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TSW: California Commuters – and More!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Coming to Train Sim World is the busy Peninsula Corridor Route, home to Caltrain commuters – and Union Pacific freight action!
Stretching south from the fabulous “City by the Bay,” down the busy and scenic San Francisco Peninsula, is one of America’s most captivating and remarkable rail lines – the Peninsula Corridor of California – and now it’s coming soon to Train Sim World!
The TSW: Peninsula Corridor Route will bring to life the enthralling 47 route miles extending from San Francisco’s 4th & King Street station to San Jose Diridon station. In an earlier article here at Dovetail Live – “California Dreamin’, Railroad Style” available here – we introduced this famed route and briefly explored its history.
The Peninsula Corridor is home to one of America’s most dynamic and progressive commuter railroads – Caltrain. In serving San Francisco and California’s Silicon Valley, Caltrain operates approximately 100 trains per day during the work week to serve an average of more than 63,000 commuters each weekday (limited Caltrain services also extend south from San Jose to Gilroy). And the upcoming TSW: Peninsula Corridor Route will masterfully re-create Caltrain, with the railroad’s flashy F40PH-2CAT diesels, Nippon Sharyo bi-level gallery commuter equipment, and a total of 24 intermediate and distinctive stations between San Francisco and San Jose!
With the TSW: Peninsula Corridor Route, you’ll tackle the challenges of running a busy Caltrain commuter schedule and staying on time as you both operate at high speeds (up to 79 mph) and make numerous scheduled station stops. You’ll also be charged with helping to keep Caltrain’s modern equipment in top-notch condition by shuttling trains to and from the railroad’s sprawling Centralized Equipment Maintenance & Operations Facility (CEMOF) facility in San Jose.
Included with the TSW: Peninsula Corridor Route will be Caltrain’s F40PH-2CAT, which is the workhorse of the railroad. In 1985, Caltrain purchased 18 Electro-Motive F40PH-2s and two sister units joined the roster in 1987. Fifteen of these 3,200-horsepower locomotives have since been upgraded with separate Caterpillar 6-cylinder-powered HEP generators and reclassified as F40PH-2CAT locomotives. For “push-pull” operations, the route will also include Caltrain’s bi-level, gallery-style Nippon Sharyo cab cars and trailers, of which the railroad owns more than 90 examples.
And there’s more! California’s Peninsula Corridor is also host to Union Pacific freight services primarily based from South San Francisco Yard, and the upcoming TSW: Peninsula Corridor route will include Union Pacific’s versatile Electro-Motive GP38-2 and freight equipment to put you to work hauling tonnage!
Train Sim World’s Peninsula Corridor Route promises fast-paced American railroading at its contemporary and action-packed best. To allow you to experience the busy and scenic Peninsula Corridor right away, this upcoming TSW route will feature tutorials for each equipment type, a selection of challenging commuter and freight scenarios, and extensive 24-hour timetabled services.
With Train Sim World’s Peninsula Corridor Route, extraordinary and enjoyable American commuter – and freight – railroading is due to arrive very soon! – Gary Dolzall
Train Sim World’s Peninsula Corridor will be available both as a standalone route, and as part of the Digital Deluxe Edition of Train Sim World 2020 on August 15th
Coming soon to Train Sim World is the Peninsula Corridor Route! The Train Sim World: Peninsula Corridor route will re-create the remarkable and always busy 47 railroad route-miles between downtown San Francisco’s famed 4th & King Street station (above) and stylish San Jose Diridon station (below). Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
The TSW: Peninsula Corridor Route will feature Caltrain’s workhorse F40PH-2CAT locomotive. Caltrain operates 15 F40PH-2CAT diesels which were purchased in 1985-87 as Electro-Motive F40PH-2s and since modified with separate Caterpillar 6-cylinder-powered HEP generators and reclassified as F40PH-2CATs. Note: Screenshots depict content still in development.
For challenging and realistic “push-pull” operations, the TSW: Peninsula Corridor Route will include Caltrain’s bi-level, gallery Nippon Sharyo cab cars and trailers (above), of which the railroad owns more than 90 examples. A unique railroading experience will be yours as you work from the cab car’s snug engineer’s compartment, which features authentic and interactive controls (below).
Union Pacific freight services are an intriguing element of railroading on the Peninsula Corridor and the upcoming TSW route will include UP’s versatile and venerable Electro-Motive GP38-2 diesel road-switcher. Union Pacific freight operations are based from South San Francisco Yard, where UP GP38-2 516 is handling gravel hoppers while a Caltrain southbound commuter whisks past.
A trio of Union Pacific GP38-2s are applying their collective six thousand horsepower to dragging tonnage up the connector from San Francisco’s pier district to the Caltrain main line (above). It’s pouring rain, but UP GP38-2 555 and sisters are bathed in the golden light of an upcoming train’s headlight as they exist a tunnel near Bayshore (below).
Caltrain F40PH-2CAT 919 is hustling south along the Peninsula Corridor main line near Burlingame (above) and later eases to a station stop at Redwood City (below). With the TSW: Peninsula Corridor Route, you’ll tackle the challenges of running a busy Caltrain commuter schedule and staying on time as you both operate at high speeds (up to 79 mph) and make numerous scheduled station stops.
Between San Francisco and San Jose, Caltrain serves 24 intermediate station stops of varied styles. A southbound Caltrain commuter train is calling at the elevated station at San Bruno (above), while a cab-car-led northbound train arrives at Palo Alto (below).
To maintain its locomotive and car fleet, Caltrain utilizes its modern Centralized Equipment Maintenance & Operations Facility (CEMOF) in San Jose. The sprawling shops complex is re-created in the upcoming TSW: Peninsula Corridor Route, adding operational variety to the route as you shuttle equipment to and from the facility for servicing.
Under a dramatic sky, San Francisco’s grand station at 4th & King Street station witnesses a line-up of Caltrain commuter trains ready for departure. With Train Sim World’s upcoming Peninsula Corridor Route, extraordinary and enjoyable American commuter – and freight – railroading is due to arrive very soon!
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