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Train Sim World 2 - The Definitive Dash 8

Written by: Gary Dolzall.
General Electric produced more than 1,700 “Dash 8” diesels and the definitive version of the Dash 8 series was the C40-8W, which now comes to Train Sim World 2 in CSX livery!
Between 1983 and 1994, legendary locomotive builder General Electric constructed more than 1,700 advanced “Dash 8”-series diesels, and the definitive edition of the GE Dash 8 line was the potent, six-axle C40-8W. And now, this husky 4,000-horsepower diesel is available for Train Sim World 2!
Magnificently created for TSW2 with fully interactive controls, authentic sounds, and realistic operating characteristics, the C40-8W comes dressed in the classic YN2 livery of rail giant CSX and is perfectly suited for service on the Train Sim World 2 Sand Patch Grade route!
The C40-8W - also commonly known as the Dash 8-40CW - was produced at General Electric’s sprawling Erie, Pennsylvania locomotive plant from 1989 through 1994. GE constructed 847 of the 4,000-horsepower, six-axle (C-C) diesels which were powered by the builder’s capable 7FDL16 four-cycle power plant.
The C40-8W was a direct refinement of its slightly older sister, the standard C40-8 (also known as the Dash 8-40C) which had debuted in 1987. While the original C40-8 was equipped with a traditional road-switcher-style cab and control stand, the C40-8W featured the “North American Cab” and desktop control stand which were quickly being favored equipment by most U. S. and Canadian railroads. Combined, the C40-8 and C40-8W totaled more than 1,400 units placed in service. Along with its North American cab, spotting features of the C40-8W included its oversized and flared rear radiators and use of GE’s GSC or Adirondack three-axle trucks.
Four of America’s biggest railroads – Conrail, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and CSX – purchased the C40-8W, along with leasing company Locomotive Management Services (LMS). Eastern rail giant CSX was the largest buyer of the type, acquiring 268 units from GE, and when CSX acquired a portion of Conrail, its fleet of C40-8Ws grew to more than 300 units. CSX also operated a large fleet of standard C40-8s and a similar 4,400-horsepower model, the C44-8W.
A versatile and powerful mainline locomotive, the C40-8W could be found across the CSX system in a variety of services ranging from heavy unit-train duties to hustling priority intermodals and manifests. While CSX has begun the retirement and sale of its C40-8W, the locomotive remains on the CSX roster. During the C40-8Ws long and successful career on CSX, the units have regularly served as mainline power and as helpers on Sand Patch Grade, and this new add-on puts the big GE to work in three new scenarios and in both existing and new timetabled services. The Dash 8-40CW is joined in the pack by a new three-bay open-top CSX coal hopper.
Climb aboard the definitive Dash 8 and tackle challenging heavy hauling – with the new CSX General Electric C40-8W for Train Sim World 2! – Gary Dolzall
The definitive version of General Electric’s successful Dash 8-series of locomotives was the potent, six-axle C40-8W. And now, this husky 4,000-horsepower diesel, dressed in CSX YN2 livery, is available for Train Sim World 2! CSX C40-8W 7899 is leading an auto rack train along the wintry west slope of Train Sim World 2’s Sand Patch Grade route. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
CSX C40-8W 7861 rides the turntable at Cumberland Terminal (above). The C40-8W - also commonly known as the Dash 8-40CW - was produced by General Electric from 1989 through 1994. GE constructed 847 of the 4,000-horsepower, six-axle (C-C) diesels which were notable for use of the North American cab design and desktop-style control stand (below).
CSX was the largest operator of the C40-8W with a roster of more than 300 units such as CSX 7861 being fueled at “the pit” in Cumberland Terminal (above). Magnificently created for Train Sim World 2, the C40-8W features fully interactive controls and realistic operating characteristics. On a stary night, CSX 7686 heads west from Cumberland Terminal with an auto rack train (below).
A versatile powerhouse, the C40-8W was at home in all types of mainline services. On an October afternoon, CSX C40-8 7673 is working a westbound manifest on Train Sim World 2’s Sand Patch Grade route (above and below). You’ll be able to put the 4,000-horsepower GE behemoth to work in a variety of timetabled services on the Sand Patch Grade route, including 10 new services which cover additional coal train operations.
The CSX C40-8W add-on for Train Sim World 2 includes a trio of challenging coal train scenarios on the rugged Sand Patch Grade route (above), and the pack also includes a new CSX three-bay open-top coal hopper (below).
At famed and historic Sand Patch summit, a pair of CSX C40-8Ws are battling winter weather and heavy coal tonnage. Climb aboard the definitive Dash 8 and tackle heavy hauling – with the new CSX General Electric C40-8W, now available for Train Sim World 2!
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