Military Special!

Written by: Gary Dolzall

Dovetail Games’ TS Rewards program this month features military equipment – and Gary Dolzall of Elphaba’s Workshop puts it to work on Sherman Hill

The first rapid growth spurt of American railroad-building occurred in the 1850s, when railroad mileage in the U. S. grew from approximately 9,000 route miles at the start of the decade to more than 30,000 route miles by 1860, with rails stretching from the Atlantic shores to the Mississippi River. And thus it was – with the coming of the American Civil War, which began on April 12, 1861 – that the railroads would prove themselves strategically invaluable for the military movement of men and materiel across the great expanses of the nation. And so it has been ever since, whether during World War I, World War II, or today.

Dovetail Games’ latest TS Rewards release brings the heritage of military haulage to life, in contemporary terms, with flatcars carrying a variety of modern military hardware, including personnel carriers and armor. Also included in the TS Rewards package is an authentic career scenario that Elphaba’s Workshop had the privilege of creating, and that puts the TS Rewards military pack to work on Train Simulator’s popular Union Pacific Sherman Hill route.

Across the U. S., the military often employs dedicated movements to convoy equipment from one base to another or in preparation for transport outside the country. The individual railroads treat these movements somewhat differently, but in most cases, the trains are operated as specials and/or as extras. In the case of the career scenario for the Rewards pack, we decided to represent a heavy military special moving east over Union Pacific’s Laramie Subdivision and famed Sherman Hill. Typical of the manner in which Union Pacific designates its trains, the military train in the scenario is “S-RVKCX.” The “S” signifies the train is a special (as does the “X” at the end, indicating it is an extra movement). And the “RVKC” in the middle of the designation indicates it is a movement from Roseville, California (“RV”) to Kansas City (“KC”). As such, the train will be crossing Sherman Hill eastbound from Laramie, then taking the “Borie Cutoff” to reach UP’s Denver line for eventual forwarding on to Kansas City. For motive power, we selected a duo of UP’s potent Electro-Motive SD70Ms and, in fact, the Union Pacific often assigns SD70-family locomotives to military trains moving over its route system.

As the scenario, entitled “Union Pacific Military Special East,” begins, the train has been temporarily yarded at Laramie, but is ready to make its climb up and over Sherman Hill (which is named, by the way, in honor of the legendary Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman). The career scenario run of S-RVKCX extends all the way from Laramie to the east end of the Borie Cutoff, and thus involves both a climb of Sherman Hill’s west slope and a careful descent of the route’s steep (1.5 percent gradient) east slope. As is virtually always the case, the Sherman Hill route is humming with other UP tonnage, and that traffic includes another eastbound train that S-RVKCX will be following over much of its journey, requiring the engineer to keep a keen eye out for restricting signals and possible brief delays.

The included career scenario is, no doubt, just the beginning of the enjoyment and challenges that the TS Rewards military pack will offer users of Train Simulator. The pack is, in fact, wonderfully suited for use on virtually any of Train Simulator’s North American routes, and most assuredly will prove to be popular with Steam Workshop creators in the future. – Gary Dolzall

 

TS Rewards this month provides a variety of military hardware (above and below) on flats, ready for rail transport – and puts the equipment to work in a career scenario on Train Simulator’s Union Pacific Sherman Hill route. All screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

TS Rewards this month provides a variety of military hardware (above and below) on flats, ready for rail transport – and puts the equipment to work in a career scenario on Train Simulator’s Union Pacific Sherman Hill route. All screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

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A pair of Union Pacific SW10 “Hammerhead” switchers working Laramie Yard roll past a string of Humvees awaiting transport in the career scenario “Union Pacific Military Special East.”

A pair of Union Pacific SW10 “Hammerhead” switchers working Laramie Yard roll past a string of Humvees awaiting transport in the career scenario “Union Pacific Military Special East.”

Union Pacific military special S-RVKCX awaits the passage of a fast-moving westbound stack train at Laramie Yard (above), then, with a pair of UP EMD SD70Ms as power, begins its journey (below) east over the Laramie Subdivision and famed Sherman Hill.

