Commuter Railroading Extravaganza

Written by: Gary Dolzall

Introducing North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01

Train Simulator’s recently released North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines route is host to 100+ route miles of American commuter railroading – and now the new North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01 puts you at the throttle for diverse and challenging contemporary NJ Transit commuter operations!

Developed by High Iron Simulations, creator of Train Simulator’s popular partner programme North American scenario packs plus more than 275 highly regarded scenarios available at Steam Workshop, the North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01 features ten new career scenarios based upon authentic operations that will put you at the controls of NJ Transit electric, diesel, and dual-power locomotives; classic EMUs; and “push-pull” cab cars!

In North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01, you’ll be called for duty to and from famed New York Penn Station and historic Hoboken Terminal to handle commuter railroading challenges on both NJT’s iconic Morristown Line and its bustling North Jersey Coast Line. Let’s take a look at the diverse equipment experiences and range of contemporary and realistic commuter operations featured in this latest scenario pack:

NJ Transit Bombardier ALP-45DP:

In the two-part career scenario “Dover Bound,” you’ll climb aboard an NJ Transit Bombardier-built dual-power ALP-45DP locomotive to take charge of NJ Transit Train 643, a Comet-equipped consist making a late afternoon scheduled departure from famed Hoboken Terminal. With the unique ALP-45DP operating in electric mode, you’ll have 5,300-horsepower on call to keep the train on schedule as you head for Dover on the busy and challenging Morristown Line.

NJ Transit Bombardier MultiLevel Cab Car:

NJ Transit’s fleet of Bombardier-built MultiLevel commuter cars dominate the railroad’s “push-pull” operations, and you’ll be the engineer aboard a modern MultiLevel cab car on the point of an NJ Transit “Midtown Direct” commuter run from Dover to New York Penn Station. The two-part scenario “Midtown Direct” puts you at controls of early morning NJT Train 6616 as you make your way over the Morristown Line, then, via the Kearny Connection, swing onto the bustling Amtrak Northeast Corridor for the final lap into Manhattan.

NJ Transit Bombardier/Adtranz ALP-46 electric:

NJ Transit’s 7,100-horspower ALP-46 is a modern-day electric workhorse. Two scenarios included in North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01 will put you at the throttle of the powerful ALP-46. In “Trenton Local,” you’ll start work at New York Penn Station and handle NJ Transit Train 3833, a mid-morning local bound from Penn Station serving the Northeast Corridor. Among the mainstay services of NJ Transit are the railroad’s 3200-series trains between New York and Long Branch on the North Jersey Coast Line, and in the career scenario “Long Branch Bound,” you’ll be the engineer of NJ Transit Train 3281, headed for Long Branch on a wintry day with an ALP-46 powering a string of MultiLevel cars.

NJ Transit Arrow III EMU:

In contrast to the ultra-modern ALP-45DP or ALP-46, NJ Transit’s iconic Arrow III cars provide the experience of operating a classic electric-multiple-unit (EMU). Constructed by General Electric in 1977-78, the venerable Arrow III EMUs have served NJ Transit through four decades. With North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01, you’ll have the opportunity to put the Arrow III EMUs through their paces on both the Morristown and North Jersey Coast portions of the route. In the scenario “Arrows to Hoboken,” you’ll be the engineer of NJT Train 414 coming off the Gladstone Branch and entering the Morristown Line west of Summit, then making the run to Hoboken Terminal with seven intermediate stops. And in the career scenario “Coast Line Arrows,” you will be called for duty on NJ Transit Train 3502, a South Amboy-to-Penn Station service with a 7:06 am departure from South Amboy.

NJ Transit EMD GP40PH-2B:

New Jersey Transit’s distinctive EMD GP40PH-2B diesels continue to serve in regular commuter service, but the veteran locomotives are also called upon for NJT maintenance-of-way work. Such is the case in the career scenario “NJ Transit M-O-W Extra,” as you are called as engineer of weekend Extra 4213 East, which, with a pair of GP40PH-2B diesels as power, will be lugging a string of cars used in M-O-W duty from the yard in Morristown to Newark.

