One of the newest electric multiple units for the Northeast Corridor comes to Train Simulator in Metro-North’s familiar bare metal and red livery.
Built by Kawasaki at Lincoln, Nebraska for use on the New Haven Line, the M8 first entered service in March 2011 as a replacement to the current fleet of M2, M4 and M6 multiple units. Similar in body style to the M7, more than 300 units have been delivered to Metro-North so far, and feature multiple power pick-up – third rail and overhead pantograph – which can be changed by the engineer whilst on the move.
The two-car Kawasaki M8 has a top speed of 100mph (161km/h) and the model for Train Simulator features driving cabs and passenger views, switchable power modes and dynamic in-cab display screens showing instrument readouts and power pick-up mode.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Metro-North Kawasaki M8 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the NEC: New York-New Haven route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Four scenarios for the NEC: New York-New Haven route:
Simple Controls Tutorial: M8 Simple Controls
Expert Controls Tutorial: M8 Expert Controls
Grand Central Bound
More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!
Kawasaki M8 in Metro-North bare metal and red livery
Dynamic in-cab display screens
Switchable dual mode power pick-up
Quick Drive compatible
Scenarios for the NEC: New York-New Haven route
Download size: 128mb
The model detail for the M8 is great - couldn't really top it. Disappointingly the sound effects are a bit lacklustre, and other than the two 'tutorial' scenarios, the pack only contains two scenarios for you to play. This loco is a really good addition otherwise - very common place on the line. I recommend it, but it could be improved slightly. This unfortunately seems to be the way with some DTG addons at present.
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