TS18: Highball to 1869!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Smokebox will soon bring historic Union Pacific 4-4-0 N. 119 – and a captivating 1869 Cheyenne route – to Train Simulator!
One of the most realistic, unique – and captivating – railroading experiences ever to be enjoyed in a train simulation is coming soon to Train Simulator – with historic Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 and its accompanying Cheyenne 1869 route as created by Smokebox!
For Train Simulator steam enthusiasts, Smokebox and its maestro, Mike Rennie, need no introduction, having previously created the fabulous Union Pacific FEF-3 4-8-4, the iconic AT&N 2-8-0 Consolidation, and Central Pacific’s “Jupiter” of Golden Spike fame.
Together with the Central Pacific “Jupiter,” Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 was a locomotive “co-star” during the celebration of the driving of the transcontinental railroad’s Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. Smokebox, as it did with CP’s “Jupiter,” has developed Union Pacific No. 119 employing engineering drawings and has created the locomotive in exacting detail and with an extraordinary range of authentic operating features. And, you’ll soon be able to put the iconic Union Pacific 4-4-0 to work on a marvelous route representing the city of Cheyenne and its immediate surroundings (extending about 6 miles to the east and 20 miles to the west) as existed in 1869!
Union Pacific No. 119 is a classic 4-4-0 “American” type that was constructed by the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works (a predecessor of Alco) in the company’s Patterson (New Jersey) shops in November 1868. Rogers was a major locomotive builder in the 19th century and its other products included the famed Western & Atlantic “General” of Civil War “Great Locomotive Chase” fame. Union Pacific No.119, with 57-inch drivers and 16” x 24” cylinders, was one of a group of five sister locomotives acquired by UP. Following its legendary moment at Promontory, UP No. 119 went on to serve the Union Pacific (after being renumbered to 343 in 1885) until it was retired and scrapped in 1903. Like the Central Pacific’s “Jupiter,” however, Union Pacific No. 119 was reborn in the 1970s in the form of a full-sized replica operating at the U. S. National Park Service’s Golden Spike National Historic Site.
Smokebox is renowned for creating locomotives with absolute fidelity to detail and authentic operating characteristics, and Union Pacific No. 119 excels in both. The UP 4-4-0 will provide everything from the challenges of authentic wheel slip and managing the boiler and firebox conditions to the artistry of working with long and quilled toot whistles! Multiple settings for selecting difficulty and use of an auto fireman nonetheless will make the 4-4-0 accessible and enjoyable for users of all experience levels. The locomotive will be provided in two livery variations, including the prominently black and green livery believed by historians to be its original “as delivered” scheme, and the black and red colors that are applied to the replica at the Golden Spike National Park.
Joining Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 on the Cheyenne 1869 route will be a wonderful range of period-authentic rolling stock, including a Union Pacific boxcar, flat cars (empty and with multiple loads), emigrant passenger coach with clerestory roof, baggage car, and combined caboose and coach. The route will offer a captivating selection of 1860s buildings and trackside assets, ranging from a vintage engine house and turntable to working and fully animated ball signals! Five realistic career scenarios will accompany the locomotive and route.
Be sure to stay tuned here at Dovetail Live as we continue our coverage of the upcoming, and truly remarkable, Smokebox Union Pacific No. 119 and its accompanying Cheyenne 1869 route! – Gary Dolzall ■
Through the artistry of Smokebox, historic Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 – complete with an accompanying Cheyenne 1869 route – is coming soon to Train Simulator! Constructed by Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works in 1868, Union Pacific No. 119 was destined for ever-lasting fame when it stood pilot-to-pilot with Central Pacific No. 60, the “Jupiter,” during the transcontinental railroad’s Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall. Smokebox and Mike Rennie are renowned for creating Train Simulator locomotives with absolute fidelity to detail and authentic operating characteristics, and Union Pacific No. 119 will provide everything from the challenges of authentic wheel slip and managing the locomotive’s boiler and firebox conditions to the artistry of working with long and quilled toot whistles. Note: Screenshots depict content still in development. On the superb 1869 route that will accompany Union Pacific No. 119, the “American-type” 4-4-0 takes a spin on the Cheyenne engine house’s turntable (above), then hooks onto a westbound freight which passes the Cheyenne cattle pens as it departs (below). Union Pacific No. 119 was one of five sisters (UP road numbers 116-120) constructed for the railroad by Rogers in 1868. Union Pacific No. 116 is at Cheyenne and working the town’s freight depot. The upcoming DLC pack from Smokebox will include a selection of period-authentic rolling stock, including a Union Pacific boxcar, flat cars (empty and with multiple loads), emigrant passenger coach with clerestory roof, baggage car, and combined caboose and coach. Dusk has fallen on 19th century Cheyenne as Union Pacific No. 119, with oil headlamp aglow, eases alongside the diminutive Cheyenne depot (above), then, with the manually operated ball signal set to “Highball,” makes its departure (below). Among the many captivating features of the Cheyenne 1869 route are fully animated ball signals. The 1869 Cheyenne route accompanying Union Pacific No. 119 will include sections of the transcontinental main line east and west of Cheyenne, as well as a branch line to Camp Carlin, which was opened in 1867 by the U. S. Army. With old Cheyenne in the background and new recruits aboard the coaches, UP No. 119 leads a passenger extra toward Camp Carlin (above). On another day, the 4-4-0 is working freight at the Camp Carlin warehouses (below), where 500 men and 1,000 mules were assigned to duty. Dusted by snow amid the pioneer-era winter plains of Wyoming, UP No. 119 with passengers in tow has pulled away from the last water stop east of Cheyenne (above). On a more hospitable summer afternoon, the famed 4-4-0 is lugging freight westbound from Cheyenne yard (below). Through the masterful work of Smokebox, Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119, created in exacting detail and with extraordinary operating authenticity, is coming soon to Train Simulator!