Packing 5,000 horsepower and a 20-cylinder engine, the SD80MAC was a regular coal hauler across Pennsylvania, and is now here in CSX livery for Train Simulator. Thirty units were built by EMD for Conrail between 1995 and 1996 and were the first diesel locomotives to use a 20-cylinder engine since EMD’s SD45 and SD45-2 models. Their huge motive power and 75mph (121 km/h) top speed also made them slightly more powerful than GE’s EVO series, making them ideal candidates for the heavy coal trains of Pennsylvania.
The SD80MAC was also fitted with recessed red marker lights in the nose, a feature unique to Conrail locomotives and something that remained when Conrail was split up; 17 locomotives were taken on by Norfolk Southern and 13 by CSX. As with most modern era EMD units, the Class was also fitted with electronic display screens for instrument readouts and the usual EMD dynamic braking system.
The EMD SD80MAC for Train Simulator is seen as it operates today for CSX in their recent YN3 scheme. Detailing features include step lights, cab lights, multi-function displays, heavy braking system/train brake control and in-cab signalling that can be used on the NEC: New York-New Haven route. Also included with the locomotive are CSX coal hoppers.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the CSX SD80MAC on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Norfolk Southern Coal District route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Four scenarios for the Norfolk Southern Coal District route:
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Overall it's a very detailed, well-made add-on. The loco and the included hopper both look and sound great. The Horn is a not that good, but it's easy to change that to another one. Although it's probably recommended on the NS Coal District, the engine also looks great on other CSX routes. Also, the included scenarios for the Coal District are both fun and challenging, and overall, I can just recommend this Add-On
The CSX SD80MAC Loco add-on is a good value for those that want a new engine in a different livery, and also are looking for some new missions to tackle in the game. The SD80MAC is just what you would expect, as it is very well modeled and looks the part. The dynamic interior is well done, and sound seems to be top notch as well. The included hoppers are a nice consist option to pair with the engine. The scenarios are well designed, if not exactly different than what you have seen on other routes before in the game. The engine and cars are fully implemented in all modes of TS2015. Be warned, as the Norfolk Southern Coal District route is required to use the engine fully.
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