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TS18: Experience the Amtrak E!

Written by: Gary Dolzall.

With the new Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01, you’ll highball classic American passenger trains!

Take the throttle of Amtrak’s stylish and historic Electro-Motive E8 and highball famed American passenger trains in the new Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01 from High Iron Simulations!

Throughout a generation of American railroading, the Electro-Motive E-unit was “the” motive power for America’s passenger trains. Between 1937 and 1963, Electro-Motive produced more than 1,300 of the stylish diesels. In 1949, EMD introduced the E8 and during a production run that lasted until 1954, nearly 500 E8s were built. In 1971, Amtrak assumed the majority of U. S. intercity passenger services and the passenger railroad acquired nearly 200 of the veteran EMD E-units as its primary motive power. Amtrak’s last E-units were not retired until the early 1980s.

Now available, Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01 features ten challenging career scenarios based on authentic Amtrak operations during the 1970s and will take you on an American railroad journey to Florida, Wyoming, and California. You’ll serve as an Amtrak engineer on three popular Train Simulator routes: The Donner Pass Southern Pacific route; Sherman Hill route; and Miami - West Palm Beach route. And you’ll handle a trio of famous and notable Amtrak trains: The San Francisco Zephyr; the Floridian; and the Silver Star!

Amtrak’s San Francisco Zephyr

Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01 puts you in the cab of elegant Electro-Motive E8s to operate the San Francisco Zephyr (Amtrak’s predecessor of the California Zephyr) in six realistic career scenarios that lead you across famed Sherman Hill and over rugged and magnificent Donner Pass. In addition to main line and mountain running over the busy Union Pacific and Southern Pacific transcontinental routes in Wyoming and across California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, you’ll even put the veteran Amtrak E8s to authentic switching work as the westbound San Francisco Zephyr makes its famed “end swap” upon arriving at Cheyenne from Denver.   ### Amtrak Florida Streamliners

In four career scenarios on the Train Simulator’s Miami – West Palm Beach route, you’ll work two classic Amtrak streamliners of the 1970s – the Silver Star and the Floridian. Amtrak’s Floridian operated between Chicago and Florida (with sections serving Tampa and Miami), and you’ll climb aboard veteran Amtrak E8s as the Miami section of the Floridian and the famed New York – Miami Silver Star hustle over the fast and famous Seaboard Coast Line route through South Florida.

With its ten career scenarios, Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01 authentically re-creates the formative and fascinating years of Amtrak during the 1970s, when Electro-Motive E-units powered trains of classic “streamliner era” equipment.

Note: The pack’s scenarios require the Amtrak E8 Loco Add-On. Individual scenarios require the Donner Pass Southern Pacific route; the Sherman Hill route; or the Miami - West Palm Beach route (loco pack and routes available separately). The Amtrak E8 Loco Add-On also includes required Amtrak passenger equipment and the Seaboard Coast Line General Electric U36B.

Climb aboard Amtrak’s elegant EMD E8 for a variety of realistic and challenging American passenger railroading experiences – with the new Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01 now available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores! – Gary Dolzall

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Now available, Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01 features 10 authentic career scenarios based on Amtrak 1970s operations that put you at the throttle for classic American passenger railroading in Florida, Wyoming, and California! Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

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The San Francisco Zephyr (Amtrak’s predecessor of the California Zephyr) is featured in six realistic career scenarios that take you across famed Sherman Hill and over magnificent Donner Pass. Track arrangements at Denver and Cheyenne required the San Francisco Zephyr’s power to swap ends with the consist being pulled backwards into Cheyenne. In the scenario “Cheyenne Shuffle,” the San Francisco Zephyr approaches Cheyenne and passes a Union Pacific freight (above), then begins its “end swap” at Cheyenne station (below).

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In the two-part scenario “West from Cheyenne,” Train 5 – the westbound San Francisco Zephyr – journeys across the Laramie Subdivision and famed Sherman Hill, passing the summit of the transcontinental railroad (above) and overtaking a Union Pacific freight at busy Dale (below).

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Dramatic railroading amid magnificent scenery is the rule on Southern Pacific’s fabled Donner Pass crossing of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Departing Reno, Nevada at dawn on a wintry morning (above) in the scenario “Truckee Bound,” the westbound San Francisco Zephyr is powered by a classic A-B-A lash-up of E8s in Amtrak’s Phase II livery. On a spring eve in the career scenario “Donner Spring,” Amtrak Train 6 – the eastbound San Francisco Zephyr – is dropping down the east slope of Donner Pass below Andover, California (below).

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Wearing Amtrak’s distinctive “Phase I” livery, Amtrak E8 250 is easing down the rainy west slope of Donner Pass bound for Roseville, California in the career scenario “Down Donner Track 1” as it encounters the helpers of an eastbound Southern Pacific freight.

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The new Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01 features railroading across America, from California to Florida! In the two-part scenario “Floridian Northbound,” you are the engineer of the Miami section of Amtrak’s Floridian, crossing the New River (above) and hustling past a Seaboard Coast Line stone local (below) on the Train Simulator Miami-West Palm Beach route.

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In the career scenario “Nocturnal Amtrak Arrival,” you will cover the last lap of the Floridian’s Chicago – Miami run, bringing the train into Miami station on a pleasant Florida night.

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The beautiful Miami-New York Silver Star is your charge in the scenario “Silver Icon” on the Miami – West Palm Beach route. Based on actual Amtrak operations of the 1970s, Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01 puts you at the throttle of Amtrak’s stylish and historic Electro-Motive E8 to highball famed American passenger trains across three popular Train Simulator routes. Amtrak E8 Scenario Pack 01 is now available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores!

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