Union Pacific military special S-RVKCX awaits the passage of a fast-moving westbound stack train at Laramie Yard (above), then, with a pair of UP EMD SD70Ms as power, begins its journey (below) east over the Laramie Subdivision and famed Sherman Hill.

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Union Pacific’s famed Sherman Hill always promises to be busy, and such is the case as the eastbound military special, shortly after departure from Laramie, passes a westbound unit grain train powered by a trio of General Electric ES44AC diesels.

Union Pacific’s famed Sherman Hill always promises to be busy, and such is the case as the eastbound military special, shortly after departure from Laramie, passes a westbound unit grain train powered by a trio of General Electric ES44AC diesels.

Union Pacific S-RVKCX climbs the west slope of Sherman Hill near Colores, Wyoming (above) and later, reaches the 8,015-foot summit of the historic route at Sherman (below).

Union Pacific S-RVKCX climbs the west slope of Sherman Hill near Colores, Wyoming (above) and later, reaches the 8,015-foot summit of the historic route at Sherman (below).

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Dynamic braking is the order of business as UP EMD SD70M 4884 carefully leads military special S-RVKCX down the steep eastern slope of Train Simulator’s Sherman Hill route (above), then nears the end of its run on the Borie Cutoff (below).

Dynamic braking is the order of business as UP EMD SD70M 4884 carefully leads military special S-RVKCX down the steep eastern slope of Train Simulator’s Sherman Hill route (above), then nears the end of its run on the Borie Cutoff (below).

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Featured in an authentic career scenario for Train Simulator’s Sherman Hill route entitled “UP Military Special East” (above), the contemporary military equipment included in this month’s TS Rewards program is also ideally suited for virtually any North American route – and will certainly prove to be a favorite of Steam Workshop scenario creators!

Featured in an authentic career scenario for Train Simulator’s Sherman Hill route entitled “UP Military Special East” (above), the contemporary military equipment included in this month’s TS Rewards program is also ideally suited for virtually any North American route – and will certainly prove to be a favorite of Steam Workshop scenario creators!

Gary Dolzall

12 Comments

  • I have recently signed up for TS Rewards, is there any way I can still get this pack in 2017?

    • If you own Sherman Hill, you should already have this.

  • I have TS 2016!and have downloaded Union Pacific S-RVKCX and it shows added in my steam account but I can’t find it anywhere. This als happened with the hand cart can someone please enlighten me as to how to find these items in the TS 2016 because I can’t find them

  • I have tried to use the code and it says that I already own this, but I do not have any of the consists or features

    • Please follow the instructions on this page. Please also note that we have a dedicated site for technical support, when experiencing problems such as these, please can you submit a ticket where our trained Support Team will do what they can to hepl you overcome your problems.

  • I got Train Simulator Deluxe 2012 for Steam which has since then updated to TS 2016 in the 4 years i have had this game i never knew anything about rewards till shortly before making a account and making this comment.

    Now the question i have even though i got the simulator in 2012 would i or anyone who has bought the game before the 2016 version be eligible to get rewards despite having not bought the 2016 edition but instead upgraded to it via updates?

    • Only those who have purchased TS2016: Steam Edition or TS2016: Standard Edition are eligible for TS Rewards.

  • Alright, so since I’m new to this website, I’ve signed the Newsletter Signup multiple times already, but what will happen if I do the Newsletter Signup? If I’m doing something wrong, what do I need to do right?

    I’m just so anxious to get the military flatcars on my game, because I hear they are worth getting!

    • The Newsletter Sign up only gives you our Train Simulator Newsletter each week. In order to receive TS Rewards you need to have purchased TS2016: Steam Edition or TS2016: Standard Edition. When you launch either of those versions, you will be presented with a sign up box to register for TS Rewards. If you’ve closed this box before registering, you’ll need to submit a ticket to our Support Team who will guide you through the process of registering for TS Rewards.

      • I just recently submitted a ticket to that website, telling them I’m ready to receive the military cars.

  • This looks like lots of fun! Sadly, I never received mine – can anyone help?

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