TS18: Union Pacific Super Power!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Union Pacific’s extraordinary General Electric U50 diesel is now available for Train Simulator!
Masterfully and authentically created by partner programme member DTM, the leviathan, eight-axle, 5,000-horsepower, half-a-million-pound Union Pacific General Electric U50 diesel locomotive is now available for Train Simulator!
The extraordinary General Electric U50 was sired by the Union Pacific’s early 1960s call to American locomotive builders to develop three-unit, 15,000-horsepower locomotive sets (which is to say 5,000 horsepower per unit). Each of major U. S. locomotive manufacturers of the time – Electro-Motive, Alco, and General Electric – responded to Union Pacific’s request, with the EMD DD35, Alco C855, and GE U50 respectively.
As General Electric’s entry in this UP “super power sweepstakes,” the U50 was both massive and memorable. Stretching more than 83-feet long, standing over 16-feet tall, weighing more than half-a-million pounds, and riding on eight powered axles in a bolstered B+B-B+B wheel arrangement, the U50 was, for all intents and purposes, two of General Electric’s landmark U25Bs rolled into one locomotive.
Across three orders and between October 1963 and September 1965, the Union Pacific purchased a total of 23 U50s which were assigned UP road numbers 31-53. Among the interesting features of the U50s, which were powered by twin GE 16-cylinder, 2,500-horsepower FDL-series powerplants, was that the units rode on reconditioned truck and bolster assemblies from UP's retired 4500-horsepower “GTEL” gas-turbine locomotives.
The Union Pacific’s U50s worked over much of UP’s main lines, but were most often found leading tonnage across the plains of Nebraska and Kansas and totting freight up and over Wyoming’s Sherman Hill and westward into Utah. The Union Pacific began retirements of its U50s in 1973 and the last of the U50s left the roster in April 1977.
Available now, DTM’s Union Pacific U50 captures in exacting detail the features of this biggest of all GE “U-boats.” The U50 wears the 1960s “Dependable Transportation” version of Union Pacific’s time-honored livery and is provided in both clean and snow-dressed variations. The DLC pack also includes an excellent and era-authentic selection of freight rolling stock, including Union Pacific’s S-40-16 stock car (loaded and empty); a Pacific Fruit Express R-70-12 refrigerator car; UP F-70-11 bulkhead flatcar (empty and with three loads); and Union Pacific’s classic CA-7 steel cupola caboose with operable marker lights and full interior. Four career scenarios included feature the U50 at work on the Train Simulator popular Sherman Hill route (route available separately).
You can take the throttle of one of the biggest and most distinctive diesel locomotives ever to serve on America’s railroads – with the Union Pacific General Electric U50, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
Union Pacific’s 1960s-era General Electric diesel super power now comes to Train Simulator with partner programme member DTM’s authentically crafted UP GE U50! Coming off Track 3 at Dale on the Train Simulator Sherman Hill route, a pair of the leviathan 5,000-horsepower, eight-axle U50s diesels have tonnage in tow westbound. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Stretching more than 83-feet-long and weighing more than half-a-million pounds, the General Electric U50 was one of the biggest and most distinctive diesel locomotives ever to serve on the railroads of America. On a wintry day at Hermosa, Wyoming, two trains powered by UP U50s meet. The now available Union Pacific U50 is provided in clean and snow-dressed variations of UP’s 1960s “Dependable Transportation” livery.
Rolling west on Sherman Hill’s Track 3, Union Pacific U50 No. 36 and a sister (above) exhibit the extraordinary length and distinctive bolstered B+B-B+B wheel arrangement of the big GE diesels (above), then shortly later at Dale meet an eastbound tailed by a Union Pacific CA-7 class steel cupola caboose (below).
Whether you wish to climb aboard the cab and take the throttle of the powerful U50 as engineer (above) or settle into the CA-7’s cupola as the conductor (below), the experience of main line railroading on Union Pacific’s fabulous Sherman Hill awaits you in the now available Union Pacific GE U50 pack.
It’s an autumn day and fresh produce from California is moving east on the Union Pacific as UP U50 No. 53 and a sister drag a solid string of Pacific Fruit Express reefers up the west slope of Sherman Hill (above), while on a summer day, UP U50 No. 36 is on the point of a westbound manifest freight on Track 3 with a long cut of stock cars behind the locomotives (below).
Accompanying the Union Pacific GE U50 in this new pack from DTM is a superb and highly authentic collection of freight rolling stock, including Union Pacific’s CA-7 caboose (above) featuring operable marker lights and full interior, and loaded and empty versions of Union Pacific’s S-40-16 stock car (below).
Also included in the Union Pacific U50 DLC are a classic Pacific Fruit Express R-70-12 refrigerator car (above) and UP’s F-70-11 bulkhead flatcar, provided empty and with three types of loads (below).
Take the throttle of one of the biggest diesel locomotives ever to roll on America’s rails – with the leviathan Union Pacific General Electric U50, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!