Train Simulator

TS20: Wonders of the Rockies!

Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Now available, Canadian National’s Yellowhead Pass route for Train Simulator crosses the Rocky Mountains via CN’s wonderous Albreda and Robson Subdivisions!
Journey to the rugged Rocky Mountains of Canada and take the throttle of Canadian National trains crossing the Continental Divide with the now-available Yellowhead Pass route for Train Simulator!
This remarkable new Train Simulator route features the Canadian National mainline crossing of the Rocky Mountains via Yellowhead Pass, from Jasper, Alberta to Valemount, British Columbia, approximately 80 miles. The route includes the eastern section of Canadian National’s Albreda Subdivision and CN’s Robson Subdivision extending west from Red Pass to where it rejoins the Albreda Subdivision at Charles, British Columbia.
The Train Simulator Yellowhead Pass route is set in the 1980s when the Canadian National line from Jasper to Red Pass (a distance of 43 miles) had just been double-tracked and the new Robson link line built between the Albreda and Robson Subdivisions, thus creating a double-track route with a grade separation west of Red Pass to where the lines reconnect at Charles. Traffic on the busy CN mainline includes general mixed manifest traffic with significant tonnage of lumber and grain as well as unit coal trains, sulfur trains, and intermodals.
The Yellowhead Pass route has been masterfully created for Train Simulator by Milepost Simulations, known for its creation of other superb Canadian routes including the popular Canadian Mountain Passes route and the Canadian National Peace River route.
Surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and beautiful lakes, Canada’s Yellowhead Pass and the paths of the Miette and Fraser Rivers provided railroad builders an extraordinary favorable crossing of the Continental Divide, with a maximum elevation of 3,711 feet above sea level and favorable grades never exceeding 1 percent. That said, the Yellowhead Pass crossing of the Rockies is a wonder to behold, with the western slope of the pass in particular being extraordinarily rugged and imposing.
What are now CN’s Albreda and Robson Subdivisions were built in 1910-1913 by the competing Canadian Northern and Grand Truck Pacific railroads, respectively. At times, the two lines were so close as to be visible together (albeit often at quite different elevations). Alas, the costs of building through the Rockies was simply too much for either railroad and both failed financially. Canadian Northern was folded into Canada’s nationalized rail carrier, Canadian National, in 1917 and Grand Truck Pacific followed in 1923.
Today, CN’s rail traffic generally moves westbound via the Robson Subdivision and eastbound via the Albreda Subdivision and the route is a busy funnel for tonnage moving to and from both Vancouver and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. On its east end, the route includes Jasper’s large yard, engine facilities, and famed station and on the west end, the connection at Taverna, British Columbia with CN’s Tete Jaune Subdivision and the Albreda Subdivision’s stylish station at Valemount.
As an engineer on the Train Simulator Yellowhead Pass route, you’ll take the throttle of Canadian National GMD GP40-2LW and SD40-2W diesel locomotives, both of which feature CN’s distinctive “comfort cab” design. The route also features a variety of freight rolling stock, including intermodal equipment, covered hopper, rotary gondola, flatcars, boxcars, tank car, and a Canadian National steel caboose. A superb selection of ten career scenarios put you right to work hauling heavy tonnage across the Canadian Rockies.
The wonderous experiences of railroading in the Rockies, complete with its scenic splendor and extraordinary operating challenges, awaits you with the new Canadian National Yellowhead Pass route for Train Simulator – available now at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores! – Gary Dolzall
Now available, the Yellowhead Pass route for Train Simulator features Canadian National’s mainline crossing of the Rocky Mountains via Yellowhead Pass, from Jasper, Alberta to Valemount, British Columbia. The scenic and challenging route includes the eastern section of Canadian National’s Albreda Subdivision and CN’s Robson Subdivision extending west from Red Pass to where it rejoins the Albreda Subdivision at Charles, British Columbia. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Eastern terminus of the new Train Simulator Yellowhead Pass route is Jasper, Alberta, where the two locomotive types included with the route – CN’s GMD GP40-2LW and SD40-2W – await duty (above). Both the Canadian National GMD GP40-2LW and SD40-2W diesels feature CN’s distinctive “comfort cab” design and traditional-style engineer’s control stand (below). Note: Screenshots may depict content while in development.
Canadian National’s Albreda Subdivision climbs through Yellowhead Pass and follows the paths of the Miette and Fraser Rivers to achieve a relatively low-gradient crossing of the Rockies. On the east slope of the pass, a pair of CN GP40-2LWs have intermodals in tow (above), while a trio of SD40-2W diesels are hard at working lifting coal tonnage (below).
Between the border of Alberta and British Columbia and the junction at Red Pass, Canadian National’s Albreda Subdivision passes through magnificent lake country. At Moose Lake, a pair of Canadian National SD40-2Ws are gliding downgrade with coal empties.
Red Pass, British Columbia, 43 miles west of Jasper, stands near the summit of Yellowhead Pass and marks the divergence of the Albreda and Robson Subdivision lines to make their way down the west slope of the Rockies. At Red Pass, a westbound manifest freight has CN GP40-2LWs on the point (above). West of Red Pass the terrain is especially rugged, as exemplified by CN 9513 leading intermodals eastbound on the Albreda Subdivision near Foster (below).
The west slope of the Canadian National’s crossing of the Rockies features the separated grades built by the Canadian Northern and Grand Trunk Pacific and now operated as CN’s Albreda and Robson Subdivisions. Near Foster, an eastbound CN train lead by SD40-2W 5318 emerges from an Albreda Subdivision tunnel while the caboose of a westbound grain train passes below on the Robson Subdivision.
The majestic scenery of the Canadian Rockies is on full display as a westbound CN train on the Robson Subdivision is dwarfed by towering peaks (above). Canadian National heavy tonnage trains meet at Lubin, British Columbia, site of a connecting track between the Albreda and Robson Subdivisions (below).
Near the western end of the new Train Simulator Yellowhead Pass route, Canadian National tonnage is on the move, rolling past the stylish station at Valemount, British Columbia. The Yellowhead Pass route has been masterfully created for Train Simulator by Milepost Simulations, known for its creation of other superb Canadian routes including the Canadian Mountain Passes route and the Canadian National Peace River route.
The wonderous experiences of railroading in the Rockies, complete with its scenic splendor and extraordinary operating challenges, awaits you with the new Canadian National Yellowhead Pass route for Train Simulator – available now at the Steam and Dovetail Games stores!
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TS20: Wonders of the Rockies!
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