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TS20: Climb Aboard for Chicago Railroading!

Article written by: Gary Dolzall.
Now available, Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01 delivers the full vigor, variety, and unbridled excitement of Chicago railroading!
Chicago, Illinois is “America’s Railroad Capital,” and among the numerous rail routes extending from “the Windy City,” few if any are more famous or vibrant that the “Racetrack” that extends west from Chicago Union Station to Aurora, Illinois.
The Racetrack, as wonderfully re-created in the Train Simulator “The Racetrack: Aurora – Chicago Route,” was originally part of the Burlington Route (CB&Q), joined Burlington Northern in 1970, and became a component of BNSF in 1995. Today, the line is the Chicago Subdivision of BNSF and it is renowned for its constant flow of intermodal, freight, commuter, and intercity passenger trains along its fast three-track main line.
Now, in High Iron Simulations’ realistic and action-filled Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01, you’ll experience the full vigor and unbridled variety of Chicago railroading! In ten career scenarios based upon actual railroad operations and train symbols, you will:
  • Serve as engineer of a high-priority BNSF Chicago – Portland transcontinental stack train departing BNSF’s sprawling Cicero Yard with potent BNSF GE ES44DC power.
  • Keep to challenging schedules as engineer of Chicago Commuter rush-hour trains on the Racetrack between Chicago Union Station and Aurora’s Transportation Center, working aboard EMD F40PH diesels and Bi-Level cab control cars.
  • Handle heavy tonnage working BNSF manifest freights and transfer operations from Cicero and Enola Yards with veteran BNSF EMD GP38-2s.
  • Work a nocturnal local freight and handle switching duties on BNSF’s rural and scenic West Chicago Branch.
  • Take the controls of Amtrak’s legendary, Superliner-equipped Southwest Chief as it makes its final lap to Chicago Union Station on a wintry afternoon.
  • At the throttle of a distinctive Amtrak GE Dash 8-32BWH diesel, manage switching duties at Amtrak’s busy Chicago 14th Street complex and Chicago Union Station.
  • Work as engineer aboard modern, high-horsepower Norfolk Southern and CSX GE diesels powering BNSF “run-through” manifest and unit oil trains on the Racetrack!
Note: This scenario pack requires Train Simulator’s The Racetrack: Aurora – Chicago Route Add-On. Select scenarios also require the Marias Pass Route Add-On; Miami – West Palm Beach Route Add-On; Norfolk Southern Coal District Route Add-On; and/or Amtrak Dash 8-32BWH Loco Add-On. This pack is available only available to purchase in the USA.
Climb aboard for realistic, extraordinarily diverse, and always-challenging railroading in America’s railroad capital with High Iron Simulations’ new Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01 - now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores! – Gary Dolzall
Chicago, Illinois is “America’s Railroad Capital,” and now, in High Iron Simulations’ realistic and action-filled Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01, you’ll experience the full vigor and unbridled variety of Chicago railroading! With Chicago’s magnificent skyline as a backdrop, F40PH 118 leads a westbound Chicago commuter train past Amtrak’s busy 14th Street servicing facilities. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
High Iron Simulations’ Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01 includes ten authentic career scenarios featuring intermodal, freight, switching, commuter, and intercity passenger operations! In the scenario “BNSF Z-CHCPTL,” you’ll be at the throttle of GE ES44DCs powering a priority Chicago-Portland stack train. With BNSF 7350 on the point, the intermodal train begins its pull at Cicero Yard as a commuter train hurries past (above), then later rolls through a favorite Chicagoland location for train-watching, Highlands, Illinois (below).
With Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01, you’ll tackle the challenges of keeping Chicago commuter trains on schedule amid the rush-hour. In the career scenario “Chicago Commuter 1271” (above), you’ll work aboard an F40PH with an evening rush-hour semi-express bound from Chicago Union Station to Aurora. And in the scenario “Chicago Commuter 1374,” you’ll take the controls aboard a Bi-level cab car for an early morning eastbound run (below).
Manifest freights and transfer duties with BNSF EMD GP38-2s are the tasks at hand in a pair of Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01 career scenarios. In “BNSF M-EOLBRC,” you will be the engineer of a freight working from Aurora’s Eola Yard (above) bound for the Belt Railway of Chicago. And in the scenario “BNSF Transfer Run,” you have been called as engineer for a transfer job from BNSF’s sprawling Cicero Yard (above), first delivering cars to Western Avenue Yard, then making your way toward a connection with the Norfolk Southern.
Providing a remarkable contrast to the bustling, three-track Racetrack is BNSF’s West Chicago Branch, and in the scenario “BNSF R-CHI845,” you are the engineer on a wintry night as the branch local makes a nocturnal run from Eola Yard over the West Chicago Branch with switching duties en route. With BNSF GP38-2 2253 on the head end, the local eases past Aurora’s Hill Yard.
You’ll tackle two very different types of Amtrak service in Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01. In the scenario “Amtrak Southwest Chief,” you’ll guide the famed Superliner-equipped Amtrak train over its last lap into Chicago on a winter afternoon. Nearing Chicago Union Station, the Southwest Chief and California Zephyr roll side-by-side (above). And in the scenario “Amtrak 14th Street Duty,” you’ll handle train make-up and deadheading movements working aboard a distinctive Amtrak GE Dash 8-32BWH diesel (below).
One of the many enthralling aspects of the Chicago Racetrack is that it regularly hosts run-through trains and power from eastern rail giants CSX and Norfolk Southern. And those experiences will be yours in two Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01 career scenarios. In the scenario “BNSF M-NSINTW,” Norfolk Southern GE ES44ACs (above) will be on the point as you handle a NS-BNSF run-through manifest bound from the NS to BNSF’s Northtown Yard in Minnesota. And in the scenario “BNSF U-MNUCXA,” you are the engineer of an eastbound unit oil train destined for Virginia with a CSX Dash 8-40CW leading the way (below).
Climb aboard for realistic, extraordinarily diverse, and always-challenging railroading in America’s railroad capital with High Iron Simulations’ new Chicago Racetrack Scenario Pack 01 -- now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores!
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