Steve Dunham’s Trains of Thought

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Pictures of Steve Dunham’s Blue Comet Lines Microsoft Train Simulator route

The simulated route originally comprised the Jersey Central mainline from Jersey City to Atlantic City, plus the Jersey Central Seashore Branch, Sandy Hook, the New York & Long Branch from Red Bank to Bay Head, the Tuckerton Railroad, the Pennsy from Farmingdale to Manasquan, and the Pennsy from Lakehurst to Bay Head via Seaside. 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 New Roads, both free downloads on It was completed in September 2012.

As of 2022, Steve is extending the route north and east from Elizabethport. He hopes to complete the mainline to Bethlehem, Pa., the Newark branch, and the Reading from Bound Brook to West Trenton.

Pictures of the extension, in progress as of 2022, without interactive objects such as signals, moving motor traffic, and crossing gates.

Passing Boyd tower at Raritan.

White House, NJ.

Glen Gardner station.

High Bridge, NJ.

Approaching Phillipsburg, with the Lehigh Valley line alongside.


Delaware River bridges, viewed from Easton, left to right: Lehigh & Hudson River, Jersey Central, and Lehigh Valley.

Entering Easton.

Ingersoll-Rand plant, Easton, Pa.

A Reading train at Bound Brook.

A Reading train at Hopewell.

Leaving Newark.


Roselle Park.


Pictures of the route from 2012

Departing Atlantic City.

Storming into Hammonton.

Leaving the mainline at Winslow Junction.

The Tuckerton Railroad, at Whitings.

The Tuckerton Railroad, at Bamber.

The Tuckerton Railroad, at Barnegat.

The Tuckerton Railroad, at Manahawkin.

Crossing West Creek into West Creek.


Leaving Bay Head, traveling toward Seaside Park.

Arriving in Mantoloking.

Barnegat Pier station.

Leaving the Jersey City terminal.

Communipaw Curve.

Rolling under the Staten Island and the Goethals Bridge near Bayway.

33rd Street in Bayonne.

Rounding the curve near 8th Street in Bayonne.

The Newark Bay lift bridges.

Joining the mainline at Elizabethport.

Crossing Elizabeth Avenue.

The diamonds at Port Reading.

Rolling through Barber.

Passing the Anaconda plant in Perth Amboy.

The Raritan River bridge, looking toward South Amboy.

South Amboy electric coach yard (on the right; the tracks on the left lead toward the Raritan River bridge). One of my daughters thought the yard looked like “an unhappy place for trains” because all of the tracks ended.

The Navy pier in Raritan Bay.

Change at Matawan!

Atlantic Highlands Pier.

Another view of Atlantic Highlands Pier.

The scissors bridge at Highlands.

Between East Long Branch and West End.

Coming into Allenhurst.

Arriving in Asbury Park.

Crossing Shark River into Belmar.

Departing Belmar.

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