Train Simulator Scenario Packs!

Written by: Gary Dolzall

Train Simulator introduces Scenario Packs – and the first features authentic Feather River Canyon operations

To bring added railroading challenges and authentic operations to Train Simulator, Dovetail Games – via its Partner Programme – is pleased to introduce scenario packs. And the introductory pack, which features 10 highly realistic and authentic career scenarios for Train Simulator’s rugged and scenic Feather River Canyon route, is now available at the Steam Store!

“Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1” features 10 career scenario re-creating the Western Pacific and early Union Pacific eras on Train Simulator’s popular Feather River Canyon route. The scenarios, closely based upon actual railroad operations, represent a diversity of tasks – from priority mainline freights to locals to switching operations – across the full breadth of the Feather River Canyon route. And you’ll also have the opportunity to take the throttles of motive power as diverse as Western Pacific GE U30Bs and EMD F7s and GP20s, as well as Union Pacific Electro-Motive SD40-2s and even a “Hammerhead” UP SW10 switcher.

Having created (for “Elphaba’s Workshop”) more than 300 scenarios that have appeared at Steam Workshop and have been downloaded by the community more than 650,000 times, I was honored to be able to author this initial scenario pack for Train Simulator.

In creating the new pack, my first goal was to infuse a high level of authenticity and realism in the scenarios and, in fact, the majority of the career scenarios are based upon actual Western Pacific (and Union Pacific) train designations and services from the period. For example, the pack includes scenarios based on Western Pacific’s “WPX” (the Western Pacific Expeditor); the “OME” (Overland Mail East); and “KGT” (the Keddie-Greenville local turn), as well as Union Pacific’s “TGW” (Tidewater Grain West).

Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1 provides a variety of operating challenges to you as an engineer, whether it be lugging the “WPX” up the rugged west slope of Feather River Canyon with a quartet of Western Pacific U30Bs, local switching at Oroville with a lone WP GP20, totting lumber on the “Inside Gateway” line, or even putting a leased Union Pacific SW10 Hammerhead diesel switcher to work on the Quincy Railroad short line.

A number of the pack’s individual scenarios require only the base Feather River Canyon route (available separately), while to provide both variety and authenticity other select scenarios require additional assets, which include the Union Pacific Sherman Hill route (providing the use of Union Pacific locomotives and rolling stock) and the superb and realistic Reppo-created Western Pacific hi-nose Electro-Motive GP20 DLC.

Now available, Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1 is just the first of exciting Train Simulator scenario packs to come for popular routes, all of which promises to provide hours of additional and authentic railroading challenges and enjoyment for users of Train Simulator! – Gary Dolzall

Western Pacific symbol freight “WPX,” the Western Pacific Expeditor, operated from Stockton, California to a connection with the Union Pacific at Salt Lake City, Utah, and behind a quartet of GE U30Bs, the WPX is on the move from Oroville as a westbound freight passes (above), then later on during its climb of the Feather River Canyon’s west slope, it meets another westbound powered by veteran WP F7s (below). The eastbound climb of WPX is re-created as a multi-part scenario in the now-available Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1.

Western Pacific symbol freight “WPX,” the Western Pacific Expeditor, operated from Stockton, California to a connection with the Union Pacific at Salt Lake City, Utah, and behind a quartet of GE U30Bs, the WPX is on the move from Oroville as a westbound freight passes (above), then later on during its climb of the Feather River Canyon’s west slope, it meets another westbound powered by veteran WP F7s (below). The eastbound climb of WPX is re-created as a multi-part scenario in the now-available Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1.

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Working the local industries around Oroville, California, Western Pacific EMD GP20 2001 gathers a string of boxcars in the career switching scenario “Oroville Morning Call.” All article screenshots are from scenarios included in Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1.

Working the local industries around Oroville, California, Western Pacific EMD GP20 2001 gathers a string of boxcars in the career switching scenario “Oroville Morning Call.” All article screenshots are from scenarios included in Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1.

Western Pacific symbol freight MDX, the "Mid-Day Expeditor," was, despite its name, a low-priority westbound operating between Salt Lake City and Central California. With a pair of veteran F7s as power, the MDX is making a pickup of lumber flats at Quincy Junction.

