Northeast Corridor Content Updates

Written by: TrainSim-James

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2017, we have recently released an update for the Northeast Corridor: New York – Philadelphia, Amtrak Acela Express, Amtrak HHP-8 and PRR GG1.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:

Northeast Corridor: New York – Philadelphia

  • Improved a number of scenery assets and textures
  • Improved a number of object placement issues throughout the route
  • Fixed the moon to remove the black halo
  • Fixed an issue with road traffic throughout the route
  • Fixed an issue with floating track throughout the route
  • Fixed an issue with Simple controls on the AEM-7
  • Fixed an issue with dark Cab textures on the AEM-7
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the wipers to disappear on the AEM-7
  • Fixed an issue that caused couplings to stretch between the Amfleet coaches
  • Fixed a number of timetable issues in scenarios for the AEM-7
  • Fixed a number of text issues in scenarios for the AEM-7
  • Fixed ‘The Big Apple’ Free-roam scenario marker so trains can be selected

Amtrak® Acela Express

  • Added a new Passenger View mode to the consist
  • Fixed an issue with the cruise control system
  • Fixed a number of timetable issues in scenarios
  • Fixed a number of text issues in scenarios

Amtrak® HHP-8

  • Fixed an issue that caused couplings to stretch between the Amfleet coaches
  • Fixed the Quick drive consists to have the correct numbers of cars

PRR GG1

  • Fixed an issue with AI trains
  • Fixed a number of timetable issues in scenarios
  • Fixed a number of text issues in scenarios
  • The duration of scenarios are now properly represented

If you own the Northeast Corridor: New York – Philadelphia, Amtrak Acela Express, Amtrak HHP-8 and/or PRR GG1, the update will download automatically from Steam. If you have any problems/queries with regard to the update, leave a comment below or submit a ticket to our support site where our Support Team will be ready to assist.

If you do not yet own any of these Add-Ons, now is the perfect time to explore the classic Northeast Corridor, in either fast, modern, or timeless traction!

No Updated Content? Steam File Verify

In the unlikely event that Steam fails to update the Add-Ons listed in the article, you’ll need to perform a file verify and ensure Steam provisions your installation properly. Follow the instructions listed at this link to perform a file verify to reset your installation to default. Note that this process can take some time to complete and, if you have a high number of Add-Ons, we’d recommend you do this overnight.

If you find that after the file verify has completed, you are confident you have not received the update, please contact our Support Team by submitting a ticket to our support site where someone will assist you directly

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TrainSim-James

20 Comments

  • Hello people of Train Simulator, I am here to start getting in with the Train Simulator community, because I am into trains etc. I also want to help advise new things you guys can do, I know the Train Simulator team is very busy, though I will give you a catalog of organized things you can do when you have the time.

    • Hi Killian, welcome to the community, nice to have you aboard.

  • Well nice to see the Northeast Corridor come back. Anyways since there is the Northeast Corridor to New Haven for TS and it has Metro-North operations, will there be the Hudson Line which is similar to the New Haven Line with the terminals of Grand Central and New York Penn. The line goes 74 mi (119 km) from those terminals in New York to Poughkeepsie, NY. The line is pretty scenic with the Hudson River , has many landscapes, has four track electrified third rail 33 miles up and has two diesel tracks all the way up to Poughkeepsie. So I think this would be a great route for Train Simulator with both Amtrak and Metro-North operations. If it’s set in present day or back in the 1980’s when Metro-North was formed or the 1990’s, it’s fine.

    • Nice suggestion MetroNorth2000, will certainly make sure this goes on our list.

      • Thank you Steve! I fully support MetroNorth2000’s idea for the Hudson Line from New York City to Poughkeepsie, NY and I’d love to see Dovetail Games make it, especially if it is for Train Sim World. Thanks again for adding it to the list!

    • I want to help out with that. The Hudson Line is a great line you should add. It has tons of Amtrak trains, the Hudson River, and some amazing stations. It is rated the best Metro North Line by a ton of people. Though, I want to give you some info.

      Here is the Hudson Line Article for extra info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_Line_(Metro-North)

      Anyways, lets get started. Just like the New Haven Line, they start at Grand Central Terminal and go through Harlem 125th Street. I am aware you have done the Hudson Line up to Yankees E. 153rd Street as well as the Harlem Line to Mount Vernon West. Though, it is time to make effort into the real core of the line, when your ready of course.

      The rolling stock for the Hudson Line: You will be using the GE GENESIS P32 Diesel Engines you have released into Train Simulator, but also the electric trains that are called Bombardier M7A. Be aware that the M8’s are New Haven Line equipment only.

