The F40PHL-2 diesel locomotive is perfect for commuter services in sunny South Florida, and is now here for Train Simulator, complete with bi-level commuter coaches and driveable cab car.Read full description
The F40PHL-2 diesel locomotive is perfect for commuter services in sunny South Florida, and is now here for Train Simulator, complete with bi-level commuter coaches and driveable cab car.
The F40PHL-2 is among the most unique and fascinating locomotives found in the U. S. While similar in design and purpose to the famed Electro-Motive F40PH diesel, the F40PHL-2 model was custom-built in 1988 for South Florida’s Tri-Rail commuter agency by locomotive remanufacturer Morrison-Knudsen, a firm also known as a construction and engineering company, building such famed infrastructure projects as the Hoover Dam and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
The F40PHL-2 was built on the frames of retired Conrail GP40 locomotives, with 3,200 horsepower Electro-Motive 645-series power plants and EMD Dash 2 electronics. The units’ 645-series engine provides power both for traction and for a HEP generator to provide electricity to its commuter consist.. To give the unique diesels a stylish exterior, Morrison-Knudsen used ex-Burlington Northern F45 cabs and carbodies.
With five F40PHL-2 diesels as motive power, Tri-Rail began operating commuter services on the Miami – West Palm Beach route in January 1989. Initially serving with the F40PHL-2 were Bombardier-built bi-level commuter coaches and cab cars purchased from GO Transit in Canada.
The EMD F40PHL-2 for Train Simulator is available in ‘Miami Commuter Rail’ livery and features dynamic braking, ditch lights, and instrument lights. Bombardier bi-level commuter coaches with passenger view are also included, along with a driveable rear cabcar.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Miami on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Miami – West Palm Beach route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Three scenarios for the Miami – West Palm Beach route:
• Capital of Latin America: Part 1
• Capital of Latin America: Part 2
• Shuffle to the Shuttle
• EMD F40PHL-2 in ‘Miami Commuter Rail’ livery
• Features include dynamic braking, ditch lights, and instrument lights
• Bombardier bi-level commuter coaches
• Driveable cabcar
• Quick Drive compatible
• Scenarios for the Miami – West Palm Beach route
• Download size: 302mb
This train adds some good diversity to the Miami-West Palm Beach route. The loco looks striking with good detailing, modelling, and texturing. Unfortunately the loco does not bear the logo nor (I believe) colour scheme of the train it is replicating. This does not put me off too much as it certainly looks the part. I really liked the version of this loco as part of the San Diego route, and this is no exception. The sounds and model are fairly identical but I am not too fussed by this because the loco looks really good and it doesn't sound identical to the other trains on the route. The cab is well detailed (though the passenger view is nothing special) and it comes with three scenarios. Overall, despite not being an exact replica of the train, it's a pretty good DLC.
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