Metra Milwaukee District North Line V2.6 (Rondount done!)

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I started to build this route because Northbrook is my favorite place to watch trains but ended up expanding the route. This version V2.5.5 Is about 20 miles of Mainline track goes from Rondout to Glenview. Im always working on extending and any help would be greatly appreciated. THIS IS IN A BETA VERSION SO IT IS NOWHERE NEAR COMPLETION. THE ROUTE DOWNLOADABLE NOW HAS TRACK CONNECTED EVERYWHERE.

UPDATE V2: Im suspending the original (first) route that I published here and am making a new one with correct mesuarements from google earth. This version is shorter (for now) but its miles better. Smaller details were added and more functionality have been added. Both versions will be availible down below for download but later down the road the old version will be removed so if you want it get it soon. Pictures of the route are updated to the new route. New route only includes N-Glenveiw (somewhat) to Northbrook.
ALSO IS IN EARLY BETA.

UPDATE V2.1: More extentions to the new version. More work was done at Northbrook and N glenview to make it more appealing and added an early version of Lake Cook road. All playable.

UPDATE V2.2: Lake cook road finished and extended almost to Deerfield station and did some more fixes and added some other stuff around thr route. Next update is Deerfield! Also next update the old version will be removed completly so get it soon if you want it.

UPDATE V2.3: Deerfield finished and added some more to N glenview. added some pedestrian crossings at Lake Cook Road. Extended the UP Line that extends from the Metra line for some CP freight, It will be decorated last or very long from now. Next update is Glenview! Last of all, old version was removed. Not really that big of a deal because it doesnt even work for most people. if you didnt get it you didnt miss out, trust me.

UPDATE V2.35: Man is glenview a piece of work. The reason this update counts as half a version and not and a full new version is because Glenview is not fully finished. This part has definetly taken me the longest and theres still so much more to do. I am also going on vacation this week so I wanted to release a new version before then. But even though its the hardest part what i have done is so much better than the V1 version its unbelievable. So enjoy this half update and Ill finish glenview in a week and a half or so and ill release it as soon as possible.

UPDATE V2.4: So apparently I had more free time than expected so I took the oppitunity to finish up glenview. Took forever but It looks so good. Now you can run Metra, Amtrak Hiawatha service, and CP freight all on the line. Next update will be Lake forest and a little more details south of glenview.

UPDATE V2.5: Lake forest is here! This part also took a bit which is why you havent seen an update in a bit. Updated pictures of Lake forest will be in the mod gallery on this page. Next update will either be Rondout (not a station) its where the Metra line splits off from the CP or Amtrak Hiawatha line or Golf You can choose in the comments if you want.

UPDATE V2.5.1: Yes this is still a work in progress. I added a very early version of rondout, meaning I just got the track layed down and some bare scenery. I wanted to get an update out but ive been so busy with school and other activities ive had no time. This is mostly to let people know its not cancelled. I dont know when this wil be done. Also added a thumbnail to the route when you go to it in the build tile.

Update V2.5.25: Got some decent work done at Rondout and made the route quick drive compatible, heres how to do a quick drive correctly.
You will see four departure options when you uselect the route: Glenveiw Outbound, Rondout (Metra), UP Line Departing, and Rondout AMTK Departing. If you to drive Metra towards chicago select Rondout (Metra) the furthest you can go is to Glenveiw Southbound. If you want to drive a metra coming from chicago select Glenveiw Outbound the furthest you can go is Rondount (Metra) DO NOT SELECT Rondount (Amtrak/Freight) as you arent driving either of those. If you want to drive an Amtrak coming from chicago select Glenveiw Outbound the furthest you can go is Rondount (Amtrak/Freight). DO NOT SELECT Rondount (Metra) as you arent driving a Metra. If you want to drive an Amtrak going to chicago Select Rondout AMTK Departing and select the one destination option. If you want to drive a freight fot now there is only Southbound options. Select UP Line Departing and select the one destination option. IF THIS IS CONFUSING LEAVE A COMMENT AND ILL GET BACK ASAP.

Update V2.5.5: Making a daily update because I was gone for so long. Some good detail work on the other side of rondout and fixed some other stuff around the route, Speed limits, added night lighting to the whole route, and fixed some quick drive bugs. All mainline track is 79 MPH and the splitoff at rondout is 25 MPH. This is where the Amtrak Hiawatha route splits off to miluakee but I will not be making that section.

Update V2.5.75 Rondout is almost complete with some little finishing touches to add in the final update. Not really much to say but I just added more scenery and signals.

Update V2.6: Rondout finished! Now the transitions from lake forest to Rondout is bare but I have a feeling not many people care about that, I will still get around to that in the future.

Requirements

VERSION V2.6:
BNSF Chicago - steam app/website
MontanaHiLine - steam app/website
Northjersycoast - steam app/website
Marias pass - steam app/website
RCAP - Railworks website
Miami - steam app/website

Installation Instructions

Make sure you have all the required DLC and drag into your Directory folder. For most people: (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\RailWorks)

The route can be found in the build tile and its named: MDNL V2

Additional Comments

Any help/suggestions is always appreciated. This is a huge project so leave a comment if willing to help.

