Train Simulator 2012 Adds Donner Pass Route

Challenging & dramatic scenario pack launches Thanksgiving Day. Full details, plus screenshots, after the jump. Ltd., the market leading innovator of rail simulation and modeling tools, is pleased to announce the Donner Pass: Southern Pacific add-on for RailWorks 3: Train Simulator 2012 will be available Thursday, November 24 for download from Steam.This challenging route puts you at the controls of Southern Pacific diesels in the early-1990s, taking trains between Roseville, California and Reno, Nevada through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and high up through the incredible 7,000-foot Donner Pass. The trains are heavy, the railroad is tough and the scenery is awesome. So, start the motor, you have some real challenges ahead…

The first railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains was opened by the Central Pacific Railroad way back in the 1860s, the culmination of a significant engineering challenge with a combination of tunnel-building and tough weather high in the mountains causing numerous problems for the Chief Engineer and his team. The line has changed ownership over the years, and different operators have chopped and changed the track layout and tunnel system in the Donner Pass region in order to keep maintenance costs manageable whilst keeping the railroad operational throughout the seasons.

Donner Pass: Southern Pacific puts you to the test on this world-famous railroad where engineers deal with steep grades, tight curves and seriously heavy trains as part of a day’s work. With more than 140 miles of track between Roseville and Reno and the dramatic Sierra Nevada landscape of the Donner Pass itself, there are hours of pleasure to be had driving through this incredible part of North America.

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The Donner Pass: Southern Pacific add-on pack includes:

  • 140+ mile railroad line between Roseville Yard, California and Reno, Nevada including the world-famous Donner Pass.
  •  5 diesel locomotives in early 1990s-era Southern Pacific livery:
  • SW1500 Diesel Switcher
  • GP9 Diesel Locomotive
  • SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive
  • SD40T-2 Diesel Locomotive (‘Tunnel Motor’)
  • C44-9W Diesel Locomotive

5 Free roam scenarios:

  • Colfax Depot
  • Truckee Yard
  • Sparks Yard
  • Donner Pass
  • Roseville Yard

6 Standard/Career scenarios:

  • Doing it Right: Switching freight cars at Roseville Yard
  • Get Involved: Helping a heavy train over Donner Pass
  • Together as One: Rescuing a failed train
  • Cold Play: Inspection of the line in winter
  • Under Pressure: Drive a heavy train over Donner Pass / weather condition 1
  • Grade Crossing: Drive a heavy train over Donner Pass  / weather condition 2

About Train Simulator 2012

RailWorks 2 was awarded 2010 Simulation Game of the Year by the Game Industry News and is easily the most realistic rail simulator on the market. Its sequel, RailWorks3:Train Simulator 2012 enables enthusiasts to expand their virtual railroad in any way they wish. The core kit contains everything a player needs to set up and begin operating an extensive railroad, including train simulation, landscaping tools and downloadable content, and the software is updated automatically after purchase meaning consumers continue receiving cool new features and improvements for Free! Beyond the basic kit, users can choose from a wide variety of add-ons, scenarios and expansions to build and personalize the railway of their dreams – and there are many more exciting add-ons in production.


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