Written by: Gary Dolzall
New commuter – and freight – action will come to life on the expansion Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route
Coming soon to Train Simulator, the Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route is an extension to the highly popular San Francisco – San Jose route released in 2016 that will now bring you even more realistic and challenging commuter – and freight – railroading!
Let’s take a look at the exciting key elements of this upcoming expanded route:
Caltrain service extension to Gilroy: With this route extension, you’ll have the opportunity to operate Caltrain’s complete Peninsula and Santa Clara Valley commuter operations, from San Francisco, via San Jose and Tamien, to Gilroy, California, a total distance of 77 route miles. In addition to re-creating the full distance of the Caltrain operation, the extension includes six new commuter station stops, plus Caltrain lay-over yards at Tamien and Gilroy.
Caltrain F40PH-2CAT and Nippon Sharyo bi-bevels: The Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route will include Caltrain’s workhorse Electro-Motive F40PH-2CAT diesel locomotives and distinctive Nippon Sharyo bi-level “push-pull” commuter equipment, where they will join the commuter railroad’s MPI MP36PH-3C and Bombardier bi-levels for comprehensive Caltrain operations.
San Francisco Bay Pier District: Expanded commuter operations is not the only exciting element included in the upcoming Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route, which will deliver extraordinary and challenging Union Pacific freight operations! One addition is the expansive pier district of San Francisco Bay, where you’ll have the opportunity to switch the sprawling industrial piers and squeeze through tight, street-running territory.
Port of Redwood City: The complete branch line serving the Port of Redwood City is also included in this upcoming route expansion, offering even more challenging industrial switching and street-running. Together, the San Francisco Bay Pier District and Port of Redwood City will represent countless hours of challenging and enjoyable switching duty!
Union Pacific Hollister Branch: The route extension to Gilroy is not the southern end of trackage on this expanded route, which in fact extends some 15 miles further south from Gilroy and includes Union Pacific’s Carnadero Junction and bucolic Hollister Branch, which will offer a true branch line railroading experience. Together with Union Pacific’s EMD GP38-2, an expanded range of UP freight rolling stock will be included in the upcoming the Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route!
In the coming weeks here at Train-Simulator.com, we’ll be fully exploring the features and operational aspects of the upcoming the Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route (which will be available as a fully self-contained route and available at a special discount for existing customers of the Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – San Jose route). And now, in the advance screenshots below, let’s take a closer look at the upcoming Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route! – Gary Dolzall ■