Written by: Gary Dolzall
Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 delivers dramatic mountain railroading
The Rocky Mountains represent a sure-fire setting for big-time, rugged railroading – and now Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 brings you more than 10 hours of new, challenging, and highly realistic Rio Grande (D&RGW) and Utah Railway mountain railroading action!
Created by Train Simulator partner programme member High Iron Simulations as the latest addition to its best-selling series of scenario packs, Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 features 10 authentic career scenarios in which you’ll experience demanding D&RGW freight and passenger operations as well as rugged Utah Railway coal-hauling duties in the remarkable Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Let’s take a closer look at the diversity of challenging railroading experiences that await you in Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01:
Mainline Freight Operations:
There’s nothing more dramatic than big mainline locomotives battling heavy tonnage and tough mountain grades, and Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 puts you in the engineer’s seat for memorable experiences in four career scenarios:
In the scenario “Coal to the Summit,” you are the engineer of Rio Grande Train 753, a Helper to Salt Lake City coal train. With a trio of D&RGW EMD SD40T-2s on the point and another pair of “Tunnel Motors” placed in mid-train, you will depart Helper and make the unrelenting climb of the rugged east slope of Soldier Summit. Much of the coal transported over the D&RGW was interchanged with the Union Pacific at Provo, Utah, and in the career scenario “Coal for Uncle Pete,” you are the engineer of Rio Grande Train 797 lugging Colorado-mined coal to the interchange with the Union Pacific at Provo.
D&RGW was not the only heavy coal-hauler in the Wasatch Mountains, and in “Utah Railway Empties East,” you are called to handle an eastbound empties train from the Utah Railway’s yard in Provo up the west slope of Soldier Summit, while in the scenario “Utah Railway Coal West,” you’ll go on duty at the Utah Railway’s Martin Yard as engineer of a heavily loaded coal train ready to climb Soldier Summit’s unforgiving east slope. Both Utah Railway scenarios utilize Southern Pacific EMD SD45s as were leased by the Utah Railway from 1985 to 1991.
Local and Switching Operations:
Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 brings you the experiences of working local trains, yard switching, and handling lineside industries in four challenging scenarios:
Rio Grande’s versatile Electro-Motive GP9s are your motive power in “Coal for Carbon Power,” in which you are the engineer of a Helper-based local job and have been assigned to pull together a consist at Helper Yard, then make a hard climb to Castle Gate to deliver coal loads to Carbon Power. In the scenario “Slippery Slope,” D&RGW Geeps again provide the power (and dynamic braking) as Rio Grande Extra 5913 East takes a heavy pipe train down the east slope of the Wasatch from Summit to Helper Yard on a wintry day. Rio Grande’s burly, six-axle Electro-Motive SD9s were regularly employed in heavy switching duty around Provo, and in “Provo Yard Duty,” you will handle switching at the D&RGW Provo Yard, make a transfer run to drop off interchange at the nearby Union Pacific Provo Yard, and deliver hoppers to the IPPX railcar maintenance facility. The EMD SD9, thanks to its Flexi-coil trucks, provided a smooth ride to crews and was nicknamed the “Cadillac.” In the scenario “Provo Cadillacs,” you’ll work morning switching duty at Provo and your assignment will include making a delivery of cars and a pick-up of loads at the sprawling Ironton pipe foundry.
On most railroads, taking the throttle of the line’s premier flagship passenger train was the ultimate assignment, and that honor will be yours in Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01’s two-part career scenario “RGZ West.”
Aboard Rio Grande’s classic and stylish EMD F9, you will board passengers at Helper, Utah, then make the unforgettable run with the famed Rio Grande Zephyr over the full 70-mile length of the Soldier Summit route to Provo, Utah.
In Soldier Summit’s 10 career scenarios, each based on authentic D&RGW and Utah Railway operations, you’ll experience the dramatic Wasatch Mountains and famed Soldier Summit across the seasons of the year and handle the controls of five different types of classic first- and second-generation Electro-Motive diesel locomotives!
Note: This pack’s scenarios require the Train Simulator Soldier Summit route. Select individual scenarios also require Train Simulator’s Western Pacific FP7 California Zephyr add-on (which includes the Rio Grande Zephyr and F9); D&RGW EMD SD9 add-on; and DTM Southern Pacific Electro-Motive SD45 add-on (each DLC available separately).
In Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 and its 10 career scenarios, you’ll discover the diverse and challenging experiences of big-time Rocky Mountain railroading! Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 is now available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores! – Gary Dolzall ■