The USATC S160 is OUT NOW for Train Simulator!

Written by: TrainSim-James

The outcome of the Second World War would not have been what is was without the aid of allied railways, where regular passenger workings were sacrificed for the transportation military troops and goods. Everything and anything useful was put to work across the rails, however a tractive shortage surrounding D-Day saw the introduction of a very uniquely designed locomotive, the USATC S160. This powerful icon aided in the war effort unlike any other, and is now available for Train Simulator.

By 1942 it was becoming clear that an allied invasion of Europe was on the horizon, the railways were coping at the time but after the invasion (which would eventually occur in June 1944) a projected shortage of locomotives needed to be avoided. The solution would come from across the Atlantic when Major J.W. Marsh designed the S160 locomotive, a high powered steamer specified for quick construction and rather than service life.

Between 1942 and 1946, 2120 S160 locomotives were built by American Locomotive Company, Baldwin Locomotive Works and Lima Locomotive Works for service across a variety of Allied countries. Many were shipped over to Europe with around 800 locomotives landing on the South Wales Coast for use on British soil, these locomotives worked in various locations including Great Western, Great Eastern and North Eastern regions, S160s were also seen in Scotland.

Despite the technical issues brought on by the rapid construction and lack of maintenance, the USATC S160s proved themselves as a valuable part of the war effort with struggles such as D-Day being aided by the unique locomotives. After the Second World War, many of the remaining S160 locomotives were given back to the USATC who subsequently shipped them to various countries with the intention of aiding them to rebuild themselves.

As a fleet of locomotives designed with a life span of a mere 90 days, it is incredible to think that some countries kept their S160s running into the 1960s and 70s. None are as impressive however as the Chinese owned locomotives who withdrew their final S160 in 1997. Multiple examples of the S160 locomotives went on to be preserved in various countries around the world, thanks to the huge numbers built in the heat of the war. Britain, Poland and Italy are just a portion of the countries who own a preserved S160.

The arrival of the S160 locomotives was a moment of grace for the Allied countries during the Second World War, they were the chance that was needed, and this iconic locomotive is available now for Train Simulator.

The USATC S160 for Train Simulator features an extensive variety of locomotive variants and rolling stock, a full list of what is included can be found below:

  • USATC Black
    • Wartime
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • French 140U
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Polish Tr201
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • USSR Ша
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • USATC Grey
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
    • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Buckeye/Air (USA)
    • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • UK Longmoor Military Railway
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • UK British Railways preservation livery
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • USSR Ша Post-War
    • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • USA Alaska Railroad
    • Early livery
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
    • Late livery
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
  • USA Army
    • Buckeye/Air (USA)
  • Poland Post-War
    • Tr201
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Tr203
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
  • USATC Black – 11th Dec 1942 handing over ceremony
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • USATC Black Wartime Delivery
    • Static non-driveable version as delivered overseas
  • USATC 56 Ton Flat Car
    • Empty
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • T34-76 (USSR)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • T34-85 (USSR)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • T34-76 (Poland)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • M10 Tank Destroyer
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
    • Cromwell
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
    • Char B1
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • US6 Military Truck (loaded as single or double, with 5 random variations of truck)
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • 40ft Flat Car
    • USSR Ша locomotive (1520mm gauge) delivery
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • USSR Ша tender (1520mm gauge) delivery
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • USATC 9900 Gallon Tank (3 random logo variations)
    • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Buckeye/Air (USA)
  • USATC Caboose
    • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Buckeye/Air (USA)
  • Warwell
    • Empty
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
    • Cromwell
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
    • M10
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • LMS Brake Van
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • USSR 20 Ton Flat Car
    • Empty
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • Katyusha
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • ZIS-3 75mm Anti-tank gun (with random cloth cover)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • USSR Brake Van
    • Green or brown
    • Willison/Air (USSR)

The S160 locomotives are operable in Simple, Standard or Advanced mode to cater for every driver out there, advanced features include: custom, realistic wheel slip physics and effects with auto detection of weather conditions, simulated steam chest, cylinder cock management, boiler management with priming damage possible and realistic injector control. Simple and Standard modes are compatible with the Xbox controller whereas Advanced mode is not.

Multiple Career scenarios are included with the S160 for the West Somerset Railway route, the Riviera Line in the Fifties route and the Horseshoe Curve route. Also featured are numerous Quick Drive consists each with appropriate rolling stock covering all the variants listed above.

The USATC S160 from Victory Works is available now, head to the Store for full details

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TrainSim-James

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