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TSW: Island Electrics!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Budd-built M3 EMUs have served the Long Island Rail Road for more than three decades – and now these electric classics come to Train Sim World!
Venerable and familiar, Long Island Rail Road’s Budd-built M3 electric-multiple-units (EMUs) have served what New Yorkers call “The Island” for more than three decades – and now you can take the controls of this railroading classic – with the Long Island Rail Road M3 EMUs for Train Sim World!
During the late 1960s and early 1970s in a major fleet renewal program, New York’s Long Island Rail Road, with funding from the State of New York and fledgling Metropolitan Transportation Authority, purchased 770 M1 EMUs constructed by Budd and equipped with General Electric components. Christened “Metropolitans,” the M1s immediately became the workhorses of LIRR’s expansive electric commuter operations.
The era was a time of change and enhancements on the LIRR, as the railroad modestly expanded its electrified trackage and boosted its third-rail-delivered D. C. power from 650 to 750 volts. With its commuter business expanding and additional electrified trackage to serve, in 1984-1986, LIRR and MTA returned to Budd to acquire 174 similar M3 EMUs.
LIRR’s M3 cars stretch 85-feet in length and are constructed of stainless steel. The cars operate on the D. C. current from LIRR’s third-rail system and are powered by four 160-horsepower traction motors riding in General Steel GSI trucks. The versatile EMUs, built in two-car “married pairs,” operate at speeds up to 80 mph on the LIRR.
The LIRR M1 and M3 EMUs also served as the design base for more than 300 blue-and-silver M1A and M3A EMUs which served MTA’s Metro-North Commuter Railroad. Dressed in yellow, gray, and silver, the LIRR M1 and M3 EMUs have become railroading classics and while the M1s were retired in 2007, the LIRR M3s soldier on and are expected to remain in service for a number of years to come.
And now you can experience the challenges of operating the memorable LIRR M3 EMUs on Train Sim World’s Long Island Rail Road route! The TSW LIRR M3 is a superb re-creation of the distinctive Budd-built electrics and will feature exacting details, fully interactive and realistic controls, and true-to-life performance. And you can immediately put the electrics through their paces hauling Big Apple commuters in a variety of interesting scenarios and timetabled services!
Please note: The TSW Long Island Rail Road Route Add-On is required, as a separate purchase, in order to utilize the content featured in this add-on.
Climb aboard and experience the venerable “island electrics” – with the Long Island Rail Road M3 EMUs for Train Sim World, available now! – Gary Dolzall
Take the controls of an American railroading classic – with the Long Island Rail Road’s Budd-built M3 electric-multiple-unit “EMUs” now available for Train Sim World! On the TSW Long Island Rail Road route, a set of LIRR M3s emerge from the East River tunnel as they scurry east, bound for “the Island.” Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
After purchasing 770 M1 “Metropolitan” EMUs in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the LIRR acquired 174 similar M3s in 1984-86. The M3s (above) stretch 85-feet in length, are constructed of stainless steel, and are powered by four 160-horsepower traction motors. The TSW LIRR M3 is a superb re-creation of the distinctive Budd-built electrics and features exacting details and realistic controls (below).
Still in regular service today after more than three decades, LIRR’s M3s have served across the length of the railroad’s electrified lines. A four-car M3 shuttle at Hunterspoint Avenue works the Long Island City line (above), while a venerable set of the Budd-built electrics ease over a grade crossing on the Hempstead Branch (below).
On Train Sim World’s popular Long Island Rail Road route, a set of yellow, silver, and gray M3s glide through the Sunnyside section of Queens (above and below), bound for New York’s Penn Station. The cars operate on 750-volt D. C. current from LIRR’s third-rail system and run at speeds up to 80 mph on the LIRR.
Budd-built LIRR M3 9916 is on the point as a set of LIRR’s EMUs arrive at the busy and impressive Jamaica, Queens, station (above and below). You can immediately put the M3 electrics through their paces hauling commuters in a variety of interesting scenarios and timetabled services on the TSW Long Island Rail Road route (route available separately).
With the new LIRR M3 EMU, you’ll be able to serve as engineer for both the venerable M3 and modern M7 Long Island Rail Road electrics. At LIRR’s West Side Yard serving Penn Station in Manhattan, the two classes of EMUs prepare for another day’s work on America’s busiest commuter railroad.
Hustling commuters across “the Island,” a set of LIRR M3 EMUs approach Jamaica, Queens, on the TSW Long Island Rail Road route. Climb aboard and experience the venerable “Island electrics” – with the Long Island Rail Road M3 EMUs for Train Sim World, available now!
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