Train Simulator

Chessie System: Colorful and Captivating!

Written by Gary Dolzall
Coming soon, the Chessie System Retro Pack brings an iconic and colorful American railroad to life on the CSX Hanover Subdivision route.
Get ready to experience the classic, colorful, and captivating railroading of America’s iconic Chessie System in the upcoming Chessie System Retro Pack for Train Simulator!
The Chessie System was created in 1973 to integrate the operations of three of America’s great eastern railroads – the Chesapeake & Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio, and Western Maryland Railway. With the Chessie System came the railroad’s vibrant livery featuring the silhouette of C&O’s famed “Chessie the Kitten” and brilliant yellow, vermillion, and blue colors. And soon, you’ll experience the memorable era of the famed Chessie System as authentically re-created for the popular Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route!
The Chessie System Retro Pack, developed by High Iron Simulations, will include everything you need to step back in time to the 1970s and early 1980s and go to work for the famed railroad that was a key predecessor of today’s giant CSX Transportation.
The Chessie System Retro Pack will include three types of Electro-Motive diesel locomotives – the GP9 and GP35 road-switcher, as well as the “SW-series” switcher, the latter in three model variations (SW7, SW9, and SW1200). And the pack will also feature Chessie System’s ex-Western Maryland C-13A caboose in six liveries, and eight types of freight equipment appropriate for the era!
All locomotive types will be provided in Chessie System’s dramatic and colorful full livery and with B&O, C&O, and WM sub-lettering as appropriate. The EMD GP9 will also be included in a "patched” C&O/WM blue livery. The steel C-13A cupola caboose will be featured in Chessie System, Western Maryland, and four special Chessie “safety” schemes. The freight equipment will wear a variety of Chessie System, Western Maryland, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and generic liveries.
Created to bring the Chessie System era to vibrant life on the highly acclaimed CSX Hanover Subdivision route (known as Western Maryland’s “Dutch Line,” the route became part of the Chessie System along with the rest of the WM in 1973) the retro pack will also feature a selection of nine realistic career scenarios based on actual operations and train symbols.
Note: The locomotives and freight equipment to be included in the Chessie System Retro Pack can be realistically used on a variety of Train Simulator route; use of the included scenarios will require the CSX Hanover Subdivision route (route available separately).
Get ready to take the throttle of the Chessie System’s magnificent and diverse motive power and enjoy classic railroading amid the historic farmlands and scenic mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania – with the upcoming Chessie System Retro Pack! – Gary Dolzall
Coming soon to Train Simulator, the Chessie System Retro Pack will include everything you need to step back in time to the 1970s and 1980s and go to work for the famed railroad that was a key predecessor of today’s giant CSX Transportation. A pair of Chessie System EMD GP35s are climbing the wintry east slope of Jack’s Mountain. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Created for the acclaimed Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route, the Chessie System Retro Pack will include three types of Electro-Motive diesels – the Electro-Motive GP9, GP35, and SW-series switcher. At Security, Maryland, a trio of veteran EMD GP9s are working an ex-B&O branch line. Note: Screenshots depict content in development.
All locomotive types in the upcoming pack will be provided in Chessie System’s dramatic and colorful livery. The EMD GP9 will also be included in a "patched” C&O/WM blue livery (Western Maryland received 25 ex-Chesapeake & Ohio Geeps in 1979). Against an angry autumn sky, ex-C&O GP9 5953 leads the way across Raven Rock Trestle.
At historic Gettysburg (Pennsylvania), GP35-powered Chessie System freights meet at Camp Siding on the CSX Hanover Subdivision route. Dressed in Chessie System’s dynamic yellow, vermillion, and blue livery, the GP35s will feature B&O, C&O, and WM sub-lettering.
The upcoming Chessie System Retro Pack will include Electro-Motive’s successful SW-series switcher in sister SW7, SW9, and SW1200 types. B&O SW9 9613 is working the Bittinger quarry complex on the west side of Hanover, Pennsylvania (above), while a sister, C&O SW7 5218, works the Hanover Yard (below). The SW-series diesels will offer customizable details.
Amid the sprawling Hagerstown (Maryland) Yard, B&O SW1200 9615 handles switching duties. The upcoming Chessie System Retro Pack will include nine realistic career scenarios featuring challenging switching, local, and main line freight duties.
The Chessie System Retro Pack will include Western Maryland’s steel C-13A cupola caboose in Chessie System, Western Maryland, and four special Chessie “safety” schemes (above). Eight types of era-authentic freight rolling stock, including multiple variations of hoppers, covered hoppers, and boxcars (below) will wear a variety of Chessie System, Western Maryland, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and generic liveries.
The Chessie System is busy as freights meet on the CSX Hanover Subdivision route at Porters, Pennsylvania. Get ready to take the throttle of the Chessie System’s magnificent and diverse motive power and enjoy classic railroading amid the farmlands and mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania – with the upcoming Train Simulator Chessie System Retro Pack!
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