TS20: Decades of Drama!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Coming in May, “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will deliver decades of American railroading drama and challenges!
Coming to Train Simulator this May, “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will deliver the remarkable drama and challenges of railroading across the decades, from the 1950s to present day!
To bring more than half-a-century of Union Pacific railroading to life, “The Battle of Sherman Hill” will include Train Simulator’s popular Sherman Hill route, five locomotive and equipment packs, and nine specially created and realistic career scenarios. Motive power included ranges from UP’s fabulous Big Boy and Challenger steam locomotives to the railroad’s unique “Big Blow” gas-electric-turbines to contemporary GE ES44ACs and EMD SD70ACe diesels!
Built by the Union Pacific as one of the crowning achievements of the 1860s American Transcontinental Railroad, named in honor of U. S. General William Tecumseh Sherman, and stretching between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, Sherman Hill – UP’s Laramie Subdivision --crosses the Laramie Mountains and crests America’s Continental Divide at an elevation of 8,015 feet. Long a host to some of the largest and most powerful locomotives in the world, Sherman Hill’s double-track main line (Tracks 1 and 2) features a demanding 1.5 percent westbound climb, while its Harriman Cutoff (Track 3), built in the early 1950s, provides a lower gradient route. Just as it was when constructed as part of the Transcontinental Railroad, Sherman Hill today is one of America’ busiest and most vital rail lines and is host to scores of Union Pacific intermodal, manifest, and unit trains each and every day.
To capture the verve and challenges of railroading across Sherman Hill, Dovetail Games enlisted High Iron Simulations to create nine all-new career scenarios that recall the steam, turbine, and diesel eras on the Union Pacific.
The experiences that await you with Train Simulator’s upcoming “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will extend from the late 1950s through modern times and will include:
- Taking the throttle of Union Pacific’s first 4-8-8-4 Big Boy, No. 4000, at Cheyenne for a climb of the daunting east slope of Sherman Hill with heavy freight tonnage.
- Calling upon elegant racehorse Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger No. 3985, a locomotive destined for future fame, to forward 1950s priority Pacific Fruit Express produce eastbound from Laramie.
- Climbing aboard Union Pacific’s titan 8,500-horsepower “Big Blow” turbine for a Cheyenne-to-Laramie freight run during the brief but captivating era when the turbines and UP steam power worked together on Sherman Hill.
- Tackling yard and line-side industrial switching at Cheyenne aboard one of Union Pacific’s distinctive SW10 “Hammerhead” remanufactured diesel switchers.
- Making your acquaintance with the “Triclops” – Union Pacific’s EMD SD60M diesels – as you tote eastbound freight tonnage across Sherman Hill amid wintry weather.
- Answering the call to serve as engineer of a maintenance-of-way (M-O-W) extra loading ballast at sprawling Granite quarry, then climbing Sherman Hill with a trio of EMD GP40s providing the power for the heavy ballast train.
- With a set of stylish Union Pacific EMD SD70Ms, forwarding a manifest freight westward via Sherman Hill’s low-gradient, single-track Harriman Cutoff (Track 3).
- Totting a ponderous unit grain train westbound across always bustling Sherman Hill with GE’s potent ES44AC diesels on the point and serving as DPU power.
- At the throttle of Union Pacific’s contemporary EMD SD70ACe diesels, making the careful descent of Sherman Hill’s 1.5 percent east slope grades with high priority piggyback and double-stack tonnage.
Get ready to experience the drama of Union Pacific heavy freight railroading across the decades and at its challenging and memorable best – with the upcoming “The Battle for Sherman Hill” for Train Simulator, due to arrive this May! – Gary Dolzall
Coming to Train Simulator this May, “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will deliver decades of railroading drama on Union Pacific’s legendary crossing of America’s Continental Divide! With “The Battle for Sherman Hill, you’ll tackle the challenges of moving heavy freight from the late 1950s through modern times. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Big Boy! With the upcoming Train Simulator “Battle for Sherman Hill,” you’ll take the throttle of the world’s largest steam locomotive – Union Pacific’s Alco-built 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy -- and challenge the unforgiving 1.5 percent grades of Sherman Hill’s eastern slope. Note: Screenshots depict content while in development.
In a career scenario recalling Sherman Hill in the late 1950s, Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 3985, destined for a long and famous career, pounds through Hermosa with a priority Pacific Fruit Express eastbound refrigerator train in tow.
Train Simulator’s “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will bring to life more than half-a-century of railroading across the Laramie Mountains, including a brief period in the late 1950s when Union Pacific super steam and gas-electric turbines served together. UP GTEL “Big Blow” No. 2 rolls through Dale as it makes a Cheyenne-to-Laramie run on the Train Simulator Sherman Hill route.
Yard switching and serving Cheyenne area industries will be your task when you climb aboard one of Union Pacific’s unique SW10 rebuilt “Hammerhead” switchers. At Cheyenne, UP SW10 1218 has a cut of loaded gondolas in tow.
Union Pacific’s EMD SD60Ms, nicknamed ‘Triclops” for their distinctive three-pane windshields, arrived on Sherman Hill in 1989 and on snowy Sherman Hill, east- and westbound manifests meet. “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will take you across the decades, across the seasons, and across the full length of the Train Simulator Sherman Hill route!
“The Battle of Sherman Hill” will include Train Simulator’s popular Sherman Hill route, five locomotive and equipment packs, and nine specially created and highly realistic career scenarios. You’ll climb aboard Union Pacific’s EMD GP40-2s to tote a heavy ballast train westward from the quarry at Granite, Wyoming, and with UP 5247 on the point, the ballast train meets an SD40-2 powered manifest at Dale.
As dusk approaches, Union Pacific SD70M 4884 is on the move, leading a manifest freight over the single track of the Harriman Cutoff (Track 3), the low-grade line which UP added to Sherman Hill in the 1950s and which is used today primarily by heavy westbound freights.
“The Battle for Sherman Hill” captures the challenges and verve of contemporary American heavy freight railroading. At Hermosa, Union Pacific GE ES44ACs are on the point of a westbound unit grain train (above). Rain is falling as a duo of UP EMD SD70ACe diesels swing eastbound onto Sherman Hill’s Borie Cutoff toting a mix of piggyback and stack intermodal equipment (below).
Union Pacific 8,500-horsepower GTEL “Big Blow” No. 2 has lifted its train up the east slope of Sherman Hill and passes the iconic sign which marks the crossing of the Continental Divide. Get ready to experience the drama of Union Pacific heavy freight railroading across the decades and at its challenging and memorable best – with the upcoming “The Battle for Sherman Hill” for Train Simulator, due to arrive this May!
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TS20: Decades of Drama!