TS20: Highball to the Heartland!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Extraordinary railroading in America’s Heartland awaits you with the now-available Train Simulator Union Pacific Kansas City – Topeka route!
Legendary Union Pacific; tons of traffic (up to 60 trains a day); big and modern diesel motive power; fast freights running up to 70 mph; scenic granger countryside; the historic railroad centers of Kansas City and Topeka – all this and more is what makes the UP’s bustling Kansas City – Topeka line extraordinary. And now, with the new Granger Heartland: Kansas City -Topeka route it all comes to Train Simulator!
Anchored on the great railroad town of Kansas City, and by tradition a part of the First Subdivision of Union Pacific’s famous Kansas Division, the new TS2020 Granger Heartland: Kansas City-Topeka route extends approximately 67 miles from Union Pacific’s 18th Street and Armourdale yards in Kansas City (Kansas) to Topeka, junction point with three important Union Pacific lines that extend on westward. In addition to hosting expansive main line traffic, the route is home to multiple and diverse lineside customers including skyscraper-tall grain elevators, auto distribution facilities, quarries, and manufacturing companies. Lawrence, 40 miles west of Kansas City, is an important city along the route and other key traffic-generating locations along the line include Muncie, Bonner Springs, Loring, and East Topeka, Kansas.
The origins of the Union Pacific’s Kansas City-Topeka route date to the 1855 formation of the Leavenworth, Pawnee & Western Railroad, but the line’s important grew in manifold fashion in 1863 when it was designated the Union Pacific Eastern Division to serve as a southern branch of the then-envisioned transcontinental railroad. Tracklaying began that same year and reached Lawrence in 1866. Renamed the Kansas Pacific, the route stretched all the way to Denver, Colorado by 1870.
Today, the Kansas City – Topeka line is a part of the Union Pacific’s Heartland Operating Unit and it is one of the most important and busy segments of UP’s entire 32,000-mile system. For much of its distance between Kanas City and Topeka, the Union Pacific’s fast double-track line traces the north bank of the wide Kansas River, curling through rolling and scenic farmland. Freight train operating speeds on the main line are typically in the 60-to-70-mph range. As expected on such a critical and active route, Union Pacific’s Kansas City-Topeka line witnesses a variety of modern motive power and the new Train Simulator route includes Union Pacific’s 4,300-horsepower Electro-Motive SD70ACe and versatile GP40-2 diesels along with a wide selection of Union Pacific freight rolling stock. And the new route comes ready to enjoy, with seven career scenarios and two railfan scenarios as well as being quick-drive enabled.
It’s time to highball to the Heartland and experience extraordinary modern American freight railroading, with the TS2020 Granger Heartland: Kansas City – Topeka route, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
Now available for Train Simulator is the Granger Heartland: Kansas City – Topeka route, which brings to bustling life one of the United States’ busiest freight rail lines! Stretching 67 miles through America’s heartland between the famed Kansas railroad towns of Kansas City and Topeka, the route is a key freight artery for the 32-000-mile Union Pacific Railroad. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Few cities in America are richer in railroad heritage than Kansas City, which serves as the eastern terminus of the new TS2020 Kansas City – Topeka route. With the skyline of Kansas City, Missouri in the background, Union Pacific UP EMD SD70ACe diesels draw a grain consist across the Kansas River and into Armourdale (above). Railroading on the Kansas City-Topeka route is a 24/7 business, and in early dawn light a duo of UP EMD GP40-2s ease past the massive grain elevator that stands adjacent to UP’s 18th Street and Armourdale yards (below). Note: Screenshots depict content still in development.
Immediately west of Kansas City on the new TS2020 route is Muncie, Kansas, an area rich in line-side shippers, including manufacturing plants (above), an auto reload center, and sprawling aggregates facility (below), all of which will provide countless local and switching challenges and the perfect opportunity to put Union Pacific’s versatile and veteran EMD GP40-2s to work.
By tradition a part of the First Subdivision of Union Pacific’s historic Kansas Division, UP’s 67-mile Kansas City-Topeka line is today a key route amid UP’s 32-000-mile rail system. Union Pacific’s Kansas City-Topeka line is bustling with traffic, as typically some 60 trains a day hustle across the route, laden with tonnage including grain, coal, automobiles, aggregates, and manufactured products. At Bonner Springs, a duo of UP SD70ACe locomotives cross Wolf Creek as they forward a manifest west. The wide Kansas River flows in the background.
Union Pacific EMD SD70ACe 8553 and two sisters lead an eastbound grain train into Lawrence, Kansas. Located 40 miles west of Kansas City, the stylish town of Lawrence is home to both a distinctive and impressive Union Pacific stone depot (above) and one of the route’s gargantuan grain facilities (below).
Typical of virtually countless small towns located along rail lines throughout America’ granger heartland is Grantville, Kansas, where Union Pacific SD70ACe 8444 arrives at a mile-a-minute pace as it enters the small farming community (above) and passes the town’s grain facility (below). The new Train Simulator Granger Heartland: Kansas City – Topeka route includes Union Pacific’s 4,300-horsepower Electro-Motive SD70ACe and versatile GP40-2 diesels along with a wide selection of Union Pacific freight rolling stock
Symbolic of heartland railroading are the gigantic grain elevators of the region which are superbly re-created in the new Granger Heartland: Kansas City – Topeka route. At Topeka Yard, a trio of Union Pacific GP40-2s have a long string of covered hoppers in tow.
Totaling 12,900-horsepower, a trio of Union Pacific EMD SD70ACe diesels stride across the Muddy Creek bridge as they roll westward through the memorable countryside of rural Kansas. It’s time to highball to the heartland and experience extraordinary modern American freight railroading, with the TS2020 Granger Heartland: Kansas City – Topeka route, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!
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TS20: Highball to the Heartland!