolk Southern line just east of Van Dorn Street in Alexandria.

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