MPXpress!

Written by: Gary Dolzall

Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor route, now available, features the powerful and stylish “MPXpress” MP36PH-3C

Out now for Train Simulator is the Peninsula Corridor route as operated by Caltrain between San Francisco and San Jose, California, and the featured locomotive for the new route is the highly distinctive, powerful. and modern Motive Power (MPI) “MPXpress” MP36PH-3C.

If a diesel locomotive can, at once, be both stylish and rather brutish, the MPXpress fits the bill. Packing 3,600-horsepower and constructed to American Public Transportation Association’s stringent crash worthiness standards, the MP36PH-3C stretches to 70-feet in length, stands 15-and-a-half feet tall, weighs in at more than 280,000 pounds – and yet manages a sleek, rather European-style visual panache.

Introduced in 2002 by Motive Power, Inc. (a Wabtec company), the MPXpress line of diesel locomotives has, largely, become the standard-bearer for commuter motive power in North America. The first customer for the MPXpress series of locomotives was Chicago’s rail commuter operator, Metra, which acquired 27 units in 2002-2003 designated the MP36PH-3S. These locomotives were powered by EMD-derivative 645-series 16-cylinder power plants which supplied power both for traction and, via a static-inventor HEP system, for train requirements.

What would become the most popular edition of the MPXpress line of locomotives was born when Caltrain in 2002 ordered six MP36PH-3C diesels for use on its new “Baby Bullet” express commuter trains. Like the previous Metra locomotives, the MP36PH-3C employed a 16-cylinder, 3,600-horsepower 645-series power plant to provide traction, but the “-3C” model was equipped with a separate Caterpillar diesel to supply HEP power. Dressed in a red, white, and black livery and wearing road numbers 923-928, the Caltrain MP36PH-3Cs entered service in 2003 and have now worked for more than a decade on the Peninsula.

Since its debut on Caltrain, the MPXpress MP36PH-3C has been put into service by 10 commuter railroads and can be found from coast to coast in the United States. MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) is the type’s largest fleet operator with a roster of 26 units. The MP36PH-3C was designed to be compliant with Tier 2 emissions standards, and in 2007 the locomotive was joined in the MPXpress line by the Tier 3, 4,000-horsepower MP40PH-3C which is powered by an EMD-derivative 710-series power plant and is presently operated primarily by Toronto’s GO Transit. Another MPXpress model, the MP32PH-Q, has been constructed for Florida’s SunRail commuter system using reconditioned EMD 645-series power plants and is rated at 3,200 horsepower. In total, more than 220 MPXpress locomotives are in service across North America. And representing the next generation of MPI commuter power is the MP54AC, a locomotive based upon the MPXpress design but powered by two Cummins QSK60 Tier 4-compliant diesel engines providing up to 5,400 horsepower. The MP54AC is making its debut on Canada’s GO Transit rail system.

On the Train Simulator Peninsula Corridor route, the MP36PH-3C is authentically matched with Bombardier bi-level commuter equipment and you can operate Caltrain’s Baby Bullet trains either from the modern desktop-style controls of the MPXpress diesel or from a Bombardier cab car. With 3,600-horsepower at call, track speeds of up to 79 miles per hour, and more than 20 stations to serve, the combination of the MPXpress locomotive and Peninsula Corridor route brings the best of contemporary North American commuter railroading to Train Simulator! – Gary Dolzall

The Peninsula Corridor route is coming soon to Train Simulator and the featured locomotive is the distinctive and modern Motive Power (MPI) “MPXpress” MP36PH-3C in Caltrain livery. Leading a southbound “Baby Bullet” express commuter train, Caltrain 924 rolls into the Millbrae Transit Center. All screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

The Peninsula Corridor route is available now for Train Simulator and the featured locomotive is the distinctive and modern Motive Power (MPI) “MPXpress” MP36PH-3C in Caltrain livery. Leading a southbound “Baby Bullet” express commuter train, Caltrain 924 rolls into the Millbrae Transit Center. All screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

The MP36PH-3C (above), rated at 3,600-horsepower and weighing in at more than 280,000 pounds, is both big and stylish – and for service on the Peninsula Corridor route is mated with Bombardier bi-level equipment. Cab cars such as Caltrain 114 (below) will provide for authentic “push-pull” services. Note: Screenshots may depict content still in development.

The MP36PH-3C (above), rated at 3,600-horsepower and weighing in at more than 280,000 pounds, is both big and stylish – and for service on the Peninsula Corridor route is mated with Bombardier bi-level equipment. Cab cars such as Caltrain 114 (below) will provide for authentic “push-pull” services. Note: Screenshots may depict content still in development.

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On the upcoming Train Simulator Peninsula Corridor route, Caltrain MP36PH-3C 927 and a Baby Bullet navigate the sharp curve just south of San Francisco’s San Francisco’s 4th & King Street station (above), then rush out of a tunnel near Bayshore, California (below).

On the Train Simulator Peninsula Corridor route, Caltrain MP36PH-3C 927 and a Baby Bullet navigate the sharp curve just south of San Francisco’s San Francisco’s 4th & King Street station (above), then rush out of a tunnel near Bayshore, California (below).

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As an engineer on the Peninsula Corridor route, you’ll climb aboard the powerful MP36PH-3C and work from modern desk console-style controls. The cab of the MPXpress locomotive offers excellent forward visibility and meets stringent U. S. crash worthiness standards.

As an engineer on the Peninsula Corridor route, you’ll climb aboard the powerful MP36PH-3C and work from modern desk console-style controls. The cab of the MPXpress locomotive offers excellent forward visibility and meets stringent U. S. crash worthiness standards.

