TS19: Pennsy Double Bonanza!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Coming from DTM: The Pennsylvania Railroad’s Baldwin “Passenger Sharks” – and renowned Broadway Limited!
The Pennsylvania Railroad was legendary – for its system size, its captivating locations, its magnificent trains, and its diverse motive power. And soon, two absolute Pennsy classics – PRR’s unique Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 “passenger sharks” and the railroad’s renowned flagship, the Broadway Limited – are coming to Train Simulator!
DTM (Digital Train Model) will soon be delivering a veritable Pennsy fan’s bonanza by including both the distinctive Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 (in no less than four livery variations) and the complete postwar streamlined Broadway Limited in one pack!
Let’s take a closer look at this extraordinary upcoming pack:
Pennsylvania Baldwin DR-6-4-2000
In the diesel era, the Pennsylvania was the number-one customer of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, which was no surprise given that Baldwin had built countless steam and electric locomotives for the PRR over the decades – and the Pennsy’s “Northeast Corridor” main line literally transected Baldwin’s fabled Eddystone (Pa.) complex.
Among the 643 diesels the PRR purchased from Baldwin were 27 DR-6-4-2000 diesel passenger locomotives. The DR-6-4-2000 was BLW’s attempt to compete in a passenger-locomotive market then dominated by the EMD E7 and the DR-6-4-2000 model had journeyed through several design variations since the mid-1940s with few resulting sales. But as it often did for Baldwin sales, PRR came to the rescue with its order for 27 Eddystone-built passenger units (18 cabs and 9 boosters) – and also provided the DR-6-4-2000 a new and memorable appearance by specifying the units wear the Raymond Lowey-designed “Sharknose,” a styling which was inspired by PRR’s Baldwin-built 4-4-4-4 T1 steam locomotives.
Pennsy’s DR-6-4-2000 passenger sharks began entering service in the summer of 1948, initially based out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the stylish diesels were used system-wide on PRR’s expansive fleet of passenger trains. Originally dressed in PRR’s classic “five-stripe” Brunswick green passenger livery, over the years the DR-6-4-2000s would wear multiple liveries and the upcoming DTM pack with include the lanky Sharknose in four accurate variants, with “five-stripe” and “single-stripe” versions in both Brunswick green and Tuscan red.
In their later years, the Pennsy’s fleet of DR-6-4-2000s migrated to the New York & Long Branch (now NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line) where they were employed in commuter service and eight of the units were even re-geared for freight service working out of Crestline, Ohio. The PRR retired its last DR-6-4-2000 in 1965.
The Broadway Limited
Among any “short list” of America’s most famous passenger trains, the Pennsylvania’s Broadway Limited is most assuredly included. On the highly competitive and lucrative New York – Chicago route, it was the PRR’s Broadway Limited and New York Central’s 20th Century Limited that dueled for supremacy. The Pennsy had re-equipped its flagship with streamlined equipment in 1938 (as did NYC with the 20th Century), but in the fervor of post-WWII passenger competition, NYC (in 1948) and PRR (in 1949) again upped the game with new equipment. Constructed primarily by Pullman-Standard and Budd, the Broadway’s equipment included a variety of sleeper, lounge, and dining equipment, most famous of which were its flat-ended “View” series bedroom-lounge-observation cars and perhaps most notable of which were its two-unit, diner and kitchen-dorm cars.
Along with the Baldwin DR-6-4-2000, DTM is bringing the complete postwar Broadway Limited to Train Simulator with a selection of nine authentic car types, including PRR’s distinctive BM70 baggage and mail car; 10-6, 4-4-2, 12-4, and 21-roomette sleepers; a combination sleeper-lounge car; the twin-unit diner and kitchen cars; and famed bedroom-lounge-observation car!
DTM’s Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 “passenger sharks” and the Broadway Limited will be featured in career scenarios on the Train Simulator Horseshoe Curve route – and this upcoming pack is an extraordinary Train Simulator Pennsy bonanza, so stay tuned here at Dovetail Live for more information! - Gary Dolzall
Soon, two Pennsylvania Railroad classics – PRR’s unique Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 “passenger sharks” and the railroad’s renowned flagship, the Broadway Limited – are coming to Train Simulator through the craftsmanship of DTM! In this upcoming pack, Pennsy’s Baldwin DR-6-4-2000s are provided in four accurate liveries (above), and the Broadway Limited is re-created with nine types of PRR passenger cars, including its legendary “View” series bedroom-lounge-observation cars (below). Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Constructed for the Pennsylvania in 1948 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, the stylish DR-6-4-2000 was a 2,000-horsepower, dual-engine, A1A-A1A passenger locomotive. Over the years, the PRR dressed its passenger sharks in four liveries featured in the upcoming DLC pack, including Brunswick green five- and single-stripe versions (above), and Tuscan red five-and single-stripe versions (below). The Tuscan-dressed units also sport the large auxiliary number boards PRR applied to a number of its locomotives. Note: Screenshots depict content in development.
Surely few, in any, single scenes could be more evocative of the great Pennsylvania Railroad than the flagship Broadway Limited making its way around Horseshoe Curve! Streamlined in 1938 and equipped with further modern equipment in 1949, Pennsy’s Broadway Limited dueled for supremacy on the highly competitive York – Chicago route with New York Central’s fabulous 20th Century Limited.
Baldwin constructed 27 DR-6-4-2000s (18 cabs and 9 boosters) for the Pennsylvania, which specified the units wear the Raymond Lowey-designed “Sharknose,” a styling which was inspired by PRR’s Baldwin-built 4-4-4-4 T1 steam locomotives. An A-B-A set of the “sharks” are ready to depart Johnstown (Pa.) on the Train Simulator Horseshoe Curve route (above), while on a summer night, two sets of the unique DR-6-4-2000s await the call to duty at Altoona (below).
In developing the classic postwar PRR Broadway Limited for Train Simulator, DTM has created no less than nine authentic Pennsy car types employed on the flagship train, including the railroad’s distinctive baggage-mail BM70-class cars (above) and uncommon Creek-series 12-4 sleeper (below).
On a train where notable equipment was the norm, perhaps most noted were the Broadway Limited’s twin-unit diner and kitchen-dorm cars (above) and flat-end “View” series bedroom-lounge observations (below). The diner could seat 68 guests at a time. The Broadway’s all-first-class consist quite typically stretched from 15 to 18 cars.
With a trio of Baldwin DR-6-4-2000s on the point, the Broadway Limited makes it way down the west slope of the Alleghenies. DTM’s Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 and Broadway Limited will be featured in career scenarios on the Train Simulator Horseshoe Curve route – and this upcoming DLC pack will be an extraordinary Train Simulator Pennsy bonanza!
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TS19: Pennsy Double Bonanza!