Written by: Gary Dolzall
Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor route brings California commuter – and freight – operations to life!
California’s magnificent San Francisco Bay Peninsula and famed “Silicon Valley” is host to dynamic commuter railroading and challenging contemporary freight operations on Train Simulator’s new Peninsula Corridor route, available at the Steam Store!
Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor route extends over 47 miles of multiple track between San Francisco’s bustling 4th & King Street station and San Jose’s stylish Diridon station, and in between features more than 20 intermediate stations served by commuter operator Caltrain.
Formed in the 1980s to take over the legendary “Peninsula Commute Services” previously operated by the Southern Pacific, Caltrain has emerged as one of America’s most innovative and successful commuter rail operators, today serving more than 17 million commuters and travelers annually. On Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor route, Caltrain’s popular “Baby Bullet” express commuter trains are featured, and the route includes the distinctive and rakish Motive Power, Inc. (MPI) “MPXpress” MP36PH-3C diesels and Bombardier Bi-Level cab cars and commuter coaches that are regularly assigned to the Baby Bullets.
With 24 intermediate Caltrain station stops to serve between San Francisco and San Jose, commuter railroading on the Peninsula Corridor route is challenging – and often fast-paced (commuter trains operate at up to 79 mph on the line). And this new Train Simulator route masterfully re-creates Caltrain’s many unique stations, such as those at Millbrae, San Bruno, San Mateo, Burlingame, and Sunnyvale. The route also includes Caltrain’s expansive Central Equipment & Maintenance Facility (CEMOF) located near San Jose’s Diridon station.
As busy – and challenging – as contemporary commuter operations on the Peninsula Corridor route are, hauling people is not the only story on this highly authentic new route. When, in 1996, Southern Pacific was merged into western rail giant Union Pacific, the UP assumed freight operations on the Peninsula. Union Pacific operates switching, local, and road-haul freights out of the snug freight yard at South San Francisco, and Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor route features a Union Pacific Electro-Motive GP38-2 and accompanying UP freight rolling stock, providing the opportunity to test your skills at freight duties.
Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor route includes seven career scenarios (re-creating a variety of Caltrain and Union Pacific operations) as well as three railfan scenarios – and no doubt many community-created scenarios for the route will appear at Steam Workshop.
Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor route is available at the Store, and this new authentic and famed rail route promises fast-paced American commuter railroading – and challenging freight operations – along California’s legendary and vibrant San Francisco Bay Peninsula! – Gary Dolzall ■