Train Simulator

TS19: Superlative Steam!

Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Union Pacific “Omaha” and “Idaho,” the latest classic 1860s from Smokebox, are now available for Train Simulator!
Smokebox and its maestro, Mike Rennie, are renowned for creating superlative steam locomotives and the Smokebox stable of 1860s steam locomotives includes Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 and Central Pacific 4-4-0 No. 60, the “Jupiter,” of Golden Spike fame, as well as CPRR’s 4-6-0 “Buffalo” class. And now, two Union Pacific sister 4-4-0s – UP No. 7, the “Omaha,” and UP No. 8, the “Idaho” – have joined this extraordinary 1860s steam roster, all of which are ideal for service on Smokebox’s captivating 68-mile Train Simulator Promontory Summit route!
As America’s railroads rapidly grew in the mid-19th century, culminating with the opening of the great transcontinental railroad in May 1869, the young nation’s steam locomotive workhorse was the 4-4-0. Often called the “eight-wheeler” or “standard type,” the 4-4-0 became so synonymous with U. S. railroading that it earned the name “American” type.
Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” were constructed by the Schenectady (N.Y.) Locomotive Works (a predecessor of the American Locomotive Works, or Alco) and were outshopped in March and April 1866 respectively, then went to work on the under-construction transcontinental railroad.
In design, Union Pacific Nos. 7 and 8 were similar to Central Pacific No. 60, the famed “Jupiter” of Golden Spike fame, which was also a product of the Schenectady Locomotive Works. Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” were typical of the “American” types of the era – the locomotives weighed in at 18 tons (without tender), utilized 16” x 24” cylinders, and rode atop driving wheels of approximately 62 inches diameter. The 4-4-0s were thus well-suited to either passenger or freight duty.
Like many locomotives of the era, Union Pacific “Omaha” and “Idaho” were stylishly outfitted in vibrant and ornate liveries. UP Nos. 7 and 8 are notable not only for their colorful appearance but for the intricate striping on the locomotives, including on the pilots, driving wheels, and tender trucks. In the 1860s, locomotives were regularly assigned to a specific engineer, who lovingly cared for his stead and often personalized the locomotive – and the “Omaha” and “Idaho” even include the option of wearing antlers atop their classic headlights!
Like all Smokebox locomotives, Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” feature extraordinary fidelity to detail and ultra-realistic interactive operating controls and characteristics. You can easily customize the locomotives to your skill level, as the “Omaha” and “Idaho” provide two levels of operating complexity in “expert” mode, can be operated in “simple controls” mode, and offer the use of an automatic fireman.
Ideally suited for work on the Train Simulator Promontory Summit route (available separately), the duo of classic 4-4-0s are accompanied in this DLC by a Union Pacific emigrant coach with clerestory roof; UP combined caboose and coach; and UP baggage car, as well as three challenging career scenarios for the Promontory Summit route.
Thanks to Smokebox and its new “Omaha” and “Idaho” 4-4-0s, the remarkable and realistic experiences of 1860s “Old West” railroading to be enjoyed with Train Simulator continues to become ever-more diverse and challenging. Union Pacific “Omaha” and “Idaho” are now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores! – Gary Dolzall
Smokebox is renowned for creating superlative steam locomotives and now two new 1860s-era Union Pacific sister 4-4-0s – UP No. 7, the “Omaha,” and UP No. 8, the “Idaho” – are available for Train Simulator duty! At Blue Creek on the Train Simulator 68-mile Promontory Summit route, the “Idaho” has passengers in tow while the “Omaha” awaits its next assignment. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
In the formative years of U. S. railroading, the 4-4-0 “American” type was the workhorse of the rails – and Smokebox now brings to Train Simulator two more classic 1860s steam locomotives in the form of Union Pacific sisters – UP No. 7, the “Omaha” (above) and UP No. 8, the “Idaho” (below). Note: Screenshots depict may content still in development.
Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” were constructed by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1866 and were stylishly outfitted in vibrant and ornate liveries with intricate striping on the locomotive pilots, driving wheels, and tender trucks – and every detail of these classic eight-wheelers is beautifully replicated by Smokebox.
As dawn breaks at Corinne, Utah, on Smokebox’s Promontory Summit route, UP No.8 eases off the turntable in preparation of the day’s duty (above). Later in the day, sister “Omaha” chugs into town with westbound passengers (below). Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” were typical of eight-wheelers of the era, weighing in at 18 tons (without tender), utilizing 16” x 24” cylinders, and riding atop driving wheels of approximately 62 inches diameter.
Union Pacific No. 8, the “Idaho,” is arriving with the dawn at the frontier town of Blue Creek, also known as Dead Falls (above), then later in the day begins the climb of the east slope of the Promontory Mountains as it glides over a Blue Creek trestle (below).
Having departed Promontory Summit, Union Pacific No. 7 is eastbound for Blue Creek. In the 1860s, locomotives were regularly assigned to a specific engineer, who lovingly cared for his stead and often personalized the locomotive – and the Smokebox “Omaha” and “Idaho” include the option of wearing antlers atop their classic headlights!
Like all Smokebox locomotives, Union Pacific’s “Omaha” and “Idaho” feature extraordinary fidelity to detail and ultra-realistic operating features. You can easily customize the locomotives to your skill level, as the “Omaha” and “Idaho” provide two levels of operating complexity in “expert” mode, can be operated in “simple controls” mode, and offer the use of an automatic fireman. Union Pacific’s “Omaha” is eastbound as it crossed the railroad’s “Big Trestle” (above and below) on the rugged and steep east slope of the Promontory Mountains.
Thanks to Smokebox and its new Union Pacific “Omaha” and “Idaho” 4-4-0s, the remarkable and realistic experiences of 1860s “Old West” railroading to be enjoyed with Train Simulator continues to become more diverse and challenging. Union Pacific “Omaha” and “Idaho” are now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores!
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TS19: Superlative Steam!
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