Tags: amtrak cp-rail metra

Files

MDNL V2.6.rar 6 MB · Downloaded 41×

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Comments

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Kcsouthern32 6 Apr 2022

Nice!

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MetraBoy 6 Apr 2022

thank you!

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amtrakfan90201 6 Apr 2022

It doesn't load into the game and it shows that google chrome blocked the download

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MetraBoy 6 Apr 2022

what do you mean it doesnt load into the game?

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amtrakfan90201 6 Apr 2022

I put the file into the correct folder and doesn't show up in the game

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MetraBoy 7 Apr 2022

are you sure you have all the dlc installed?

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MetraBoy 7 Apr 2022

I see the problem with google and I think I know why it wont show up for you. Im making a new file and should be up later. Are you dragging the file named "MDNL (BETA)" (Not the .rar file) or the "content" file, both inside the .rar file.

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amtrakfan90201 7 Apr 2022

the MDNL Beta

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MetraBoy 7 Apr 2022

You need to drag the “content” file into the directory not MDNL Beta. That should work for you. Should be the first file inside the download now.

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amtrakfan90201 9 Apr 2022

I did that and doesn't load into the game

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MetraBoy 9 Apr 2022

That’s definitely very weird, all you should have to do is drag it in. Do you have all the DLC?

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amtrakfan90201 10 Apr 2022

Yes I do I installed the SMM and still doesn't show up in the game

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amtrakfan90201 10 Apr 2022

And i found it as it is under Northbrook but when i try to load it in it keeps crashing and saying error can't find shade

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MetraBoy 10 Apr 2022

Lower your settings all the way down for the first time see if that works.

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amtrakfan90201 13 Apr 2022

I tried to lower the settings and it still crashes. Error says cannot find shader

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MetraBoy 15 Apr 2022

hm I have no idea. maybe reset your game cache or validate your files. but be careful as validating will almost reset all mods you installed.

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aiden0928 8 Jun 2022

"cannot find shader" sounds like a corrupt installation, might even be a DirectX error.

There was someone on this forum posting this regularly to no avail. The "missing" shader file was there but the error still showed. Uninstall TS completely, make sure to delete the "RailWorks" folder so nothing is left. Then reinstall and post if that made a change.

If that doesn't work, it might be your hardware.

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amtrakfan90201 8 Jun 2022

ok thank you

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CRYSCrum 8 Apr 2022

Are you planning to build the route all the way to Milwaukee?

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MetraBoy 8 Apr 2022

No, Im planning to build the whole Metra line, Chicago - Fox Lake

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CRYSCrum 9 Apr 2022

Still good work so far!

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MetraBoy 9 Apr 2022

Thank you! And quick question, is the route laggy or slow to you at all?

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Yo_Adrian 29 May 2022

So for some reason it always freezes on the loading screen and then crashes the game. I have everything installed, any ideas?

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aiden0928 30 May 2022

According to the creator he is unsure of all the needed assets. Go through those that are listed and make sure that you have all that are required. Other that that contact the creator for assistance.

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MetraBoy 4 Jun 2022

This is what i was worried about. Try removing all graphics enhancers and lowering your graphics settings all the way down just for the first time. could be an issue with something loading in incorrectly.

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Yo_Adrian 14 Jun 2022

Just tried that still nothing. I'm going to delete everything from my game and reinstall it. Adding the required stuff in first and see if that works. This route hits close to home for me so my game being stupid with it irritates me lol.

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MetraBoy 16 Jun 2022

Try the new version I released. it seems less buggy.

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Yo_Adrian 18 Jun 2022

It works, thank you!

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MetraBoy 18 Jun 2022

Great to see it finally work! Hope you like it!

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aiden0928 4 Jun 2022

Can you make an Metra North Central Service Chicago To Antioch?

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MetraBoy 16 Jun 2022

Sorry for not seeing this earlier. I don't think I will for two reasons. Since I took 2 years to respond to your comment I've seen you've already started. And I'm just not familiar with that line. the reason I'm building the MDNL is because I used to live less than a quarter of a mile from Northbrook Metra station and I still go and railfan there. Maybe once I'm done with this but who knows when that'll be. I can always help out too if your willing to build it.

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aiden0928 16 Jun 2022

i made the NCS Map

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aiden0928 one month ago

i got the MDNL Old But Mine Works Fine

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MetraBoy 20 days ago

The first version of this route? Like the 1.0?

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aiden0928 17 days ago

yes

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MonsieurMungo 5 Jun 2022

Very cool concept. I live in Chicago and love anything Metra related. Currently adding Oglevie Transportation Center to my Goose Island Route.

One thing I am curious about is why you decided to build the route 'upside down.' Meaning, Lake Forest is at the southern end and Glenview is on the northern when it should be the opposite. I also noticed that the tracks don't line up with the Google Earth overlay. Am I missing something or doing something wrong? Still, great route!

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MetraBoy 12 Jun 2022

Nope you did nothing wrong. The problem is when I started to build this route I didn’t use a google overlay until I was in the middle of building it. There’s problems with this route like parts being way longer than needed and no way of fixing it. I might start over with the overlay to get a better and more realistic approach. If you read the description I can’t place down any tracks without the game crashing so I have to figure that out first. Thanks.

