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 ■