Commuter Scenario Challenges!

Written by: Gary Dolzall

Now available, North Jersey Coast Line Scenario Pack 01 brings you the challenges of commuter railroading!

Train Simulator’s popular North Jersey Coast Line route links the bustling New York City metropolitan region with the famed Jersey Shore and re-creates a vital section of Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor. Hosting the commuter trains of NJ Transit and Amtrak’s intercity passenger services as well as local freights, the route is one of the busiest in North America. And now, North Jersey Coast Line Scenario Pack 01 – in 10 realistic career scenarios – brings to life the action-packed and challenging railroading of this legendary and traffic-dense route!

In its 10 career scenarios, North Jersey Coast Line Scenario Pack 01 offers you the opportunity to take the throttle of NJ Transit’s ultra-modern motive power — the ALP-45DP dual power locomotive and NJT’s signature ALP-46 electric – as well as the commuter carrier’s venerable diesels, including the Electro-Motive GP40PH-2B and F40PH-2CAT. You’ll also go to work in Comet V and MultiLevel push-pull cab cars, and you’ll even be called for freight duty along the historic “New York & Long Branch” section of the North Jersey Coast Line route.

Having created (for “Elphaba’s Workshop”) hundreds of authentic scenarios that have appeared at Steam Workshop, and having also had the recent opportunity to author the well-received Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 01, it’s been a pleasure to again work with Train Simulator in developing this new career scenario pack for the busy North Jersey Coast Line.

Through the screenshots and accompanying captions below, let’s take a look at the railroading action, from New York Penn Station and historic Hoboken Terminal to Long Branch and legendary Bay Head, that is brought to life in the 10 career scenarios of North Jersey Coast Line Scenario Pack 01, now available at the Steam Store!  – Gary Dolzall

Historic Hoboken Terminal is the origin of NJ Transit Train 2607, an evening train that makes a stop at Newark Penn Station, expresses all the way to Aberdeen-Matawan, then serves local stops the remainder of the way to Long Branch. With a GP40PH-2B as power in this two-part scenario, you’ll first tackle the fast run over the NEC section of the route (above and below), then make multiple station stops along the NJCL before yarding your train at Long Branch.

Historic Hoboken Terminal is the origin of NJ Transit Train 2607, an evening train that makes a stop at Newark Penn Station, expresses all the way to Aberdeen-Matawan, then serves local stops the remainder of the way to Long Branch. With a GP40PH-2B as power in this two-part scenario, you’ll first tackle the fast run over the NEC section of the route (above and below), then make multiple station stops along the NJCL before yarding your train at Long Branch.

NJ#03
In another two-part scenario included in North Jersey Coast Line Scenario Pack 01, you will be the engineer of NJ Transit Train 7421 on a summer weekend afternoon, ready to depart New York Penn Station (above) bound for Long Branch. With 16 intermediate stops, such as South Amboy (below) and a potent ALP-46 electric as power for a consist of eight modern MultiLevel cars, can you stay on schedule?

In another two-part scenario included in North Jersey Coast Line Scenario Pack 01, you will be the engineer of NJ Transit Train 7421 on a summer weekend afternoon, ready to depart New York Penn Station (above) bound for Long Branch. With 16 intermediate stops, such as South Amboy (below) and a potent ALP-46 electric as power for a consist of eight modern MultiLevel cars, can you stay on schedule?

NJ#05
A morning commuter run that originates on the North Jersey Coast Line at South Amboy, NJ Transit Train 3508 makes 10 intermediate stops en route to New York Penn Station. In this snowy winter career scenario, you are the engineer of NJT 3508 with a consist of eight NJT MultiLevels powered by an ALP-46 pushing on the rear of the train.

A morning commuter run that originates on the North Jersey Coast Line at South Amboy, NJ Transit Train 3508 makes 10 intermediate stops en route to New York Penn Station. In this snowy winter career scenario, you are the engineer of NJT 3508 with a consist of eight NJT MultiLevels powered by an ALP-46 pushing on the rear of the train.

NJ Transit Train 3373 is an evening "NY Express" service offering commuters one-seat service between New York's Penn Station and Bay Head, N.J. As this career scenario begins, you’ll have just arrived at Red Bank and will be continuing the run to Bay Head. During your stop at Long Branch, you’ll need to transition your ALP-45DP from electric to diesel propulsion.