      Major Terminal Stations for the Hudson Line: Croton-Harmon (The terminal for all electric trains, has a huge terminal and such with a big yard and really sick, urban structure for the station.) It is about 33 miles from GCT. Then, the northern terminal for the rest of the Diesel Trains is Poughkeepsie. It is also a cool station, though the yard is somewhat small. Make sure to include detail on the Hudson Line along with the Terminals.

      There are many stations, I’d suggest reading the article to find out about them.
      I also have a question, between the Hudson and Harlem Line which will you most likely release first?

  • I would love to see the E60MA and the budd metroliners for this route for some nostalgia since the gg1 is in this route

    • I totally echo you, espexially about the Budd Metroliners. Most definitely needed. Amazing how much content could be utilized for this route.

  • So, there were a lot of fixes done. Which is great. Would it have been also possible to have made the gradients smoother? Or would that have broken the route, or the associated scenarios? Or maybe somehow added updates to some of the stations? Also wondering why the passenger cars for the AEM-7 were not also given passenger view, seeing as all the other DLC with the amfleets do. Glad it’s possible to be able to see Penn Station on this route now outside of the train. Also hoping to see more DLC released for the route, like the Arrow III, and hopefully, the Metro liner cab car for the amfleets as well.

    • We made the decision not to adjust any of the gradients as making any changes to the track or signalling will break all scenarios past and present. This would have effectively wiped out all of the content currently available for it on Steam Workshop.

      With regard to the passenger view for the Amfleet cars. This is an older product and as such was not developed with a passenger view in mind. It is possible that this will be given some consideration at a later date.

      • Are you guys planning on making the arrow III for this route cause theres a huge lack of commuter rail equipment such as the septa Silverliner IV

        • The Arrow III will join the line up of Train Simulator featured trains in Q1 of 2017 😉 Sadly, we have been unable to obtain a suitable licence with Septa, so their trains will not be represented in Train Simulator at this time.

          • Well, fortunately, the Arrow III’s are VERY similar to the older SEPTA livery EMU’s, with a slight difference. So, a talented reskinner will be able to supply the community with that. Hopefully the schematics, or whatever you call it, allows for an easy repaint job, where it can be properly done, without mirrored decals. ?

          • Do you guys still need pictures of the train?

            • We’re always in need of good quality photographs of the content we’re making!

          • Actually, if it’s an idea. Would it be possible to also package the Arrow with an unbranded version for reskin purposes? I think it should become standard practice, if you could supply DLC with unbranded versions as well. Whether you’re able to get licenses from the entities themselves or the manufacturers of the locos, and folks I the community can simply fill in the blanks. Until you guys are possibly able to acquire licenses for particularly heavily requested brand/liveries.

            Like for example the M2 has been requested by myself and many otherstudents in the community, and maybe, if for whatever reason, MTA Metro North doesn’t cooperate, which I doubt they won’t. You can just building the base model with the primary colors of said loco, and maybe mock up a livery scheme that is unbranded, like for instance how Chicago route came with unbranded livery, but quickly filled with the Metra logo. Just an idea.. hope to get a response on this possibility of this happening.

            • Repainting content is technically a violation of the EULA, it’s not something we condone officially. Repainting content, which often involves editing core files, potentially introduces an unstable element to the Train Simulator software and is known to cause problems. However, even without providing our players with the materials necessary to modify our content, our community have proven themselves to be incredibly resourceful and manage to do it anyway.

      • I figured as much. And it’s understandable. If I could, I’d make an alternate version with smoother gradients and post in the steam workshop myself. But having traversed the route in passenger view (which is my favorite) since it’s re-release, I have started to notice some gaps in scenery that seem to have been filled in a little bit. Which is good.

        I’m also pleased to know you guys are finally releasing the Arrow III’s sometime within the next few months, hopefully in January the earliest. And hope that Scenarios will be made for the remastered NEC route, and maybe even the NJCL.

        I know this is slightly off topic, and hopefully is somewhere in the pipeline. But, for the New York – New Haven route, there needs to be Budd M2 EMU made for it, because the FL9’S have been released but no suitable stock to properly authentic scenarios with to run alongside, as they have been retired before M8’s were put into service, as far as I know. I do hope it’s been considered, as I know it has been proposed maybe once or twice. Fingers crossed!

        Thanks for your responses by the way.

        • Great suggestion Michael, I’ll be sure to add the Budd M2 EMU to our list of potentials

  • Great to see you’re actually listening to our feedback!

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