Written by: Gary Dolzall
Steam-era logging and lumber railroading is coming to Train Simulator with the Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack!
Across America in the 19th and early 20th centuries, in backwoods locations ranging from the sand pines of the Carolinas to the granite spires of the Colorado Rockies to the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, railroads busied themselves hauling logs and lumber. And now, the captivating appeal of steam-era logging and lumber railroading is coming to Train Simulator!
The upcoming Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack, created by Dovetail Games’ partner programme member Romantic Railroads, delivers the opportunity to transform the popular Clear Creek Narrow Gauge route (available separately) into a mountainous logging line and to take the throttle of diminutive Porter-built steam locomotives like those that so often worked on logging railroads across the continent.
The H. K. Porter Company, for nearly a century from 1866 through 1950, supplied railroads and industrial companies with pocket-sized motive power and, in fact, constructed more than 7,000 locomotives, most of which were small and steam-powered.
The Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack brings to Train Simulator three narrow-gauge Porter-built locomotives highly representative of typical North American logging steam power: Included in the pack are a Porter saddle-tank 0-4-0T and 0-4-2T, both of which are coal-burners and (in licensed markets) wear Colorado & Southern liveries. And also included is a remarkable wood-burning, tender-equipped 2-6-0 “Mogul.” This locomotive is a re-creation of the Argent Lumber Company’s locomotive No. 3, which was constructed by Porter in 1905, worked that company’s lumber-hauling operations in South Carolina, and was nicknamed the “Swamp Rat.”
The pack’s steam locomotives include a variety of advanced and interesting operating features, such as operating smoke box doors and stack cleaning caps – and the potential for cylinder damage and even a boiler explosion if not operated properly!
To tote logs and lumber, the upcoming Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack includes Russel Wheel & Car Company wooden log cars; wooden stake flats (for hauling milled lumber), and an aged wooden crew car (caboose).
In addition to its three vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock, the Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack provides a variety of unique structures ideal for bringing logging railroading to full operational life on the Clear Creek Narrow Gauge route. To create a dynamic lumber industry, the pack includes an animated saw mill, a pond unloader, a Surry Parker log loader, and a lumber loader! And to service the diminutive Porter steam locomotives, the pack also provides a water tower, coaling station, and sanding tower.
The upcoming Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack will soon bring the best of classic, steam-era log- and lumber-hauling railroading to Train Simulator! – Gary Dolzall ■