Written by: TrainSim-James
To celebrate the release of the Amtrak Dash 8-32BWH, we have reduced the price of several American routes and locomotives for a limited time only, save whilst you can and complete you collection alongside the Dash 8!
Miami – West Palm Beach
The 70 mile (114 km) long route runs parallel to the Southeast Florida coast and has 18 stations along its length. A typical station on the route is composed of two side platforms connected by an overpass and two tracks, one for southbound trains and the other for northbound trains
The most notable station along the stretch of line is West Palm Beach, which opened to passengers in 1925. This station was fully restored in 1991 and is on the National Register of Historic Places, its pastel walls and iconic architecture contrast the heady diesels that roll through.
Under an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation, CSX provides dispatch services, plant maintenance and freight traffic on the route, alongside passenger services operated by Amtrak. The route is relatively high speed too, with a maximum permissible speed of 79mph (127 km/h) for passenger traffic and 60mph (96 km/h) for freight traffic.
Pacific Surfliner® LA – San Diego
It’s not all beaches and surfing in California – the stunning Pacific Surfliner® LA – San Diego route for Train Simulator takes you through some of the US state’s most stunning scenery, past golden beaches and into sprawling cityscapes.
The 128 mile route between California’s two largest cities first saw Pacific Surfliner® services in 2000, and today carries more than 2.8 million passengers annually. Amtrak, Metrolink and Coaster services can be seen regularly on the route, which also hosts a varied mix of passenger and freight operations.
The interesting mix of lazy Southern California shore towns and oceanside single-track railroading, semi-mountainous regions and busy suburban junctions, spectacular scenery and atmospheric night lighting make the Pacific Surfliner® LA – San Diego route the perfect challenge for budding Train Engineers.
Miami Commuter Rail F40PHL-2
The F40PHL-2 is among the most unique and fascinating locomotives found in the U. S. While similar in design and purpose to the famed Electro-Motive F40PH diesel, the F40PHL-2 model was custom-built in 1988 for South Florida’s Tri-Rail commuter agency by locomotive remanufacturer Morrison-Knudsen, a firm also known as a construction and engineering company, building such famed infrastructure projects as the Hoover Dam and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
The F40PHL-2 was built on the frames of retired Conrail GP40 locomotives, with 3,200 horsepower Electro-Motive 645-series power plants and EMD Dash 2 electronics. The units’ 645-series engine provides power both for traction and for a HEP generator to provide electricity to its commuter consist.. To give the unique diesels a stylish exterior, Morrison-Knudsen used ex-Burlington Northern F45 cabs and carbodies.
With five F40PHL-2 diesels as motive power, Tri-Rail began operating commuter services on the Miami – West Palm Beach route in January 1989. Initially serving with the F40PHL-2 were Bombardier-built bi-level commuter coaches and cab cars purchased from GO Transit in Canada.
San Diego Commuter Rail F59PHI
Built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division, the F59PHI is most commonly used on passenger trains throughout North America. Most significantly, it was also the first train to meet California’s strict emission standards, a feature that has seen its use across North America.
Entering service in 1994, and continuing to be constructed for the next seven years, the F59PHI – successor to the F59PH – was fitted with a turbocharged 3,200hp, EMD 12-710E3 prime mover, giving a top speed of 110mph (177 km/h) with standard gearing.
The San Diego Commuter Rail F59PHI features an independent locomotive brake, cab lights, parking brake, engine start/stop procedure, Cab Control Car and passenger cars.
Los Angeles Commuter Rail F59PH
Based on the GP59, the first in the F59 Series – the F59PH – is a common diesel electric locomotive used by a number of North American railroads.
The F59PH, built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division, offered a more fuel efficiency and more efficient driving conditions than its predecessors, and was first introduced by both Metrolink and GO Transit, two popular commuter railroads in North America.
Its 3,000 horsepower and turbocharged, 12 cylinder prime mover offers a top speed of 83mph (133 km/h), and although has been withdrawn from service by GO Transit, still remains an essential locomotive for other North American railroads.