Train Simulator

TS20: The Battle for Sherman Hill!

Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Coming soon to Train Simulator is the ultimate railroading experience on Union Pacific’s legendary Sherman Hill!
Coming to Train Simulator in May, “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will deliver the ultimate railroading experience on Union Pacific’s legendary and historic crossing of America’s Continental Divide! With “The Battle for Sherman Hill,” you’ll tackle the challenges of moving heavy freight, from the steam era to the railroading of today!
To bring more than half-a-century of railroading to life, “The Battle of Sherman Hill” will include Train Simulator’s popular Sherman Hill route, five locomotive and equipment packs, and nine specially created and highly realistic career scenarios!
Constructed by the Union Pacific as one of the crowning achievements of the 1860s American Transcontinental Railroad, named in honor of U. S. General William Tecumseh Sherman, and stretching between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, Sherman Hill – UP’s Laramie Subdivision - crosses the Laramie Mountains and crests America’s Continental Divide at an elevation of 8,015 feet. Long a host to some of the largest and most powerful locomotives in the world, Sherman Hill’s double-track main line (Tracks 1 and 2) features a torturous 1.5 percent westbound climb, while its Harriman Cutoff (Track 3), built in the early 1950s, provides a lower gradient route.
Train Simulator’s upcoming “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will include:
  • Train Simulator’s 56-mile Sherman Hill route extending from Cheyenne to Laramie Wyoming and featuring Union Pacific’s GE ES44AC, EMD SD40-2, SD60M, SD70M, and SW10 locomotive types as well as a variety of contemporary freight rolling stock.
  • The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy, the world’s largest steam locomotive.
  • Union Pacific’s Challenger, the railroad’s powerful, elegant, and fast 4-6-6-4.
  • Southern Pacific’s 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward, which includes 1940s and 1950s era freight equipment ideal for use on the Sherman Hill route.
  • Union Pacific’s extraordinary and distinctive 8,500-horsepower GE “Big Blow” turbine.
  • Train Simulator’s GP40-2, with the versatile Geep in Union Pacific and UP predecessor road liveries.
  • Union Pacific’s modern and powerful EMD SD70ACe in Union Pacific and UP’s D&RGW heritage livery.
  • A selection of nine all-new and highly realistic career scenarios specially created for Dovetail Games by Gary Dolzall of High Iron Simulations.
Get ready to join the battle – and experience American heavy freight railroading across the decades and at its challenging and memorable best – with the upcoming “The Battle for Sherman Hill” for Train Simulator due to arrive in May! Stay tuned here at Dovetail Live and we’ll be presenting further detail and advance screenshots in the coming weeks! – Gary Dolzall
Coming to Train Simulator in May, “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will deliver the ultimate railroading experience on Union Pacific’s legendary and historic crossing of America’s Continental Divide! With “The Battle for Sherman Hill, you’ll tackle the challenges of moving heavy freight throughout the decades, from the steam era to the railroading of today. In a scene of contemporary Union Pacific railroading on Sherman Hill, a trio of GE ES44ACs lead a westbound grain train while a single GE is working as a DPU on the rear of an eastbound coal train. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Big Boy! With the upcoming Train Simulator “Battle for Sherman Hill,” you’ll take the throttle of the world’s largest steam locomotive – Union Pacific’s Alco-built 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy -- and challenge the unforgiving 1.5 percent grades of Sherman Hill’s eastern slope. At Dale, Wyoming, east- and westbound freights with Big Boy power meet at speed. Note: Screenshots depict content while in development.
Powerful, elegant, and fast – that was Union Pacific’s 4-6-6-4 Challenger locomotives. In a scene recalling the 1950s, Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 3985, destined for a long and famous career, emerges from the east portal of Sherman Hill’s Hermosa Tunnel with a priority Pacific Fruit Express refrigerator train in tow.
Train Simulator’s upcoming “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will bring to life more than half-a-century of railroading across the Laramie Mountains, including a brief period in the late 1950s when Union Pacific super steam and gas-electric turbines served together. UP GTEL “Big Blow” No. 2 has overtaken a westbound manifest on the slopes of the Train Simulator Sherman Hill route.
“The Battle of Sherman Hill” will include Train Simulator’s popular Sherman Hill route, five locomotive and equipment packs, and nine specially created and highly realistic career scenarios! In the diesel era, you’ll climb aboard Union Pacific’s versatile EMD GP40-2s to tote a heavy ballast train from the quarry at Granite, Wyoming.
Union Pacific’s EMD SD60Ms, nicknamed ‘Triclops” for their distinctive three-pane windshields, arrived on Sherman Hill in 1989 and on the snowy west slope of Sherman Hill, east- and westbound manifests pass. “The Battle for Sherman Hill” will take you across the decades, across the seasons, and across the full length of the Train Simulator Sherman Hill route!
Yard switching and serving Cheyenne area industries will be your task when you climb aboard one of Union Pacific’s unique SW10 rebuilt “Hammerhead” switchers. At Cheyenne, UP SW10 1218 is a work in the yard as a stack trains roll past on the Laramie Subdivision main line.
The junction of Union Pacific’s Sherman Hill and Denver lines is humming with action typical of the new millennium as Union Pacific SD70M 4884 leads a heavy manifest westward on Track 3 while a pair of UP SD60Ms and an SD40-2 draw tonnage off the line from Denver.
“The Battle for Sherman Hill” captures the challenges and verve of contemporary American heavy freight railroading. At Laramie Yard, Union Pacific GE ES44ACs are arriving with a westbound unit grain train while an eastbound stack train with an ES44AC DPU on the rear powers past (above). Rain is falling and the sky is angry as a duo of UP EMD SD70ACe diesels roll eastbound toting a mix of piggyback and stack intermodal equipment (below).
Get ready to join the battle – and experience American heavy freight railroading across the decades – and at its challenging and memorable best – with the upcoming “The Battle for Sherman Hill” for Train Simulator, due to arrive in May!
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