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Strategy First Signs 'Sandpatch' For North America

by Rainier on Nov. 26, 2002 @ 5:53 p.m. PST

Publisher Strategy First and Developers Maple Leaf Tracks are happy to announce that they have entered into a publishing deal to bring the MSTS Add-on Sandpatch to the North American market in early 2003.

“We are very pleased to be working on Sandpatch with Maple Leaf Tracks,” says Steve Milburn, Director of Marketing at Strategy First Inc. “Train enthusiasts are in for a great time.”

Sandpatch is a realistic add-on for Microsoft® Train Simulator. Players will experience one of America's most famous rail crossings, Sandpatch, which offers exciting challenges for all. Based on the Baltimore & Ohio's historic line, Sandpatch covers a distance of over 50 miles of mainline track between Cumberland, Maryland, and Rockwood, Pennsylvania. Included along the mainline are numerous spurs, interchanges, and branch lines, which make for exciting switching and way freight operations. As the engineer of a number of different freight trains, it is your job to pull massive loads of coal, autos, piggybacks, and general merchandise over the Allegheny Mountains. If heavy freights aren't your thing, there are several switching opportunities available as well.

“We strive to bring as much realism to the desktop as we can,” says Jason Dilworth, Director of Operations at Maple Leaf Tracks Inc. “We are very excited to be working with Strategy First in order to bring this add-on to market. Microsoft® Train Simulator, and its associated expansion packs, have great potential for the long term, and we feel that it will help develop a whole new hobby for virtual railroaders.”

Features :

  • Over 50 miles of realistic mainline railroad based on real world topographic and railroad maps
  • Includes 16 different locomotives such as the EMD SD50, SD40, GP38, GP40-2, and the GE B30-7
  • 14 different pieces of rolling stock
  • Custom built scenery, including famous buildings and landmarks
  • Realistic B&O-style CPL signals
  • 12 challenging activities, based on real life operations
  • Custom built locomotive cab view and sounds

For more information on Sandpatch, please visit Strategy First or Maple Leaf Tracks.

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