Train Simulator

TS19: All Americans!

Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Smokebox will soon bring two more classic 1860s Union Pacific 4-4-0 “American” type steam locomotives to Train Simulator!
As America’s railroads rapidly expanded in the mid-19th century, culminating with the opening of the great transcontinental railroad in May 1869, the young nation’s steam locomotive workhorse was the 4-4-0. Indeed, the 4-4-0 “eight-wheeler” became so synonymous with U. S. railroading that it quickly became known as the “American” type. And soon, Smokebox will be bringing to Train Simulator two more highly detailed and authentic 1860s Union Pacific 4-4-0s!
Smokebox is, of course, renowned for creating extraordinary steam locomotives and its stable of 1860s steam locomotives includes Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 and Central Pacific 4-4-0 No. 60, the “Jupiter,” of Golden Spike fame, as well as CPRR’s 4-6-0 “Buffalo” class. Now, two Union Pacific sisters 4-4-0s – UP No. 7, the “Omaha,” and UP No. 8, the “Idaho” – will soon join this remarkable roster, all of which are ideal for service on Smokebox’s captivating 68-mile Train Simulator Promontory Summit route.
Constructed by the Schenectady (N.Y.) Locomotive Works (a predecessor of the American Locomotive Works, or Alco), Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” were outshopped in March and April 1866 respectively, and went to work on the then-under-construction transcontinental railroad. In design, Union Pacific Nos. 7 and 8 were quite similar to Central Pacific No. 60, the famed “Jupiter” of Golden Spike fame, which was also a product of the Schenectady Locomotive Works.
Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” were typical of the eight-wheelers of the era – the locomotives weighed in at 18 tons (without tender), utilized 16” x 24” cylinders, and rode atop driving wheels of approximately 62 inches diameter. Accordingly, the 4-4-0s were well-suited to either passenger or freight duty.
Like many locomotives of the era, Union Pacific “Omaha” and “Idaho” were stylishly outfitted in vibrant and ornate liveries and UP Nos. 7 and 8 are notable not only for their colorful appearance but for the intricate striping on the locomotives, including on the pilots, driving wheels, and tender trucks. In the 1860s, locomotives were regularly assigned to a specific engineer, who lovingly cared for his stead and often personalized the locomotive – and the upcoming “Omaha” and “Idaho” even include the option of wearing antlers atop their classic headlights!
Like all Smokebox locomotives, Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” will feature extraordinary fidelity to detail and ultra-realistic interactive operating controls and characteristics. You can easily customize the locomotives to your skill level, as the “Omaha” and “Idaho” provide two levels of operating complexity in “expert” mode, can be operated in “simple controls” mode, and offer the use of an automatic fireman.
Ideally suited for work on the Train Simulator Promontory Summit route (available separately), the classic 4-4-0s are accompanied in this DLC pack by a Union Pacific emigrant coach with clerestory roof; UP combined caboose and coach; and UP baggage car, as well as three challenging career scenarios for the Promontory Summit route. Keep your eye out here Dovetail Games Live for further announcements, because two marvelous and authentic “All American” steam locomotives from the frontier era of the Old West are on the way soon! – Gary Dolzall
In the formative years of American railroading, the 4-4-0 “American” type was the workhorse of the rails – and soon Smokebox will be bringing to Train Simulator two more classics 1860s steam locomotives in the form of Union Pacific sisters – UP No. 7, the “Omaha” (above) and UP No. 8, the “Idaho” below. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” were constructed by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1866 and were stylishly outfitted in vibrant and ornate liveries and with intricate striping on the locomotive pilots, driving wheels, and tender trucks – and every detail of these eight-wheelers is being beautifully replicated by Smokebox. Note: Screenshots depict content still in development.
At Corinne, Utah, on Smokebox’s 1860s Promontory Summit route, UP No.8 awaits duty as sister “Omaha” chugs into town with westbound passengers (above). A short time later, UP No. 7 is on its way further west, its brilliant reflection dancing in the waters of a Bear Creek inlet (below).
Dawn is just brightening the eastern sky of another frontier America day as the Union Pacific’s “Omaha” eases up to the Corinne depot. Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” were typical of eight-wheelers of the era, weighing in at 18 tons (without tender), utilizing 16” x 24” cylinders, and riding atop driving wheels of approximately 62 inches diameter. The 4-4-0s were well-suited to either passenger or freight duty.
Union Pacific No. 8, the “Idaho,” is making a stop at the rough-and-tumble town of Blue Creek (also known as Dead Falls). In the 1860s, locomotives were regularly assigned to a specific engineer, who lovingly cared for his stead and often personalized the locomotive – and as illustrated here, the upcoming “Omaha” and “Idaho” include the option of wearing antlers atop their classic headlights!
Like all Smokebox locomotives, Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” will feature extraordinary fidelity to detail and ultra-realistic operating features. You can also easily customize the locomotives to your skill level, as the “Omaha” and “Idaho” provide two levels of operating complexity in “expert” mode, can be operated in “simple controls” mode, and offer the use of an automatic fireman.
On the remote, rugged, and steep east slope of the Promontory Mountains, Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 7 eases downgrade with eastbound passengers (above), then carefully clatters across the UP’s “Big Trestle” (below). The 68-mile Train Simulator Promontory Summit route (available separately) will be the perfect venue for the UP “Omaha” and “Idaho” as well as the authentic home for the complete roster of Smokebox’s remarkable 1860s Union Pacific and Central Pacific steam locomotives.
On a wintry day at historic Promontory Summit, Union Pacific’s “Omaha” eases off the turntable (above) in preparation for a passenger run, then later glides down the east slope of the Promontory Mountains (below). Renowned for creating superlative Train Simulator steam locomotives, Smokebox is soon bringing us two more 1860s locomotive classics – with Union Pacific 4-4-0s “Omaha” and “Idaho.”
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TS19: All Americans!
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