Logs and Locomotives

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

Classic steam-era logging and lumber railroading is coming soon to Train Simulator with the Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack! Among three narrow gauge steam locomotives featured in the pack are Porter-built 0-4-0T (above) and 0-4-2T locomotives as typically served logging operations throughout the U. S. Over nearly a century, Porter constructed more than 7,000 diminutive locomotives. All screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

What could be more appropriate for hauling logs than a wood-burner! The Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack includes Porter-built 2-6-0 “Mogul” No. 3, which is a re-creation of the famed “Swamp Rat” locomotive built in 1905 and operated by Argent Lumber Company. Note: Screenshots may depict content still in development.

Diminutive saddle-tank 0-4-0T No. 8 is dwarfed not only by the logs it is hauling, but by the Clear Creek’s water tower at Georgetown (above), while on a snowy day in the Rockies, Mogul No. 3 is climbing out of Forks Creek with loads of finished lumber in tow.

Wood-burning Mogul No. 3 totes logs through Golden while a pair of Porter saddle-tank locomotives await the call. The Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack includes vintage water, sand, and coaling facilities to serve the logging locomotives.

A steam-powered loader is placing massive logs on a train at Golden (above), while at Fork Creek, a fully animated saw mill (below) is busy at work producing tonnage for the narrow gauge. The Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack provides a variety of structures to bring the logging and lumber trade to life in Train Simulator.

Rolling stock featured in the Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack includes Russel Wheel & Car Company log flat cars (above) and wooden stake flats for hauling milled lumber (below).

A rustic wooden crew car (caboose) provides a home for the conductor and brakeman during mainline logging runs.

The combination of locomotives, logs, and lumber promise great new Train Simulator experiences – and it’s all coming soon with the Clear Creek Log and Lumber Expansion Pack!

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Gary Dolzall

13 Comments

  • While this expansion seems very cool, it was actually more common to see geared logging locomotives on lumbering lines than porters. (Shays, Heislers, and Climaxes) it would be awesome if you offered these 3 types. I would buy them in a heartbeat. Would even be awesome if you guys did West Virginia Pulp and Paper (or even Mower Lumber Company) in Cass, WV.

  • Very cool! Did the C&S ever use shay type locomotives? Like the ones where the drive rods, cranks and pistons are visible from the outside. That would be a cool dlc!

  • Can you guys make the Union Pacific Columbia River Gorge for a next USA route?

    • There are no plans to make this route currently but I’ll certainly add this to the suggestion list for future consideration.

  • Shades of another logging route (never completed). Looks interesting and as well done as the original route.

  • Very excited! Hope they all have different sounds

  • Truly wonderful. A typical American lumber loco. I had the chance to ride one on holiday once in Florida, and I know this is still in development, but shouldn’t it have a bell? This may not be something GWR, but as far as American steam: wonderful, the true rough and tumble locos that get overshadowed by Shays.

  • Amazing! I can’t wait, this pack looks awesome!

  • This will easily be one of the best U.S. add-ons ever released.

  • OH MY LORD!!!! This looks like an interesting expansion!!! 😀

  • This is great, but what about the Shay, Climax, and Heisler locomotives that are the definition of north american lumber railroading. Also this would be a great subject for a workshop route.

  • This really makes me want to get the Clear Creek route now! Looks pretty decent for an expansion pack, however you may want to put a discount on it for those who own the Clear Creek route. I may check it out when I get the chance.

  • YES! This is exactly what me need for the Clear Creek.

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