TS18: Mr. Lincoln’s Railroad
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 – and a remarkable UP 1869 route – are coming soon to Train Simulator!
It was with a stroke of the pen by U. S. President Abraham Lincoln on July 1, 1862 that the Pacific Railway Act became law and America’s transcontinental railroad was born. Nearly seven years later, the great American railroad initiative came to a ceremonial culmination on May 10, 1969 at Promontory, Utah. And soon, in the form of historic Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 and a captivating 1869 rendition of the Union Pacific around Cheyenne, Wyoming, “Mr. Lincoln’s railroad” is coming to Train Simulator!
The upcoming Union Pacific No. 119 and its accompanying “Cheyenne 1869” route represent the latest artistry from Smokebox and Mike Rennie. Along with the Central Pacific “Jupiter” (as also available from Smokebox), Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 was on hand during the celebration of the driving of the transcontinental railroad’s Golden Spike. Smokebox, as it did with CP’s “Jupiter,” has developed Union Pacific No. 119 employing extensive and detailed engineering drawings and has created the classic “American” type steam locomotive with an extraordinary range of authentic operating features.
In the earlier Dovetail Live article “Highball to 1869!” available here, we explored the history and remarkable features of the Union Pacific No. 119, which was one of five sister locomotives (UP 116-120) built by Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works in the company’s Patterson (New Jersey) shops in November 1868. Smokebox is noted for creating Train Simulator locomotives with outstanding fidelity to detail and such is certainly the case with the upcoming Union Pacific 4-4-0.
Union Pacific No. 119 is itself a masterpiece, and what makes this upcoming Train Simulator release all the more extraordinary is that the 4-4-0 will be accompanied by a route which is nothing short of a time machine to 19th century railroading! The Smokebox Cheyenne 1869 route will include sections of the transcontinental main line east and west of Cheyenne, as well as a branch line to the U. S. Army’s Camp Carlin.
Joining Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 on the Cheyenne 1869 route will be a superb range of period-authentic rolling stock, including a Union Pacific boxcar, flat cars (empty and with multiple loads), emigrant passenger coach with clerestory roof, baggage car, and combined caboose and coach. The route will offer a captivating selection of 1860s buildings and trackside assets, ranging from vintage engine and freight houses to “old west” wooden buildings, stock pens, covered wagons, and even encampment tents.
Through the masterful efforts of Smokebox, the unforgettable experiences of historic Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 – and “Mr. Lincoln’s railroad” – is coming soon to Train Simulator. – Gary Dolzall ■
The Union Pacific of 1869 is coming soon to Train Simulator through the artistry of Smokebox! Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works constructed five 4-4-0s for the Union Pacific in 1868, among which was No. 119 destined for fame when it stood pilot-to-pilot with Central Pacific No. 60, the “Jupiter,” during the transcontinental railroad’s Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. On Smokebox’s upcoming “Cheyenne 1869” route, a sister of UP No. 119 – stylish No. 116 – rolls across the wintry Wyoming plains bound for Cheyenne. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Smokebox and Mike Rennie are renowned for creating Train Simulator locomotives with outstanding fidelity to detail and realistic operating characteristics, and Union Pacific No. 119 is no exception, whether it be the “Rogers” nameplate affixed to the locomotive’s cylinders and ornate details of its beautiful livery (above), or detailed and authentic crew cab (below). Note: Screenshots depict content still in development.
Amid the bevy of warehouses at the U. S. Army’s Camp Carlin, Union Pacific No. 119 pulls together a string of boxcars (above), while on another day in 1869, the 4-4-0 prepares to head west from Cheyenne (below).
On the captivating Train Simulator route that will accompany Union Pacific No. 119, the classic “American” type steam locomotive trundles into Cheyenne with a westbound passenger train and passes one of the town’s stone-and-timber freight depots.
Night has come to the western prairie as Union Pacific No. 119, with oil headlamp aglow, readies for a nocturnal journey (above). The Cheyenne 1869 route will include a captivating selection of period assets ranging from vintage engine and freight houses to “old west” wooden buildings. Now surely there’s a saloon on this Cheyenne street!
Joining Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 on the Cheyenne 1869 route will be superb period-authentic rolling stock, including a Union Pacific boxcar, flat cars (empty and with multiple loads), baggage car, combined caboose and coach, and classic emigrant passenger coach with clerestory roof (above and below).
Having made a water stop west of Cheyenne, Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 116 resumes its eastward journey with freight in tow. Through the masterful efforts of Smokebox, the unforgettable experiences of “Mr. Lincoln’s railroad” is coming soon to Train Simulator!
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TS18: Mr. Lincoln’s Railroad