Western Pacific symbol freight MDX, the “Mid-Day Expeditor,” was, despite its name, a low-priority westbound operating between Salt Lake City and Central California. With a pair of veteran F7s as power, the MDX is making a pickup of lumber flats at Quincy Junction.

It’s a raw, gloomy day at famed Keddie, California as Western Pacific “KGT,” a Keddie to Greenville local turn that will work up the Inside Gateway with a pair of GE U30Bs as power, begins its day by assembling its consist while a priority piggyback rolls past on the main line.

It’s a raw, gloomy day at famed Keddie, California as Western Pacific “KGT,” a Keddie to Greenville local turn that will work up the Inside Gateway with a pair of GE U30Bs as power, begins its day by assembling its consist while a priority piggyback rolls past on the main line.

One of the hottest trains on the Western Pacific was "OME," the "Overland Mail East," which carried Oakland-Chicago priority piggyback traffic and made a connection with the Union Pacific at Salt Lake City. Limited to 40 cars per consist, the OME would, when traffic demanded, run in multiple sections and such is the case on this evening as the first and second sections of OME briefly meet at Oroville yard (above). Following first OME up the canyon, the second section (below) is entrusted to a quartet of veteran but still able Western Pacific F7s.

One of the hottest trains on the Western Pacific was “OME,” the “Overland Mail East,” which carried Oakland-Chicago priority piggyback traffic and made a connection with the Union Pacific at Salt Lake City. Limited to 40 cars per consist, the OME would, when traffic demanded, run in multiple sections and such is the case on this evening as the first and second sections of OME briefly meet at Oroville yard (above). Following first OME up the canyon, the second section (below) is entrusted to a quartet of veteran but still able Western Pacific F7s.

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Coming off the Inside Gateway, Western Pacific Train 137 prepares to continue westbound as the caboose of an eastbound mainline freight clears Spanish Creek Trestle at Keddie. On this snowy day, Train 137 is powered by a trio of WP’s stylish hi-nose EMD GP20s.

Coming off the Inside Gateway, Western Pacific Train 137 prepares to continue westbound as the caboose of an eastbound mainline freight clears Spanish Creek Trestle at Keddie. On this snowy day, Train 137 is powered by a trio of WP’s stylish hi-nose EMD GP20s.

It is 1983, shortly after the merger of the Western Pacific into the Union Pacific, and UP symbol train “TGW,” the Tidewater Grain West, is forwarding a shipment of Midwestern grain to Turlock, California. The dynamic brakes of the UP SD40-2s are humming as the heavy grain train carefully descends the 1 percent grade of the Feather River Canyon route’s west slope.

It is 1983, shortly after the merger of the Western Pacific into the Union Pacific, and UP symbol train “TGW,” the Tidewater Grain West, is forwarding a shipment of Midwestern grain to Turlock, California. The dynamic brakes of the UP SD40-2s are humming as the heavy grain train carefully descends the 1 percent grade of the Feather River Canyon route’s west slope.

The Quincy Railroad short line has leased a unique Union Pacific SW10 "Hammerhead" switcher while its own power is down for repairs, and the short line's morning job is ready to begin switching at Quincy, then make the run up the steep grade to Quincy Junction.

The Quincy Railroad short line has leased a unique Union Pacific SW10 “Hammerhead” switcher while its own power is down for repairs, and the short line’s morning job is ready to begin switching at Quincy, then make the run up the steep grade to Quincy Junction.

 Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1 includes 10 operationally realistic and historically authentic career scenarios re-creating the Western Pacific and early Union Pacific eras on the Train Simulator Feather River Canyon route – and the pack is now available at the Steam Store!

Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1 includes 10 operationally realistic and historically authentic career scenarios re-creating the Western Pacific and early Union Pacific eras on the Train Simulator Feather River Canyon route – and the pack is now available at the Steam Store!

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2 Comments

  • Profile photo of Bohdan Horst

    Great news, We all love your scenarios : )

    Is there any chance to other scenario pack for other american routes?

    • Profile photo of Bohdan Horst

      I am answering myself.. ” Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 1 is just the first of exciting Train Simulator scenario packs to come for popular routes” – any hints which route will be next? (my personal 3 favourites are Canadian Mountain Passes (with your scenarios), Stevens Pass and Marias Pass)

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