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TS18: History on the Rails!

Written by: Gary Dolzall.

Now available for Train Simulator – historic Union Pacific No. 119 and the experiences of 1869 railroading!

The video above will guide you through, step-by-step, how to drive the Union Pacific No. 119 steam locomotive.

American railroad history – and the unique, captivating experiences of 19th century railroading – now await you with historic Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 and its accompanying Train Simulator 1869 Cheyenne route as created by Smokebox!

Smokebox and Mike Rennie have once again created the extraordinary. Just as with Smokebox’s fabulous Union Pacific FEF-3 4-8-4, iconic AT&N 2-8-0 Consolidation, and Central Pacific “Jupiter” of Golden Spike fame, Union Pacific No. 119 is re-created with a superb fidelity to every detail and operating characteristics that are amazingly authentic.

It was Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119, together with Central Pacific’s famed “Jupiter,” that on May 10, 1869 stood pilot-to-pilot at Promontory, Utah for the ceremonial driving of the transcontinental railroad’s Golden Spike. Union Pacific No. 119 was a 4-4-0 “American” type built by the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works in the company’s Patterson (New Jersey) shops in November 1868. With 57-inch drivers and 16” x 24” cylinders, UP No. 119 was one of a group of five sister 4-4-0s acquired by UP at the time. Following its historic moment at Promontory, UP No. 119 went on to serve the railroad (after being renumbered to 343 in 1885) until it was retired and scrapped in 1903. Like the “Jupiter,” however, Union Pacific No. 119 was reborn in the 1970s as a full-sized replica operating at the U. S. National Park Service’s Golden Spike National Historic Site.

Smokebox, as it did with Central Pacific’s “Jupiter,” developed Union Pacific No. 119 employing detailed engineering drawings and has created the locomotive in exacting detail and with an unrivaled range of realistic operating features. The UP 4-4-0 provides 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 make the 4-4-0 accessible and enjoyable for users of all experience levels. The locomotive is 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.

To bring historic Union Pacific No. 119 – and fascinating and challenging 19th century railroading – to full life, the famed 4-4-0 is accompanied in this new pack by a marvelous Train Simulator 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!

Joining Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 on the Cheyenne 1869 route is a superb 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. The route also offers a captivating selection of 1860s structures and trackside assets, ranging from vintage engine servicing facilities to old west buildings and working, fully animated ball signals! Five realistic career scenarios accompany the locomotive and route.

One of the most realistic, unique – and captivating – railroading experiences ever to be enjoyed in a train simulation has come to Train Simulator – with Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 and its accompanying Cheyenne 1869 route, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall

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Historic Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 – complete with an accompanying Cheyenne 1869 route – is now available for Train Simulator through the artistry of Smokebox and Mike Rennie! With a passenger train in tow, UP No. 119 makes its way into Cheyenne (above), then pulls up to the Cheyenne depot (below). Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

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Built by Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works, Union Pacific No. 119 was one of five sisters (UP road numbers 116-120) constructed in 1868, and the 119 was destined for 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. The Smokebox UP 4-4-0 is 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 (as seen in this “rods down” portrait at Cheyenne Yard) applied to the modern replica at the Golden Spike National Park.

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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 is a masterpiece on both counts. Climbing into the cab of UP No. 119 will deliver a true-to-life 1860s railroading experience!

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On the Cheyenne 1869 Train Simulator route that accompanies Union Pacific No. 119, Rogers-built 4-4-0 sisters 119 and 116 prepare for their next call (above), and after a ride on the turntable, No. 116 is standing at the Cheyenne water and coaling stations (below).

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Union Pacific No. 119 is leading a string of boxcars westward from Cheyenne and crosses a spindly wooden trestle. The Union Pacific No. 119 pack from Smokebox includes a superb 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.

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The remarkable Train Simulator 1869 Cheyenne route accompanying Union Pacific No. 119 includes sections of the transcontinental main line east and west of Cheyenne, as well as a branch line to the U. S. Army’s Camp Carlin. Union Pacific No. 119 is working amid the camp’s sprawling warehouses (above), and on a summer eve has its oil headlamp burning as it prepares to return to Cheyenne (below).

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One can almost feel the bitter cold as Union Pacific No. 119 makes its way across the remote and wintry Wyoming plains of the pioneer era (above), but no doubt the engineer and fireman are relatively comfortable in the snug, firebox-warmed cab of the 4-4-0 as it eases out of a siding (below).

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Night is falling at Cheyenne as historic Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 chugs into town. American railroad history – and the captivating experiences of 19th century railroading –await you with Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 and its accompanying Train Simulator 1869 Cheyenne route, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!

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