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TS18: Commuters and Freight!

Written by: Gray Dolzall.

Two new scenario mini-packs bring commuter and freight operations to the Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route!

Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route is host to Caltrain commuter and Union Pacific freight operations – and now two new scenario “mini-packs” (five career scenarios in each pack) from High Iron Simulations deliver captivating and realistic action!

  • Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 01 features five challenging career scenarios that put you to work as a Caltrain engineer operating over the full length of the California commuter railroad’s 77-mile San Francisco – Gilroy line!

  • Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 01 puts you at the throttle of Union Pacific’s veteran EMD GP38-2s to handle freight assignments ranging from main line operations to pier and port switching duty to a trip over UP’s Hollister Branch!

These new scenario mini-packs are available separately or you can purchase both in a special, cost-saving bundle!

Let’s take a closer look at these new scenario mini-packs for Train Simulator:

Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 01 features five career Caltrain commuter scenarios that take you from the urban verve of San Francisco’s station at 4th and King Street down the Silicon Valley to San Jose and on through the open countryside to Gilroy.

In a three-part challenging scenario “Caltrain Train 268,” you’ll handle a “limited stops” Caltrain southbound run over the full 77 miles of Caltrain’s service area with an F40PH-2CAT as power. In the scenario “Caltrain Train 221,” you have an early dawn call at Gilroy for a run north operating from one of Caltrain’s distinctive Nippon Sharyo cab cars, and in the career scenario “Caltrain 194” you’ll be in charge of the last, late-evening run to Tamien station. Each of the scenarios in this mini-pack are based closely on actual Caltrain commuter operations!

In Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 02 you take on the varied and challenging duties of a Union Pacific freight engineer. In the scenario “Working the Piers,” you are the engineer of UP’s South San Francisco Switcher and have numerous set outs and picks ups at the bay area’s sprawling pier district. The scenario “Redwood City Port Job” also puts you at the engineer’s controls for challenging industrial switching, this time at the Port of Redwood City, as well some fascinating “street running.” Main line action on UP’s scenic Coast Line is featured in “Turn from Watsonville” as you handle a northbound freight bound for San Jose. Classic American branch line railroading comes alive as you handle tonnage on UP’s rural 14-mile branch line in “Local to Hollister,” and upon arrival, take care of switching tasks in the small California town in “Hollister Switching.”

Together, these two new scenario mini-packs from High Iron Simulations deliver diverse railroading experiences, from bustling Caltrain commuter operations to rugged Union Pacific freight action, and from urban San Francisco to the countryside of California’s “valley” country!

Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 01 and Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 02 are now available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores! – Gary Dolzall

Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 01

Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 02

Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack Twin Pack

Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Route

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Now available, Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 01 and Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 02 deliver diverse railroading experiences, from fast-paced Caltrain commuter operations to rugged Union Pacific freight action, and from urban San Francisco to the scenic countryside of California’s “valley” country! In the career scenario “Caltrain Train 268, Part 1,” F40PH-2CAT 900 leads the “limited stops” commuter train out of bustling San Francisco. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

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Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 01 features Caltrain commuter operations, and in a highly authentic three-part career scenario, you’ll take the throttle of Caltrain Train 268 for a run over the complete 77-mile service district of the modern California commuter carrier. With Caltrain F40PH-2CAT 900 in the lead, Train 268 makes it stop at Sunnyvale (above), then, at the end of its 77-mile run from San Francisco, eases to a station stop at Gilroy, California (below).

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In the scenario “Caltrain Train 221,” you have an early dawn call at Gilroy for a run north operating from one of Caltrain’s distinctive Nippon Sharyo cab cars (above), and in the career scenario “Caltrain 194,” you’ll handle the last, late-evening run to Tamien station (below). Each of the scenarios in this mini-pack are based closely on actual Caltrain commuter operations!

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Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 02 brings to life Union Pacific freight operations ranging from switching to main line duty. In the scenario “Working the Piers,” you are the engineer of UP’s South San Francisco Switcher and have numerous set outs and picks ups at the bay area’s sprawling pier district (above). The scenario “Redwood City Port Job” also puts you at the engineer’s controls for challenging industrial switching, this time at the Port of Redwood City, as well some fascinating “street running” (below).

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Main line action on Union Pacific’s scenic Coast Line is featured in “Turn from Watsonville,” as you handle a northbound freight bound for San Jose. At Carnadero Junction, the Watsonville Turn with UP GP38-2 553 on the point waits for a Hollister Branch local to clear.

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Classic American branch line railroading comes alive as you handle tonnage down the Union Pacific’s 14-mile rural branch line in “Local to Hollister,” (above) and, upon arrival, then take care of switching tasks in the small California town in “Hollister Switching” (below).

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Union Pacific freight and Caltrain commuter trains converge at San Jose’s Diridon station in a scene from the scenario “Turn from Watsonville. Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 01 and Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco - Gilroy Scenario Mini-Pack 02 from High Iron Simulations deliver captivating and realistic commuter and freight realistic action and are now available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores!

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