And I have a question for you. How did you get the google earth overlay and was it complicated? I fixed the track part but I can't get the google overlay to work and every time I try to load MDNL in the editor it crashes. If you know how to get the google API overlay to not show me blue spinning circles for ever that would be great

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MonsieurMungo 15 Jun 2022

If you felt like maybe restarting the route with the proper overlay, I may be willing to help with some of the work with the scenery and whatnot (time permitting). I think we could really use another Metra route and would like to help make that happen.

As for the overlay problem, I kind of remember having a similar problem in the past. The spinning circles wouldn’t go away. I think it had to do with the API code changing for some reason. Try going into your Google dev account and see if there is a new code. Even if there isn’t a new one, try copying and pasting whatever code is listed there back into TS. It could be that your current code is off by one character or something like that. Hope that helps!

Edit: I think I remember that Google shut down my API code because I had gotten a new debit card at that time and they detected that the one they had on file was expired. I gave them the new card number and they generated a new code. Worked fine after that.

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MetraBoy 16 Jun 2022

So I tried all of those methods and I still get the blue spinning circles. I remember someone saying that Google was shutting down something with TS and API's so that's probably it. But I already have restarted as seen in the update but I'm basically doing the same thing as an overlay. Im using google earth pro to get direct measurements and fixed Glenview being on the northen end and it's a way better start than my previous try. It would be great if you can help even if its small, I don't have much time or dedication to build the whole line by myself and If I did it would take years.

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AMTKfan 457 16 Jun 2022

Do you know where you got that 90278 NPCU? It's nice!

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MetraBoy 16 Jun 2022

Seems like the creator took it down. It was on this website so I would keep an eye out as he might reupload it soon.

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AMTKfan 457 16 Jun 2022

Darn, if it does go back up, please tell me!

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MetraBoy 16 Jun 2022

Will do

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Thinking of making an South Chicago map, I'm thinking about extending chicago?

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MetraBoy 5 Jul 2022

Just south Chicago in general? or a specific area.

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Union Station To Kankakee, if you want I'll help you make it

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MetraBoy 5 Jul 2022

so that line is used for Amtrak service all the way to New Orleans?

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MetraBoy 6 Jul 2022

maybe when im done with this project. becuase this already takes up so much time to get right. and another one to build would be to much.

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Amtrak P40DC 838 7 Jul 2022

was V1 required? i installed this and it worked but deerfield is the only place on the whole map. or NCS?

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MetraBoy 8 Jul 2022

No this is a completely separate version. that is weird that Deerfield is the only place... Try the new version that's coming out.

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Brady 29 Jul 2022

Hi! Is there a way to use this route without the DLCs? It looks awesome but I don't really want to spend $100+ on DLCs. Thanks!

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MetraBoy 30 Jul 2022

technically yes you can. but the bare minimum would be the BNSF Chicago route as that is the route I placed the track from. and RCAP is free on railworks america. If you dont mind it looking bland and I mean very bland with only those two then yes you can.

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Brady 30 Jul 2022

Ok great, thanks. And if I wanted to buy one or two DLC's which would you recommend to make the biggest difference?

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Brady 30 Jul 2022

I'm also having this issue when trying to use the route:
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aiden0928 30 Jul 2022

press F2 And See If This Works

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Brady 30 Jul 2022

Yeah that worked, thanks.

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MetraBoy 30 Jul 2022

If I were you I would Buy Montana Hi-line because I use those signals and the Miami route. I get most of my scenery from those three. Including the Base route.

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aiden0928 30 Jul 2022

your welcome!

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Brady 31 Jul 2022

Great thanks guys

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I'd Suggest u use the hi line tracks.

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MetraBoy 2 Aug 2022

I already did that in the next upcoming update (rondout update, coming proabaly next week). I switched to those. if there is a way to replace all track with the Hi line ones i would but I dont think there is.

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Master of Mayhem 27 days ago

Is this route Quick Drive compatable, and if it is not then couldd you make it that?

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MetraBoy 22 days ago

No it isnt for now. I can make it compatible in the next update.

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aiden0928 22 days ago

can i just make my own route amtrak hiawatha?

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MetraBoy 22 days ago

You can make whatever you want.

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aiden0928 22 days ago

do any quick drive works?

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MetraBoy 22 days ago

If you read the update description it tells you that you have 4 quick drive scenarios

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aiden0928 22 days ago

are you sure you planning the chicago union station to fox lake?

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MetraBoy 21 days ago

That’s what I’m trying to build in this route.

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aiden0928 13 days ago

u ever going to make an Libertyville?

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MetraBoy 13 days ago

Next Update (V2.7) will be Golf IL then Update (V2.8) will be libertyville. so yes it will come sooner or later. dont have a date right now.

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aiden0928 13 days ago

Nice

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aiden0928 2 days ago

will be there an V3.0?

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MetraBoy 2 days ago

Probably not. Because the only reason there was a v2.0 is because the first time I made this route I messed the directions and dimensions all wrong. If I need to fix anything it’ll stay as V2.0

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