NJ Transit Train 3373 is an evening “NY Express” service offering commuters one-seat service between New York’s Penn Station and Bay Head, N.J. As this career scenario begins, you’ll have just arrived at Red Bank and will be continuing the run to Bay Head. During your stop at Long Branch, you’ll need to transition your ALP-45DP from electric to diesel propulsion.

The North Jersey Coast Line is a bustling commuter route, but it also hosts limited CSX and Norfolk Southern freight services as part of Conrail's Shared Assets territory. Local freight SA-31, as it makes its way from Browns Yard near Sayreville, N.J. to the Southern Secondary, runs over the NJCL between South Amboy and Red Bank. On an autumn afternoon, you’ll be the engineer of SA-31, and rather than the typical EMD GP38-2 as power, you have a pair of CSX NRE 3GS-21B ‘GenSet' locomotives.

The North Jersey Coast Line is a bustling commuter route, but it also hosts limited CSX and Norfolk Southern freight services as part of Conrail’s Shared Assets territory. Local freight SA-31, as it makes its way from Browns Yard near Sayreville, N.J. to the Southern Secondary, runs over the NJCL between South Amboy and Red Bank. On an autumn afternoon, you’ll be the engineer of SA-31, and rather than the typical EMD GP38-2 as power, you have a pair of CSX NRE 3GS-21B ‘GenSet’ locomotives.

Kearny, N.J., is home to NJ Transit's sprawling Meadows Maintenance Complex where the railroad's equipment is serviced and maintained, and in the career scenario you have been called for a 5 a.m., job to assemble a consist of Comet cars at the "MMC" (above) and deadhead the train to famed Hoboken Terminal (below) for a run later in the morning.

Kearny, N.J., is home to NJ Transit’s sprawling Meadows Maintenance Complex where the railroad’s equipment is serviced and maintained, and in the career scenario you have been called for a 5 a.m., job to assemble a consist of Comet cars at the “MMC” (above) and deadhead the train to famed Hoboken Terminal (below) for a run later in the morning.

NJ#10
While most of the North Jersey Coast Line is electrified, the southern segment from Long Branch to Bay Head, N. J., requires diesel power and has long been home to the "Bay Head Shuttle." As the engineer of NJ Transit Train 4366, a late afternoon northbound Shuttle about to depart Bay Head on a snowy day, you’ll call upon a veteran NJT F40PH-2CAT for power.

While most of the North Jersey Coast Line is electrified, the southern segment from Long Branch to Bay Head, N. J., requires diesel power and has long been home to the “Bay Head Shuttle.” As the engineer of NJ Transit Train 4366, a late afternoon northbound Shuttle about to depart Bay Head on a snowy day, you’ll call upon a veteran NJT F40PH-2CAT for power.

By 2015, NJT's once large fleet of F40PH-2CAT diesels was reduced to a few units which spent much of their time in non-revenue service. In the career scenario "MMC Extra 4119," you will be the engineer of an extra hauling a string of Comet and MultiLevel coaches from Long Branch to NJT's Meadows Maintenance Complex at Kearny, N. J., for "S&I" (servicing and inspection).

By 2015, NJT’s once large fleet of F40PH-2CAT diesels was reduced to a few units which spent much of their time in non-revenue service. In the career scenario “MMC Extra 4119,” you will be the engineer of an extra hauling a string of Comet and MultiLevel coaches from Long Branch to NJT’s Meadows Maintenance Complex at Kearny, N. J., for “S&I” (servicing and inspection).

North Jersey Coast Line Scenario Pack 01 for Train Simulator puts you in the engineer’s seat for duty on one of America’s busiest and most famed commuter rail routes – and the pack featuring 10 new highly realistic career scenarios is now available at the Steam Store!

North Jersey Coast Line Scenario Pack 01 for Train Simulator puts you in the engineer’s seat for duty on one of America’s busiest and most famed commuter rail routes – and the pack featuring 10 new highly realistic career scenarios is now available at the Steam Store!

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    Will you be doing more of these on older routes like Horseshoe Curve?

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