Train Simulator

TS19: “DONE!”

Written by: Gary Dolzall.
May 10 marks the 150th Anniversary of completion of America’s transcontinental railroad – and Train Simulator brings the glorious railroad achievement to life!
With the single word “DONE!” delivered by telegraph from Promontory Summit to a young nation, America rejoiced on May 10, 1869 at the completion of its transcontinental railroad. Church bells rang, cannons boomed, whistles shrieked. U. S. General William T. Sherman wrote, “In common with millions of Americans, I sat and heard the mystic taps of the telegraph ....” As America now rejoices at the 150th Anniversary of the historic driving of the “Golden Spike, you can celebrate the anniversary by reliving the transcontinental railroad experience yourself with Train Simulator!
Masterfully developed by Smokebox, the Promontory Summit route for Train Simulator represents the historic stage over which America’s remarkable railroad drama occurred 150 years ago. The route features 68 Union Pacific and Central Pacific route miles extending from Corrine, Utah over Promontory Summit and along the north shore of the Great Salt Lake to Kelton, Utah. Set in 1869, the Promontory Summit route is a truly remarkable Train Simulator re-creation of 19th century frontier American railroading and its captivating “Old West” environment. Rugged, remote topography, tough grades, spindly trestles, and the rough-and-tumble “tent towns” that dotted the newly constructed transcontinental line all come to full and enthralling life in the Smokebox route as you visit historic locations with legendary names: Blue Creek (Dead Falls); the “Big Trestle;” Victory; Lake; Monument; Ten Mile; Kelton; and of course famed Promontory itself.
The Train Simulator Promontory Summit route includes segments of the transcontinental railroad as originally operated by Central Pacific and Union Pacific, and thus provides a perfect setting to put to work Smokebox’s extraordinary assemblage of period steam power – which includes Central Pacific 4-4-0 “Jupiter” and Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 of Golden Spike ceremony fame, as well as CPRR’s 4-6-0 “Buffalo” type (all available separately). And now, Smokebox has further enhanced the operating diversity and experiences you can enjoy with two packs of additional and authentic Union Pacific and Central Pacific freight equipment including flatcar, gondola, box, combination, and cattle cars in a variety of configurations!
America’s great transcontinental railroad was born of the dreams of visionary men such as Theodore Judah, Grenville Dodge, and Abraham Lincoln; and built by the relentless toil of thousands of American, Chinese, and Irish workers. All the remarkable spirit, glory, and challenges of America’s 1869 transcontinental railroad comes to life in Train Simulator with the 68-mile Promontory Summit route from Smokebox, and surely there can be no better way to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the driving of the “Golden Spike” that to relive the experience of the transcontinental railroad yourself!
The Promontory Summit route, Smokebox’s extraordinary selection of 1860s UP and CPRR steam locomotives, and its new rolling stock packs are all available now at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
As America rejoices at the 150th Anniversary of the historic driving of the “Golden Spike, you can celebrate the anniversary by reliving the transcontinental railroad experience yourself with Train Simulator! The 68-mile Promontory Summit route includes segments of the transcontinental railroad as originally operated by Central Pacific and Union Pacific, and thus provides a perfect setting to put to work Smokebox’s extraordinary period steam power. At legendary Promontory Summit, Central Pacific 4-4-0 and 4-6-0 locomotives gather (above), while double-headed Union Pacific 4-4-0s arrive with westbound freight (below). Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
At the east end of the 68-mile Promontory Summit route is Corrine, Utah, located alongside the Bear River. On a wintry day, UP 4-4-0 No. 116 switches freight alongside the Union Pacific Corrine depot, while historic UP No. 119 awaits assignment.
The transcontinental railroad’s east slope path over the Promontory Mountains was steep, rugged, and unforgiving. The ultimate landmark of the Promontory Summit crossing was the Union Pacific’s “big trestle,” standing 400-feet long and 85-feet tall.
With the Great Salt Lake in the distance, Central Pacific No. 60, the “Jupiter,” chugs into the village of Monument (above), which was typical of the “tent towns” that dotted the transcontinental railroad during its construction. Two miles further west on a snowy eve, Central Pacific’s “Storm” calls at CP’s section station at Ten Mile, Utah (below).
As viewed by the engineer, Central Pacific’s “Leviathan” makes a nocturnal call at Kelton, Utah (above), while nearby, CPRR 4-6-0 No. 82 rides the turntable (below). Kelton, which was a section station and home to yard facilities for the Central Pacific, serves as the west end of the Train Simulator Promontory Summit route.
Smokebox has further enhanced the transcontinental railroad experiences you can enjoy with two packs of additional and authentic Union Pacific and Central Pacific freight equipment. Smokebox’s 1800s Rolling Stock Pack 01 includes a CPRR flatcar and UP and CPRR gondolas (above), while 1800s Rolling Stock Pack 02 includes a variety of CPRR and UP box, combination, and cattle cars (below).
Historic Union Pacific No. 119 drops down the Promontory Mountains with an eastbound passenger train. All the remarkable spirit and challenges of America’s 1869 transcontinental railroad comes to life in Train Simulator with the 68-mile Promontory Summit route and extraordinary steam locomotives from Smokebox – and surely there can be no better way to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the driving of the “Golden Spike” that to relive the experience of the transcontinental railroad yourself!
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TS19: “DONE!”
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