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TS18: Wondrous Ten-Wheeler!

Smokebox will soon bring Central Pacific’s 1860s Ten-Wheeler “Buffalo” to Train Simulator!

Smokebox, which has brought 1860s “Old West” railroading to full life in Train Simulator, will soon add to the experience – with Central Pacific’s Rogers-built 4-6-0 “Buffalo!”

For Train Simulator steam enthusiasts, Smokebox and Mike Rennie need no introduction, having previously created the fabulous Union Pacific FEF-3 4-8-4, the iconic AT&N 2-8-0 Consolidation, and Central Pacific’s “Jupiter” and Union Pacific’s No. 119 of Golden Spike fame. And soon, the list of extraordinary steam locomotives created by Smokebox will include Central Pacific Ten-Wheeler No. 82, the “Buffalo” and its sister locomotive, the “Gorilla.”

Constructed by the Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works of Paterson, New Jersey in 1868, Central Pacific’s “Buffalo” class included five steam locomotives (CPRR road numbers 82-83; 85-87). Largely based on Rogers standard 4-4-0 design (of which one notable example was Union Pacific No. 119), the “Buffalo” was equipped with an extra set of driving wheels, making it a 4-6-0 “Ten-Wheeler” – and a locomotive well-suited to battle the steep grades of Central Pacific’s rugged crossing of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains via famed Donner Pass.

CPRR’s Buffalo-class locomotives were wood burners, equipped with balloon smoke stacks housing large spark arrestors made from hardware cloth. Representing “big” power in the late 1860s, the 4-6-0s featured 18” x 24” cylinders, 57-inch drivers (with tires), and produced 13,000+ pounds of tractive effort. With an extra set of driving wheels (as compared to a 4-4-0), the Buffalo-class Ten-Wheelers had less space to fit the valve gear and crosshead pumps, leading to a cramped appearance in the area just behind the cylinders. But nonetheless, dressed out in a vibrant gunmetal, black, red, and green livery, the husky Ten-Wheelers were handsome steam locomotives indeed.

Smokebox is widely renowned for creating Train Simulator locomotives with absolute fidelity to detail and authentic operating characteristics, and the CPRR “Buffalo” is yet another example of Smokebox’s digital artistry. The “Buffalo” will provide everything from the challenges of stoking a wood-burning fire and managing injectors and boiler steam pressure to throttle lag and dealing with authentic wheel slip. With numerous interactive and fully animated elements, the “Buffalo” is remarkable in its authenticity and realism. Smokebox provides expert and simple operating modes that make the locomotive accessible and enjoyable for all users.

Joining Central Pacific No. 82, the “Buffalo,” will be sister locomotive CPRR No. 86, the “Gorilla,” as well as two new pieces of period rolling stock – a CPRR wooden boxcar and caboose-coach. The “Buffalo” pack will also feature four enjoyable career scenarios on Smokebox’s captivating and immersive Cheyenne 1869 route (as included in the “Union Pacific No. 119 Steam Loco Add-On” DLC which is available as a separate purchase).

The Wondrous Central Pacific Ten-Wheeler “Buffalo” is coming soon to Train Simulator, and with it more truly memorable “Old West” railroading experiences! – Gary Dolzall

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Through the digital artistry of Smokebox and Mike Rennie, Central Pacific Ten-Wheeler No. 82 – the “Buffalo” – is coming soon to Train Simulator! Constructed by the Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works, CPRR No. 82 (above) was one of five 4-6-0s built for the railroad in 1868. Sister locomotive No. 86 – the “Gorilla” (below) – will also be featured in the upcoming DLC. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

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With a string of wooden boxcars in tow, CPRR No. 82 strides into Cheyenne on Smokebox’s remarkable 1869 Cheyenne route. Representing “big” steam power in the late 1860s, the Rogers-built Ten-Wheeler featured 18” x 24” cylinders, 57-inch drivers (with tires), and produced 13,000+ pounds of tractive effort. Note: Screenshots may depict content still in development.

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On a foggy Wyoming, CPRR’s “Buffalo” puts on a dramatic show as it departs Cheyenne westbound (above). When you climb aboard the cab of the Ten-Wheeler (below), you’ll experience authentic “Old West” railroading and face all the challenges of operating a vintage steam locomotive, including stoking a wood-burning fire, managing injectors and boiler steam pressure, handling throttle lag, and dealing with authentic wheel slip.

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In the Old West, the railroad depot was the center of activity, and such is the case in Cheyenne as CPRR No. 82 (above) departs westbound on a pleasant evening, while on a wintry night, sister No. 86 (below) eases alongside the depot platform eastbound.

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Resting in the nighttime Cheyenne engine terminal, CPRR “Gorilla” shows off its 4-6-0 wheel arrangement. With an extra set of driving wheels (as compared to a 4-4-0), the Buffalo-class Ten-Wheelers had less space to fit the valve gear and crosshead pumps, leading to a cramped appearance in the area just behind the cylinders. But nonetheless, dressed out in a vibrant gunmetal, black, red, and green livery, the Ten-Wheelers were handsome steam locomotives.

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The upcoming Central Pacific Buffalo DLC pack from Smokebox will include two new period-authentic pieces of rolling stock: A CPRR wooden boxcar (above) and caboose-coach (below). The 4-6-0 and period rolling stock will go to work in four career scenarios set on Smokebox’s 1869 Cheyenne route (as included in the “Union Pacific No. 119 Steam Loco Add-On” DLC which is available as a separate purchase).

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Smokebox, which has brought 1860s “Old West” railroading to full life in Train Simulator, will soon add to the experience – with Central Pacific’s Rogers-built 4-6-0 “Buffalo” (right) joining CPRR No. 60, the “Jupiter,” and Union Pacific No. 119 as available DLC!

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