TS19: Pennsy Legends!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Now Available from DTM: The Pennsylvania Railroad’s Baldwin “Passenger Sharks” and streamlined Broadway Limited!
The great Pennsylvania Railroad was, in short, bigger than life. PRR was famed for its sprawling route system, its luxurious passenger trains, and its extraordinary and diverse roster of steam, electric, and diesel locomotives. And now, two Pennsy legends – PRR’s unique Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 “passenger sharks” and the railroad’s renowned flagship, the Broadway Limited – are ready for Train Simulator service!
DTM (Digital Train Model), noted for its craftsmanship in creating authentic Train Simulator locomotives and rolling stock, delivers a true Pennsy bonanza by including both the distinctive Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 (in four authentic PRR livery variations) and the complete post-WWII streamlined Broadway Limited in one pack!
Pennsylvania Baldwin DR-6-4-2000
The Pennsylvania was the number-one customer of the Baldwin Locomotive Works during the first generation of the diesel era, and among the 643 diesels the PRR purchased from Baldwin were 27 DR-6-4-2000 diesel passenger locomotives. The 2,000-horsepower DR-6-4-2000 was BLW’s attempt to compete in the passenger-locomotive market dominated by the EMD E7, and like its EMD competitor the DR-6-4-2000 garnered its power from twin diesel power plants and rode atop an A1A-A1A wheel arrangement. The Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 model had journeyed through several design variations since the mid-1940s with few resulting sales until PRR ordered 27 units (18 cabs and 9 boosters) – and the Pennsy also provided the DR-6-4-2000 a new and memorable appearance by specifying the units wear the Raymond Lowey-designed “Sharknose” styling, which was inspired by PRR’s Baldwin-built T1 steam locomotives.
Pennsy’s DR-6-4-2000 passenger sharks were constructed at Eddystone (Pa.) and entered service in 1948. Initially based out of Harrisburg, Pa., the distinctive diesels were used system-wide on PRR’s expansive fleet of passenger trains. Originally dressed in Pennsy’s classic “five-stripe” Brunswick green passenger livery, over the years the DR-6-4-2000s would wear multiple liveries and the new DTM pack includes the Sharknose in four accurate variants, with “five-stripe” and “single-stripe” versions in both Brunswick green and Tuscan red. DTM’s DR-6-4-2000 features realistic cab and control features and the authentic sounds of Baldwin’s slow-churning diesel power plants.
In the latter years of their careers, the Pennsy DR-6-4-2000s largely migrated to the New York & Long Branch (now NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line) where they were employed in commuter service. Eight of the PRR passenger sharks were also re-geared for freight service, working general freight duties out of Crestline, Ohio. The PRR retired its last DR-6-4-2000 in 1965.
The Broadway Limited
For decades, the American rail traveler equated the Broadway Limited with luxury and service. On the competitive New York – Chicago route, it was 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 ante with new streamlined equipment for their flagships. Constructed primarily by Pullman-Standard and Budd, the Broadway’s postwar 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 brings 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; combination sleeper-lounge car; the twin-unit diner and kitchen cars; and famed “View” series bedroom-lounge-observation car!
DTM’s Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 passenger shark and Broadway Limited pack also includes career scenarios on the Train Simulator Horseshoe Curve route. Now’s the time to experience Pennsy legends – with the DTM Pennsylvania Railroad DR-6-4-2000 and Broadway Limited Pack, available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! - Gary Dolzall
Two Pennsylvania Railroad legends – PRR’s unique Baldwin DR-6-4-2000 “passenger sharks” and the railroad’s renowned flagship, the Broadway Limited – have now come to Train Simulator in one extraordinary pack from DTM! Behind an A-B-A set of Baldwin DR-6-4-2000s, the fabulous Broadway Limited climbs the east slope of the Alleghenies and passes MG Tower on the Horseshoe Curve route (above), and later drops down the west slope at South Fork with a beautiful “View” series bedroom-lounge-observation carrying the markers. 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 this new pack, including a Brunswick green five-stripe version (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 may depict content in development.
Night at the great Pennsy shop town of Altoona, Pa., finds PRR passenger sharks in Tuscan red and Brunswick green liveries ready for duty (above), while on a sunny summer day the Broadway Limited climbs toward Horseshoe Curve (below). DTM’s DR-6-4-2000 features realistic cab and control features and the authentic sounds of Baldwin’s slow-churning diesel power plants.
In developing the postwar streamlined 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 classic 10-6 “Rapids” series sleeper (above) and “Harbor” series sleeper-lounge car (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.
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TS19: Pennsy Legends!