NJ Transit Comet IV Cab Car:

NJ Transit’s Comet IV cab cars and coaches came to the railroad in 1996 to equip the railroad’s then-new Midtown Direct services, but have since been reallocated to other duties. In the scenario “Boonton Line Inbound,” you will be at the controls of a Comet IV cab car leading Hoboken-bound Boonton Line Train 1006, ready to enter the Morristown Line at Roseville. After arrival at Hoboken Terminal, you’ll then switch from the Comet IV cab car to the ALP-45DP powering the train and make a deadhead movement to NJT’s Meadows Maintenance Center.

Note: This pack’s scenarios require the North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines route (which includes the ALP-45DP and ALP-46) and content from the NEC: New York – New Haven route. Select individual scenarios also require Train Simulator’s NJ Transit® Arrow III EMU and NJ Transit® GP40PH-2B (each DLC available separately).

In North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01 and its ten career scenarios, the bustling, challenging, and authentic experiences of contemporary American commuter railroading at its dramatic best awaits you. North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01 is now available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores! – Gary Dolzall

Now available, North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01 includes 10 realistic Train Simulator career scenarios that put you at the controls of a variety of NJ Transit equipment for challenging commuter operations! In the two-part scenario “Dover Bound,” you’ll climb aboard ALP-45DP 4513 for a run from Hoboken Terminal to Dover, New Jersey on the busy and challenging Morristown Line. Shortly after departure from Hoboken, ALP-45DP leads NJT Train 643 past the sprawling Meadows Maintenance Complex (above), then, at the end of its journey, pulls into Dover Station (below). All screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

You’ll go to work at the controls of a modern Bombardier MultiLevel cab car leading a flagship NJ Transit “Midtown Direct” run from Dover to New York Penn Station in the two-part scenario “Midtown Direct.” The railroad is busy as early morning Midtown Direct Train 6616 makes its way through Dover Yard (above), then later makes a stop to pick up Manhattan-bound commuters at the Morristown Line’s Summit station (below).

North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01 provides two opportunities to handle the 7,100-horsepower of NJ Transit’s workhorse ALP-46 electric. In the career scenario “Trenton Local,” you’ll be called at New York Penn Station to operate ALP-46-powered local commuter Train 3833 on a run down the Northeast Corridor (above). And in the scenario “Long Branch Bound,” you’ll tackle wintry weather as you operate NJ Transit Train 3281 on the famed and scenic rail route down the Jersey Shore (below).

In North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01 you’ll climb aboard NJ Transit’s venerable and iconic Arrow III EMUs to work both on the Morristown Line and the North Jersey Coast Line. In the scenario “Arrows to Hoboken,” you’ll be the engineer of NJT Train 414 coming off the Gladstone Branch, then making the run to Hoboken Terminal with seven intermediate stops including classic Newark Broad Street (above). And in the scenario “Coast Line Arrows,” you will be called for duty on NJ Transit Train 3502, a South Amboy-Penn Station service operating via the NJCL and bustling Northeast Corridor (below).

New Jersey Transit’s GP40PH-2B diesels continue to serve in commuter service, but the veterans are also used in NJT maintenance-of-way work. Such is the case in the scenario “NJ Transit M-O-W Extra,” as you are the engineer of NJT Extra 4213 East, called to handle a string of cars used in M-O-W duty from the yard in Morristown to Newark.

In a scene from the scenario “Boonton Line Inbound,” NJ Transit Comet IV cab car 5013 emerges from the Bergen Hill tunnels (above) as Train 1006 approaches Hoboken Terminal. After arriving Hoboken, you’ll then switch to the opposite end of the consist and a make deadhead movement to NJT’s Meadows Maintenance Complex aboard ALP-45DP 4501 (below).

Whether the experience is pulling into historic Hoboken Terminal with a classic set of Arrow III EMUs (above) or taking the throttle of NJT’s most modern equipment, you’ll enjoy the challenges of authentic operations across much of the NJ Transit rail system in the new North Jersey Coast & Morristown Lines Scenario Pack 01, available here.

We’re always happy to receive your comments below but please ensure they are related to the subject of the article, we’ll remove any that appear to be unrelated.

Gary Dolzall

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.