TS18: Amtrak’s Iconic EMD E8
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
In Amtrak liveries, the famous Electro-Motive E8 diesel is now available for Train Simulator!
One of America’s most stylish, famous, and iconic diesel locomotives – the Electro-Motive E8 – is now ready for Train Simulator service in two classic Amtrak liveries!
In our earlier Dovetail Live articles “Electro-Motive’s Elegant E” and “Coast to Coast Racehorse”, we introduced the Train Simulator Amtrak E8 and recounted the history of this truly notable American motive power. As a landmark locomotive of the postwar streamliner era in the U. S., the E8 was produced by Electro-Motive between 1949 and 1954, and nearly 500 of the passenger locomotives were purchased by 29 original buyers. The E8 derived its 2,250-horsepower per unit from a pair of EMD 567-series V-12 power plants, rode on an A1A-A1A wheel arrangement, and could be geared to operate at speeds up to 117 miles per hour. During its years of service for Amtrak, the E8 reached throughout the United States, serving on both the railroad’s long-distance trains as well as short-haul services. Amtrak operated its last E-units into the early 1980s.
Now, the classic Electro-Motive E8 has come to Train Simulator in two notable Amtrak liveries and in multiple variants. The Amtrak E8 is featured in both cab and booster configurations and is provided in Amtrak’s classic red-nosed “Phase I” livery and the stylishly striped “Phase II” scheme. The Amtrak E8 also is provided in single- and double-headlight versions and with- and without carbody portholes (representing the locomotive’s “as built” and “rebuilt” appearances).
Plus, there’s more! Accompanying the Amtrak E8 is a selection of five era-appropriate Amtrak passenger cars that are ideally suited to re-create the long- and short-haul Amtrak passenger trains of the 1970s and early 1980s. Included with the EMD E8 is an Amtrak baggage car, 48-seat coach, dome-coach, 10-6 sleeper, and diner – all outfitted in Amtrak’s Phase I passenger car livery.
The Amtrak EMD E8 pack features three career scenarios for the Miami-West Palm Beach route (route available separately) and provides Train Simulator’s Seaboard Coast Line General Electric U36B and SCL freight equipment to provide era-authentic freight traffic on the route. In addition to the Miami – West Palm Beach route, the new Amtrak E8 will be well-suited for use on a variety of Train Simulator’s popular U. S. routes and it, together with its accompanying passenger cars, will be excellent for creating many of Amtrak’s early-era passenger trains such as the Broadway Limited, San Francisco Zephyr, Empire Builder, and notable short-haul Amtrak trains such as the San Diegans.
Train Simulator’s Amtrak Electro-Motive E8 is now ready to highball – and is available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall ■
Amtrak’s iconic Electro-Motive E8 is now available for Train Simulator duty! The Train Simulator E8 is featured in both cab and booster configurations and outfitted in Amtrak’s original red-nosed “Phase I” livery (above) and the stylishly striped “Phase II” scheme (below). Screenshots by Gary Dolzall. On Train Simulator’s Miami – West Palm Beach route, Amtrak EMD E8s are lined up at Miami station with the famed “silver sisters,” the Silver Meteor and Silver Star (above). Accompanying the E8 in this new Train Simulator release is a selection of period-authentic passenger equipment in Amtrak Phase I livery (below). Powered by a classic “A-B-A” set of Amtrak E8s in Phase II livery, the Silver Star rolls south on the Train Simulator Miami – West Palm Beach route (above) and meets a northbound Seaboard Coast Line freight (below). The Train Simulator Amtrak E8 DLC includes the Seaboard Coast Line General Electric U36B diesel and SCL rolling stock to provide period-authentic freight traffic. With career scenarios provided for the Train Simulator Miami – West Palm Beach route (route available separately), the experiences of climbing aboard the EMD E8s classic cab (above) and hustling through the scenic south Florida landscape (below) awaits with the new Amtrak E8 DLC. The Amtrak EMD E8 and its accompanying passenger equipment will be ideal for use on a variety of Train Simulator U. S. routes, and for re-creating early-era long- and short-haul passenger trains ranging from the Broadway Limited making its over Horseshoe Curve (above) to a San Diegan hustling along the Pacific Surfliner route (below). Included with the EMD E8 is an Amtrak baggage car, 48-seat coach, dome-coach, 10-6 sleeper, and diner, all outfitted in Amtrak’s Phase I passenger car livery. Amtrak’s iconic Electro-Motive E8 diesel – in Amtrak Phase I and Phase II liveries – is now ready for Train Simulator service and available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores!