Train Sim World
TSW: Ride the Bullet!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Climb aboard Caltrain’s “Baby Bullet” for fast-paced and challenging American commuter railroading!
Fast, colorful – and challenging – Caltrain’s popular “Baby Bullet” commuter trains, consisting of Motive Power (MPI) MPXpress MP36PH-3C diesels and Bombardier bi-level cab cars and coaches, are ready for service on TSW’s Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco-San Jose route!
Train Sim World’s now available Baby Bullets are highly detailed and authentic re-creations of the flashy red, white, and black train sets serving Caltrain’s scenic Peninsula Corridor route. The MP36PH-3C diesels feature interactive cabs and controls, realistic operating procedures, and authentic service characteristics. And likewise, the Bombardier cab cars feature full and authentic controls and the bi-level equipment is provided both in all-passenger and Caltrain’s passenger/bike variants.
Caltrain’s Baby Bullets began revenue service in June 2004, fulfilling the role of limited-stop expresses on the Caltrain commuter line linking San Jose and San Francisco. From 10 scheduled services on weekdays in 2004, the scheduled Baby Bullet services have grown to 22 in number, and the trains typically have made four or five intermediate stops over the 47-mile Caltrain route between San Francisco and San Jose.
To equip its Baby Bullets, Caltrain in 2002-2003 purchased six Motive Power MPXpress MP36PH-3C diesels (Caltrain road numbers 923-928), eight Bombardier bi-level cab cars, and nine bi-Level coaches (trailers). Caltrain’s fleet of Bombardier bi-levels has since grown to 35 cars. Both the cab and trailer car fleets feature multiple configurations with cars equipped exclusively for passenger seating or with a mix of seating and space for passengers’ bikes. The “push-pull” Baby Bullets have typically operated in five- or six-car consists with the locomotive placed on the south end of the train.
Introduced in 2002 by Motive Power, Inc. (a Wabtec company), the MPXpress line of diesel locomotives largely became the standard-bearer for commuter motive power in North America in the decade that followed. The first MPXpress locomotives, designated the MP36PH-3S, were powered by EMD-derivative 645-series 16-cylinder power plants which supplied power both for traction and, via a static-inventor HEP system, for train requirements.
What would become a popular edition of the MPXpress line of locomotives was born when Caltrain ordered its six MP36PH-3C diesels. Like the first locomotives, the MP36PH-3C employed a 16-cylinder, 3,600-horsepower 645-series power plant to provide traction, but the “-3C” model was equipped with a separate V12 Caterpillar diesel to supply HEP power.
Since its debut on Caltrain, the MP36PH-3C has been put into service by 10 commuter railroads and can be found from coast to coast in the United States. The MP36PH-3C was designed to be compliant with Tier 2 emissions standards, and in 2007 the locomotive was joined in the MPXpress line by the Tier 3, 4,000-horsepower MP40PH-3C which is powered by an EMD-derivative 710-series power plant. Another MPXpress model, the MP32PH-Q, has been constructed using reconditioned EMD 645-series power plants and is rated at 3,200 horsepower. In total, more than 220 MPXpress locomotives are in service across North America. Representing the latest generation of MPI commuter power is the MP54AC, a locomotive based upon the MPXpress design but powered by two Cummins QSK60 Tier 4-compliant diesel engines providing up to 5,400 horsepower.
The heritage of Bombardier’s bi-level commuter cars date back to the mid-1970s when equipment of the distinctive design was first introduced to service by Toronto’s GO Transit. Since that time, and in multiple variations, the cars have joined the roster of more than a dozen North American commuter carriers across the continent.
TSW’s new Baby Bullet DLC features a selection of scenarios (including tutorials) and a full range of timetabled services to put the Baby Bullets to work on the fast-paced and bustling Peninsula Corridor route – and to immediately test your skills as an engineer!
Climb aboard and ride the Bullet – with the Caltrain Baby Bullet for Train Sim World, now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC! – Gary Dolzall
Caltrain’s Baby Bullet commuter trains are now ready for Train Sim World service on the TSW Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco-San Jose route! The Baby Bullets’ flashy, big, and potent Motive Power (MPI) MPXpress MP36PH-3C diesels (above) deliver 3,600 horsepower. The TSW edition of the MP36PH-3C features a highly realistic cab and controls (below) and authentic operating characteristics. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Caltrain’s Bombardier bi-level cab cars and coaches join the MP36PH-3C in the new TSW Baby Bullet DLC. At San Francisco’s 4th and King Street station, red-and-white Bombardier bi-levels mingle with Caltrain’s silver Nippon Sharyo-built equipment (above). As an engineer for the “push-pull” Baby Bullets, you’ll have the chance to operate from the confines of the bi-level’s operating cab (below). Note: Screenshots may depict content while still in development.
The heritage of Bombardier’s bi-level commuter cars date back to the mid-1970s when equipment of the distinctive design was first introduced to service by Toronto’s GO Transit. Since that time, and in multiple variations, the cars have joined the roster of more than a dozen North American commuter carriers. Caltrain rosters 35 of the cars.
Big and powerful, the modern MPI MPXpress diesel locomotive nonetheless evokes a sleek, rather European-style visual panache. Caltrain MP36PH-3C 923 has it headlight illuminated for departure from San Francisco (above) and moments later eases through the tight curve that leads toward the 22nd Street Station (below).
Caltrain MP36PH-3C 924 and a Baby Bullet race along San Francisco Bay en route from “the City by the Bay” to San Jose. TSW’s new Baby Bullet DLC features a selection of scenarios (including tutorials) and a full range of timetabled services to put the Baby Bullets to work on the bustling Peninsula Corridor route – and to test your skills as an engineer!
With the new Baby Bullet DLC, the Caltrain MP36PH-3C and Bombardier bi-levels will now work side-by-side (above and below) with the commuter carrier’s veteran EMD F40PH-2-CAT diesels on TSW’s popular Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – San Jose route.
Climb aboard and ride the Bullet – with the Caltrain Baby Bullet for Train Sim World, now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC!
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