TS20: Big Apple Classics!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Now available, Metro-North’s M2 and M4 EMUs are classic – and perfect – additions for Train Simulator’s New York – New Haven route!
Metro-North’s M-series electric-multiple-unit (EMU) trains have been the workhorses of the New Haven Line for a half-century, and now two absolute Big Apple classics – the Metro-North M2 and M4 EMUs – are ready for Train Simulator service on the New York-New Haven route!
Created by renowned developer Reppo, the Metro-North M2/M4 DLC delivers extraordinary operational realism and visual detail. The M2 and M4 EMUs feature realistic operating procedures and characteristics, interactive cab controls and signal systems, passenger compartment interiors, and two authentic Metro-North liveries.
At the start of the 1970s, when New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) assumed responsibility for commuter lines north and east of New York City (as then operated by Penn Central), the lines were in desperate need for new equipment. MTA found its answer in adapting the design of the Budd-built M1 EMUs, first constructed for the Long Island Rail Road in 1968, and the result was the M1A constructed for use on the Harlem and Hudson lines and the M2 for use on the New Haven Line. The M1 and M1A both operated exclusively from D.C. third-rail power, while the M2 was constructed to operate both via D.C. third rail and overhead catenary A.C. power sources
Constructed beginning in 1972, the M2’s primary contactors were Budd and General Electric, with participation by Vickers and Avro. Dressed in a stainless steel and red/orange livery and equipped with third-rail shoes and pantographs to collect energy across the length of the New Haven Line, the first M2s entered service in 1973. An initial order of 144 cars was completed by 1974 and an additional 100 cars were ordered and built in 1975-1977. All axles on the M2s were powered by 162-horsepower DC motors and the cars could seat up to 120 passengers. The cars were built as married pairs (each car being cab equipped), and with a roster of 244 cars, the M2s assumed the primary role of operations on the New Haven Line, working between Grand Central Terminal and New Haven as well as on the interurban-like New Canaan Branch.
In the first half of the 1980s, MTA acquired another group of similar EMUs for the Long Island and for the Hudson and Harlem lines, designated the M3/M3A. Then, in 1987-88, Metro-North (having been formed as MTA’s operational entity in 1983) acquired for the New Haven Line a group of 54 M4 cars. These cars were similar to the M2s, with two key exceptions: By this time, Budd was winding down as a rail car manufacturer and the M4s were constructed under contract by Tokyu Car Corporation. More significantly, the M4 EMU sets were configured as “triplets” with a center car that was not equipped with operating cab.
Metro-North’s M2 and M4 cars were joined in 1993-1995 by a group of 48 M6 cars, which were largely identical to the M4s, but were contacted to Morrison-Knudsen. Well into the new millennium, the M2/M4/M6 cars served as the backbone of New Haven Line operations, until in 2011 MNCR’s new generation of EMUs, the stylish Kawasaki M8s, began arriving. As M8s arrived, retirements of the older M-series cars began in 2012. The last of the M4 and M6 triplets were retired in the summer of 2015 and it was left to the venerable M2s to close out the long tenure of these classic electrics. A few M2s carried on in MNCR service until December 2018 and a pair M2s are now preserved at the Danbury (Connecticut) Railway Museum.
Thanks to the remarkable talents and expertise of Ricardo Rivera and Reppo, the Metro-North M2 and M4 EMUs are now ready to go to work – in both M2 “married pair” and M4 “triplet” configurations – on the popular train Simulator NEC: New York – New Haven route (route available separately). Indeed, this new DLC also includes four career scenarios created for Reppo by High Iron Simulations that extend over the length of the New York – New Haven route’s main line and its unique New Canaan Branch.
It’s time to climb aboard and take the controls of Big Apple classics – with the Metro-North M2 and M4 EMUs now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! - Gary Dolzall
Metro-North’s M-series electric-multiple-unit (EMU) trains have been the workhorses of the famed New Haven Line for a half-century, and now two Big Apple classics – the Metro-North M2 (right) and M4 (left) EMUs – are ready for service on the popular Train Simulator New York-New Haven route! Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Between 1973 and 1977, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) acquired 244 M2 EMUs, with Budd and General Electric serving as the primary contractors. The M2s were built as married pairs and assumed the workhorse role on the New Haven Line. Running in third-rail territory, M2 8465 glides through Fordham (above), then calls at Harlem 125th Street (below). Note: Screenshots depict content still in development.
Masterfully created by renowned developer Ricardo Rivera and Reppo, the Metro-North M2/M4 DLC delivers extraordinary operational realism and visual detail. The EMUs feature authentic operating procedures and characteristics, interactive cab controls, and realistic signal systems.
Handling a turn from New Canaan to Stamford and back over the Metro-North New Canaan Branch, a set of MNCR M2s load passengers at Stamford (above), then make their way along the interurban-like branch line (below). The now available M2/M4 DLC includes four career scenarios for the NEC: New York – New Haven route (route available separately).
In 1987-88, Metro-North (having been formed as MTA’s operational entity in 1983) acquired for the New Haven Line a group of 54 M4 cars. The M4s were similar to the M2s, however were constructed under contract by Tokyu Car Corporation -- and the M4 EMU sets were configured as “triplets” with a center car that was not equipped with operating cab.
Hustling along the always bustling Train Simulator NEC: New York – New Haven route, a set of Metro-North M4 EMUs work eastbound near Darien where they encounter Amtrak and MNCR trains (above), then glide through a curve as they approach South Norwalk (below).
It’s time to climb aboard and take the controls of Big Apple classics – with the Metro-North M2 and M4 EMUs now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!
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TS20: Big Apple Classics!