Rocky Mountain Railroading!

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.

Passenger Operations:

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

Now available, Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 includes 10 realistic Train Simulator career scenarios that put you at the throttle for Rio Grande freight and passenger operations and Utah Railway coal services during more than 10 hours of challenging duty on the Train Simulator Soldier Summit route! In the scenario “Coal to the Summit,” you are the engineer of Rio Grande Train 753, a Helper to Salt Lake City coal train making the unrelenting climb of the east slope of Soldier Summit. With Rio Grande “Tunnel Motor” 5353 on the point, Train 753 climbs near Colton, Utah (above), then meets a Geep-powered local (below). Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

Much of the coal transported west 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 coal to the interchange with the Union Pacific at Provo. With D&RGW SD40T-2 5396 in the lead, Train 797 makes its way below the distinctive red rock spires of the western slope of Soldier Summit.

The Utah Railway leased ex-Southern Pacific Electro-Motive SD45s that would serve the coal hauler from 1985 until 1991, and two scenarios included in Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 put you to work in Utah Railway service with the big SD45s. In “Utah Railway Empties East,” you are called to handle an eastbound empties train from the Utah Railway’s Provo Yard, where SP 9149 waits to depart while Amtrak Train No. 6 passes (above), and in the scenario “Utah Railway Coal West,” you are called at the Utah Railway’s Martin Yard as the engineer of a loaded coal train ready to depart and climb Soldier Summit’s steep west slope (below).

Rio Grande’s Electro-Motive GP9s are your power in a pair of Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 career scenarios. In “Coal for Carbon Power,” 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 (above). In the scenario “Slippery Slope,” you are the engineer of Rio Grande Extra 5913 East (below), and on a snowy day in the Wasatch Range will be taking a heavy pipe train down the east slope from Summit to Helper Yard.

Rio Grande’s Electro-Motive SD9s were employed in switching duty around Provo, and two scenarios in Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01 put the venerable SD9s to work. In “Provo Yard Duty,” you will handle switching at the D&RGW Provo Yard (above), make a transfer run to the Union Pacific Provo Yard, and deliver hoppers to the nearby 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 Ironton pipe foundry (below).

Operating tri-weekly in each direction, D&RGW’s famed Rio Grande Zephyr utilized ex-California Zephyr equipment. In the two-part career scenario “RGZ West,” you’ll take the throttle of stylish EMD F9s and serve as the engineer of D&RGW Train 17 – the westbound Rio Grande Zephyr – as it departs Helper (above), then makes its way down the Gilluly Loops (below) en route to its station stop at Provo.

Big-time, bustling, and memorable Rocky Mountain railroading awaits you in the 10 challenging and realistic career scenarios featured in High Iron Simulations’ Soldier Summit Scenario Pack 01, now available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores!

We’re always happy to receive your comments below but please ensure they are related to the subject of the article, we’ll remove any that appear to be unrelated.

Gary Dolzall

6 Comments

  • Well, folks, it’s time to play “read the fine print”. Gary’s article notes that some of the scenarios in this pack require 3 additional DLC packages. What is not mentioned is that the cost of these 3 packs reaches a total of $50.97, bringing the total cost of playing all of the included scenarios to a lovely $60.97: a bit over $6.00 per scenario.
    Of course, there is a run-around solution: when the “Can’t Load” failure box pops up, just press F2 and then select the Drive button (I think that’s correct: anyway, not the Exit button.

  • This just came to me, Gary: wouldn’t it be great to have scenario packs available for TSW?

  • A scenario pack that includes switching! What a concept!! Of course, it’s only a small percentage of the pack, but it’s a start.

    Thanks

    • Actually, Gary’s scenario packs have had a couple of switching scenarios since his first one.

    • Hi “LastTrain,” I always appreciate your interest and comments. The majority of my (High Iron Simulations) scenario packs include several switching scenarios, and I’d suggest you may wish in particular to check out Sherman Hill Scenario Pack 01, Donner Pass Scenario Pack 01, and Feather River Canyon Scenario Pack 01, each of which have considerable switching content.

      • Time to give myself a dope-slap. Serious thanks for pointing out what I should have noticed long ago.

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