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TS18: Geeps Galore!

Written by: Gary Dolzall.

The Electro-Motive GP40-2 is now ready for Train Simulator service in five liveries!

The highly successful Electro-Motive was all about remarkable numbers … 1,143 units constructed over a production period of 14 years, 27 original purchasers, and more than four decades of reliable service to North America’s railroads. And so, it is fitting, as the EMD GP40-2 now arrives for Train Simulator service, that the Geep is available in five classic railroad liveries!

The Train Simulator GP40-2 Loco Pack, available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores, features the noted EMD locomotive in the distinctive liveries of Denver & Rio Grande Western; Western Pacific; Union Pacific; Norfolk Southern; and CSX (YN3 scheme).

Produced from 1972 through 1986, the four-axle (B-B), 3,000-horsepower GP40-2 road-switcher was the direct sire of another highly successful (and similar) locomotive, the EMD GP40. Electro-Motive’s GP40 had debuted with the arrival of the builder’s 645-series diesel powerplant in 1966, and through the end of 1971, more than 1,200 GP40s had been built for 31 railroads. The GP40-2, like the entire Electro-Motive “Dash -2” line of 1972, was an evolutionary extension of EMD’s “40” line. “Dash 2” features included improved traction motors and alternators; strengthened components in the 645-power plant, and solid-state modular components in the electrical and control systems. All of which translated to enhanced reliability and operating efficiency for the GP40-2 as compared to its highly-regarded predecessor.

Today, more than four decades after its introduction, the GP40-2 can still be found working in numbers for the likes of CSX, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and a variety of U. S. regional railroads – and that speaks volumes for the capabilities, versatility, and efficiency of the remarkable second-generation diesel locomotive.

Rio Grande and Western Pacific were original customers for the GP40-2. D&RGW acquired its first dozen GP40-2s in April 1972 and went on to acquire a roster of 37 of the diesels through 1983. Western Pacific purchased a fleet of 15 GP40-2s in 1979-80, and both western roads put the four-axle (B-B) diesels to work in a variety of duties, including priority services.

Union Pacific was not an original buyer of the GP40-2, but through mergers (including with the D&RGW and Western Pacific, as well as the Southern Pacific/Cotton Belt), the UP acquired an expansive collection of the EMD diesels.

Like the Union Pacific, eastern rail giants Norfolk Southern and CSX were not original purchasers of the GP40-2 but have since built large fleets. Norfolk Southern acquired 71 GP40-2s with its portion of Conrail in 1999. And among the original buyers of the GP40-2 were no less than 11 railroads that would eventually become (in whole or in part) members of today’s giant CSX system. The pre-CSX railroads that purchased the GP40-2 included the four largest CSX predecessors: Chesapeake & Ohio; Baltimore & Ohio, Seaboard Coast Line; and Louisville & Nashville. It included notable mid-sized roads such as Western Maryland and Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac. And it included inheriting a portion of Conrail’s GP40-2 fleet when CSX and NS acquired and divided that railroad in 1999. All told, CSX predecessor railroads accounted for more than 450 GP40-2s.

Train Simulator’s new GP40-2 features railroad-specific details (such as headlight placements) and advanced features (including “running” and “cold and dark” versions). The GP40-2 Loco Pack also includes a fine selection of appropriate freight rolling stock, including an all-new D&RGW three-bay hopper used for Dolomite service; UP steel coil car; CSX 50-foot box car; stone/ballast hopper; 3-bay covered hopper; and 86-foot auto-parts boxcar.

The Train Simulator GP40-2 Loco Pack provides a trio of career scenarios for the Salt Lake City Extension of the Soldier Summit route (available separately) which are based upon actual D&RGW operations – and with its five liveries, the landmark EMD diesel will be perfect to put to work on a wide variety of Train Simulator U. S. routes from coast-to-coast! – Gary Dolzall

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The Electro-Motive GP40-2, one of America’s most successful and long-serving diesel locomotives, is now available for Train Simulator! The new GP40-2 Loco Pack features the EMD road-switcher in the distinctive liveries of eastern giants CSX and Norfolk Southern (above), plus famed western railroads Rio Grande, Union Pacific, and Western Pacific (below). Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

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Rio Grande was an early customer for the EMD GP40-2. D&RGW acquired its first GP40-2s in April 1972 and went on to acquire a roster of 37 of the versatile diesels. Low clouds are hanging over the distant Wasatch Range as a trio of D&RGW GP40-2s head west from Provo, Utah with a train of priority auto parts.

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Train Simulator’s GP40-2 Loco Pack includes three career scenarios for the Salt Lake City Extension of the Soldier Summit route (available separately). Hauling priority Train 179, D&RGW GP40-2 3100 leads the way west through the Jordon Narrows (above) and later arrives at Salt Lake City’s busy Roper Yard (below).

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The GP40-2 in its five liveries is perfect for authentic use on a wide variety of Train Simulator U. S. routes. On the Norfolk Southern Coal District route, a pair of NS GP40-2s are unloading coal at the Alicia, Pennsylvania coal terminal (above). In sunny South Florida, a duo of CSX Geeps is rolling empty stone hoppers south on the Miami – West Palm Beach route (below).

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In New Jersey, Norfolk Southern and CSX cooperate in serving Conrail Shared Assets trackage, and such is the case as a GP40-2 from each of the eastern rail giants team up to work a local on the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line.

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On Train Simulator’s Sherman Hill route, a quartet of Union Pacific Electro-Motive GP40-2s emerge from Hermosa Tunnel (above) with westbound tonnage and, in an engineer’s eye view from aboard the cab of the lead GP40-2, meet an eastbound intermodal train (below).

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Western Pacific purchased 15 GP40-2s in 1979-80 and a trio of the flashy orange and green EMDs have the WP’s “Ford Fast” auto parts train in tow on a wintry day at Keddie, California along the Train Simulator Feather River Canyon route.

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The Train Simulator GP40-2 Loco Pack includes a selection of freight rolling stock, including an all-new D&RGW three-bay hopper used for Dolomite service; UP steel coil car; CSX 50-foot box car; stone/ballast hopper; 3-bay covered hopper; and 86-foot auto-parts boxcar.

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The landmark Electro-Motive GP40-2 is now ready for Train Simulator duty in five classic railroad liveries! The GP40-2 Loco Pack, available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores, features the veteran EMD road-switcher in the distinctive liveries of Denver & Rio Grande Western, Western Pacific; Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, and CSX.

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