Written by Gary Dolzall
Southern Pacific’s big and burly General Electric U33C and sister U30C “U-Boats” for Train Simulator are available now!
It’s time to climb aboard and take the throttle of classic 1960s and 1970s-era General Electric high-horsepower “U-Boat” diesels – with the now available Southern Pacific U33C/U30C DLC created by accomplished developer DTM for Train Simulator!
General Electric established itself as an independent builder of mainline diesel locomotives in 1959 with its 2,500-horsepower U25B, and throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, GE produced an ever-expanding line of “Universal”-series diesels, which came to be widely nicknamed as “U-Boats.”
From the earliest days of GE’s entry into the main line diesel marketplace, western rail giant Southern Pacific was willing to sign on and sample the potent locomotives rolling out of GE’s Erie (Pennsylvania) plant. Southern Pacific purchased 68 GE U25Bs (second in number only to New York Central’s 70 units), sampled limited numbers of GE’s U28B and U28C, and even acquired a trio of the 5,000-horsepower GE U50s that had been designed for Union Pacific.
In 1966, General Electric’s debuted what was destined to be its best-selling U-Boat, the 3,000-horsepower, six-axle (C-C) U30C. As with the vast majority of U-Boats, the heart of the U30C was GE’s 16-cylinder, four-stroke FDL-series diesel power plant.
Over a decade-long production run, the GE U30C tallied 600 units built and was purchased by 21 railroads. Burlington Northern was the largest buyer of the U30C (180 units) with Union Pacific (150 units) close behind. Both of the western giants would deploy the GE diesels largely to tote the ever-increasing tonnage of coal originating in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Southern Pacific more modestly signed on for the U30C, acquiring 37 units.
Beginning in 1968, GE introduced a sister model to the U30C – the 3,300-horsepower U33C. GE’s 3,300-horsepower U-Boat would remain in production through 1975 and gained a dozen customers which ordered a total of 375 locomotives. Stretching more than 67 feet in length and weighing upwards of 400,000 pounds, the U33C was a husky hauler. Satisfied with its U30Cs, Southern Pacific went big for the U33C, acquiring a roster of 212 units, which was by far the biggest assemblage of the 3,300-horsepower U-Boats. Dressed in SP’s familiar scarlet and gray livery, the burly GEs could be found throughout much of SP’s sprawling route system and the veteran diesels remained in service on the Southern Pacific into the late 1980s. Union Pacific, likewise operated its U30C into the late 1980s, with the last units retired in 1989.
With exceptional attention to accuracy and detail, noted developer DTM now brings both the U30C and U33C to Train Simulator in this new pack. Dressed in Southern Pacific’s gray and scarlet livery, the U33C is featured in multiple variations, including standard and L-windshield treatments and two types of engineer control stands.
The U30C is provided, as is the U33C, in Southern Pacific’s colors and also is included in Union Pacific’s timeliness yellow, gray, and red livery. A generic gray U33C is also included that’s perfect for enthusiasts wishing to paint other railroad liveries.
Along with the classic GE U-Boat diesels, this new DLC features a superb assortment of era-appropriate tank cars including DOT Type 111, 111A, and 112 cars in multiple liveries, a unique 89-foot-long four-trucked tank car behemoth, and SP’s distinctive Tank Train consist. And the pack also provides a Southern Pacific steel cupola caboose in three liveries. Combined with four career scenarios on the popular Train Simulator Donner Pass Southern Pacific route (route available separately), the General Electric U33C, U30C, and accompanying rolling stock makes for realistic and challenging heavy American freight railroading.
Together, the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific put to work nearly 400 General Electric U30C and U33C behemoths – and you can re-create those days of classic high-horsepower railroading, with the Southern Pacific U33C/U30C DLC, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
Classic 1960s and 1970s-era General Electric high-horsepower “U-Boat” diesels have come to Train Simulator with the Southern Pacific U33C/U30C DLC from accomplished developer DTM! This new pack includes Southern Pacific U33Cs in multiple configurations and GE U30Cs in Southern Pacific and Union Pacific liveries. All screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Southern Pacific was the most prolific buyer of General Electric’s 3,300-horsepower, six-axle U33C, assembling a roster of 212 of the burly U-Boats. With exceptional attention to detail, developer DTM re-creates the U33C in Southern Pacific’s handsome gray and scarlet livery. The SP U33C is provided in multiple variations, including standard and L-shaped windshield treatments and with two types of engineer control stands. The distinctive L-windshield of U33C 8633 (above) provides a clear view ahead from the engineer’s position (below). Note: Screenshots depict content while in development.
Exerting a combined 9,900-horsepower, a trio of Southern Pacific GE U33Cs are climbing the west slope of famed Donner Pass. Stretching more than 67 feet in length and weighing upwards of 400,000 pounds, the U33C was a husky hauler and it served SP into the late 1980s.
Along with the GE U33C, this new pack from developer DTM includes the 3,000-horsepower U30C. On the east slope of Train Simulator’s Donner Pass route, Southern Pacific U30C 7906 is on the point of a heavy tank train (above and below). Southern Pacific rostered 37 U30Cs.
Joining the Southern Pacific GE U33C and U30C in DTM’s new release is the Union Pacific U30C in the road’s timeless yellow, gray, and red colors. Union Pacific was a major buyer of the U30C with a roster of 150 units, the last of which was not retired until 1989.
The Southern Pacific U33C/U30C pack includes a remarkable selection of era-appropriate tanks cars including DOT Type 111, 111A, and 112 cars in multiple liveries and a unique 89-foot-long four-trucked tank car behemoth (above), plus SP’s distinctive Tank Train consist with interconnected flexible piping between the tank cars (below).
Southern Pacific steel cupola cabooses in three liveries are provided in the new U33C/U30C DLC pack, which also features four career scenarios on the Donner Pass Southern Pacific route (route available separately).
Together, the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific put to work nearly 400 General Electric U30C and U33C behemoths – and you can re-create those memorable days of classic high-horsepower railroading, with the Southern Pacific U33C/U30C DLC, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!