Caltrain’s fleet of six MP36PH-3Cs carry road numbers 923-928 and are regularly assigned to Baby Bullet duties. On the upcoming Train Simulator Peninsula Corridor route, Caltrain 924 is approaching Burlingame (below), while Caltrain 926 pulls into Mountain View (below).

Caltrain’s fleet of six MP36PH-3Cs carry road numbers 923-928 and are regularly assigned to Baby Bullet duties. On the Train Simulator Peninsula Corridor route, Caltrain 924 is approaching Burlingame (below), while Caltrain 926 pulls into Mountain View (below).

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Train Simulator’s upcoming Peninsula Corridor route extends from San Francisco’s San Francisco’s 4th & King Street station (above) to San Jose’s Diridon station (below), and together with the powerful and stylish Caltrain MPXpress MP36PH-3C will deliver the experience of contemporary North American commuter railroading at its challenging best!

Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor route extends from San Francisco’s San Francisco’s 4th & King Street station (above) to San Jose’s Diridon station (below), and together with the powerful and stylish Caltrain MPXpress MP36PH-3C delivers the experience of contemporary North American commuter railroading at its challenging best!

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20 Comments

  • Profile photo of rarecommonsense

    Thanks for resolving the Alerter audio issue. However, the braking application/throttle is faulty… not sure if you guys caught on to that as well. Also, I wish you folks were a bit more generous with the passenger view. More angles, and near windows. Which i think should be applied to all loco DLC (past, present & future) with passenger views, it’s nice being able to choose a side to look out from as scenery is surrounding the tracksides.

    I certainly hope proper attention is given to the NJT Arrow III EMU, as well as the Caltrain gallery cars coming next year.

    Also, please tell me that more American EMU’s are in the pipeline for the New York – New Haven route, like the M2 (as I have stressed so heavily). As well Routes from the New York Metro area like more Metro North, NJT, or the untouched Long Island Railroad, perhaps. Focusing on American Commuter Rail is a step in the right direction, as it’s quite obvious that America isn’t just primarily Amtrak, and Freight. Thank You!

    • Profile photo of TrainSim-Steve

      Thanks for the feedback Michael, I’ve relayed these to the Development Team. Also, if you have a problem with the brakes/throttle, etc. please can you ensure you also flag this with our Support Team

      • Profile photo of Noah Limpright

        Also, with the Caltrain F40, I know I sound like a broken record, will DTG model the F40PH-2C with proper desk controls, or repaint and update the NJT F40PH-2CAT? Or maybe both 🙂 Here is hoping, fingers crossed, especially for a -2C desk stand version.

        • Profile photo of TrainSim-Steve

          We will certainly take your thoughts into consideration

    • Profile photo of Matt Bagot

      I’ve noticed the some faulty stuff too. I’m not sure exactly what you are talking about but whenever I move the throttle/dynamic brake, it resets the power of the loco and even make there be negative amperage so the dynamic brake sound starts up which can get very annoying to keep on hearing that throughout the run.

      • Profile photo of TrainSim-Steve

        Can you drop a note in to our Support Team with your feedback please? This is very useful intel.

  • Profile photo of Hunter

    I found an issue with the GP38-2, when you open the doors there is no way to close them as if the hit box had disappeared.

    • Profile photo of TrainSim-Steve

      Thanks for the feedback Hunter, I’ve passed this over to our Development Team to action. Could you also log this with our Support Team please?

  • Profile photo of Ben C.

    Got the route earlier, the included stock and the route itself look and run very nicely, even on my below spec laptop. One small issue with the GP38-2, once the front and rear doors are opened past a certain threshold, they cannot be grabbed by the cursor and closed again.

  • Profile photo of lizardgai4

    Looks awesome! Now I just gotta wait for the f40ph and Gallery cars to come out so hopefully there will be a twin pack with both of them. The -2cat would be the most realistic to see all the time, whereas the longer -2c would fill in a gap in the TS2017 lineup

  • Profile photo of SFC (Sagefuncom)

    Nice to see some new locos (especially that UP GP38-2) in the TS Steam collection! That’s definitely going on my wishlist for 2017’s DLC Collection. 🙂

  • Profile photo of BVERailer

    Can’t wait to get it for Christmas!

  • Profile photo of tlawer

    Alerter won’t stop after canceled.

    • Profile photo of TrainSim-Steve

      We have now released a patch to correct this, which should download automatically – thanks for letting us know

  • Profile photo of tlawer

    Bell issue in the mp36 and cabcar

    • Profile photo of TrainSim-Steve

      Thanks for the feedback max, this has been passed to our Development Team to action. Please can you also log this with our Support Team?

  • Profile photo of tlawer

    YES!!!!!

  • Profile photo of nec_male_tc

    Yes! The Peninsula Corridor is now available! You know what’s a great coincidence? All of Dovetail Games’ American urban routes have at least one city from the PS1/PC/Gameboy game Driver 1. That’s awesome and that’s what I was hoping for since 2010 because all of the Driver 1 American cities (Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City) are iconic, cool and interesting cities. Glad that Dovetail Games has finally made all of the Driver 1 cities in their DLC. I do hope the company can make more routes that feature the Driver 1 cities as well as the American cities from Driver 2, that being Chicago and Las Vegas, because those are iconic, cool and interesting too.

    • Profile photo of David Whiting

      There’s already a Chicago route, granted it’s Metra and not the L-train.

      • Profile photo of nec_male_tc

        I meant Dovetail Games’ routes, not third party routes. Come to think of it, I did forget to mention at the time yesterday that Dovetail Games did make a Chicago route in 2011. It was Chicago’s Proviso Yard, which was included with the GP9 add-on, not sure if it’s still included in that DLC anymore, it doesn’t say, but I have it since I got that DLC in 2011. But thank you Dovetail Games for making San Francisco to San Jose! It looks like a great route with a nice variety of trains included.

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