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TS19: Rio Grande Glory!

Written by: Gary Dolzall.

High Iron Simulations’ new scenario pack delivers realistic railroading on the “Ruler of the Rockies!”

The Denver & Rio Grande Western – the “Ruler of the Rockies” – was one of America’s most famous and fabulous railroads, and now you can go to work on the remarkable Rio Grande in the ten new, authentic, and diverse career scenarios of Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01.

Train Simulator’s Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension re-creates the entire Third District of D&RGW’s Utah Division, including passage over daunting Soldier Summit and through the Salt Lake Valley – and Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01 from High Iron Simulations puts you at the throttle for D&RGW passenger, main line freight, coal, local, and switching duties across the full length of the 118-mile western route!

In ten challenging career scenarios closely based on authentic Rio Grande operations and train symbols of the 1980s, you’ll tackle railroading ranging from D&RGW’s unforgettable Rio Grande Zephyr making its way over the wintry Wasatch Mountains to totting priority auto parts and heavy coal tonnage to switching duty amid the spider web of trackage in Salt Lake City. And with Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01, you’ll climb aboard legendary first- and second-generation D&RGW diesel power, including Rio Grande’s elegant EMD F9s, versatile and venerable EMD GP9s, and high-horsepower EMD SD40T-2 and GP40-2 main line diesels. Let’s take a closer look:

In the three-part scenario “D&RGW Train 18,” you’ll be the D&RGW’s senior engineer and take the throttle of elegant EMD F9s for a wintry eastbound run of the famed Rio Grande Zephyr over the full length of the Third District of the Utah Division. Your journey begins in the predawn darkness at D&RGW’s Salt Lake City station, then takes you down the Salt Lake Valley and over magnificent Soldier Summit to the station stop at Helper, Utah.

Heavy coal hauling is the challenge in the two-part scenario “D&RGW Train 733,” as you take the controls of D&RGW SD40T-2s totting coal from Carbon County in Utah to the sprawling Geneva Steel Works north of Provo. Rio Grande’s versatile EMD GP40-2s are your charge in a pair of career scenarios in which you call upon the flashy Geeps to handle an eastbound merchandise freight departing Roper Yard in the scenario “D&RGW Train 152,” and highball one of the hottest priority-traffic trains on the Rio Grande departing Helper for a climb of Soldier Summit’s tough east slope in the scenario “D&RGW Train 101.”

Diverse and realistic operations are a highlight of Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01, including challenging local and switching duties. In the scenario “D&RGW Short Line Transfer” you’ll employ a veteran Rio Grande EMD GP9 to work from Roper Yard and handle switching and transfer duties amid the complex trackage of downtown Salt Lake City. The career scenario “D&RGW Midvale Trap” provides another opportunity to climb aboard a venerable Rio Grande GP9, this time to switch the area around Midvale Yard, then make a main line run to Roper. And in the scenario “D&RGW F9 Finale,” you’ll be back aboard the classic Rio Grande F9s, this time following the discontinuance of the “RGZ” when the F-units served out their final days in ballast train service!

Note: This pack requires the Train Simulator Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension and the GP40-2 Loco Add-On. Select scenarios also require the Western Pacific FP7 California Zephyr Loco Add-On. All required content is available at the Steam Store.

The magnificent D&RGW – nicknamed “The Ruler of The Rockies” – stands among America’s greatest railroads. And High Iron Simulations’ Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01 puts you in the engineer’s seat for unforgettable, challenging, and realistic Rio Grande railroading!

High Iron Simulations’ Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01 is available now at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall

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Now available, Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01 features ten realistic career scenarios that put you at the throttle for D&RGW passenger, main line freight, coal, local, and switching duties across the full length of Train Simulator’s popular 118-mile western route! In the multi-part scenario “D&RGW Train 18,” you’ll be the D&RGW’s senior engineer and take the throttle of elegant EMD F9s for a wintry eastbound run of the famed Rio Grande Zephyr over the full length of the Third District of the Utah Division, from Salt Lake City (above) to Helper, Utah (below). Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

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In Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01’s two-part scenario “D&RGW Train 733,” you’ll take the controls of D&RGW SD40T-2s totting coal from Carbon County in Utah to the Geneva Steel Works, a journey that will include carefully bringing the heavy coal train down the remarkable Gilluly Loops (above and below).

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The destination of D&RGW Train 733 is the sprawling Geneva Steel Works located north of Provo, Utah. Rio Grande EMD SD40T-2 5413 and two sisters are rolling into the yard at Geneva with coal for Geneva’s hungry furnaces. High Iron Simulations’ new Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01 includes ten challenging career scenarios closely based on authentic Rio Grande operations and train symbols of the 1980s.

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Rio Grande’s EMD GP40-2s are your charge in a pair of career scenarios in which you call upon the versatile Geeps to handle an eastbound merchandise freight from Salt Lake City in the scenario “D&RGW Train 152” (above) and highball one of the hottest priority-traffic trains on the Rio Grande climbing Soldier Summit’s east slope (below) in the scenario “D&RGW Train 101.”

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Diverse and realistic operations are a highlight of Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01, including challenging local and switching duties. In the scenario “D&RGW Short Line Transfer” you’ll employ a veteran Rio Grande EMD GP9 to handle switching and transfer duties in downtown Salt Lake City (above). The career scenario “D&RGW Midvale Trap” provides another opportunity to climb aboard a venerable Rio Grande GP9, this time to switch the area around Midvale Yard (below).

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In Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01’s career scenario “D&RGW F9 Finale,” you’ll once again climb aboard Rio Grande’s classic EMD F9s, this time following the discontinuance of the “RGZ” when the veteran F-units served out their final days in ballast train service.

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The magnificent D&RGW – nicknamed “The Ruler of The Rockies” – stands among America’s greatest railroads. And High Iron Simulations’ Soldier Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01 puts you in the engineer’s seat for unforgettable, challenging, and realistic Rio Grande railroading. Summit + Salt Lake City Route Extension Scenario Pack 01 is available now at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!

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