The sprawling Big Apple and the bustling city of New Haven come together in the exciting new NEC: New York-New Haven route for Train Simulator, featuring many of New York’s famous landmarks and advanced signalling throughout.Read full description
The sprawling Big Apple and the bustling city of New Haven come together in the exciting new NEC: New York-New Haven route for Train Simulator, featuring many of New York’s famous landmarks and advanced signalling throughout.
Joining the USA’s most populated city, New York, to Connecticut’s second largest city, New Haven, the original line was completed in 1849; classic American steam trains were the first to use the line before it was electrified in the early 20th century. It also forms part of the longer Northeast Corridor, which runs from Boston to Washington D.C.
The 75 mile (120km) route for Train Simulator features two of New York’s most famous train terminals, Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station, both within four blocks of each other but serving two different routes through The Big Apple.
The stunning and imperious Grand Central Station in New York – once home to the great passenger trains of the New York Central - is Metro-North’s southernmost point of its Harlem Line. An underground station, trains depart Grand Central via the Park Avenue Tunnel and Park Avenue Viaduct to Harlem along third-rail lines towards Mount Vernon and New Rochelle.
New York Penn Station – otherwise known as Pennsylvania Station – is Amtrak’s mainline New York station for Northeast Corridor services. Running through the East River Tunnels underneath the City, the line passes the imposing Sunnyside Yard – a 192 acre Amtrak coach yard – towards New Rochelle, crossing the stunning Hell Gate Bridge, through Astoria Queens and Upper Manhattan.
At New Rochelle, both Metro-North and Amtrak lines merge and continue north on overhead catenary, keeping in sight of Long Island Sound, offering impressive views across Connecticut State, and through Stamford, Bridgeport and Milford, before arriving at New Haven Union Station.
Many branch lines duck and dive off the main line through New York, including the Yankee Branch, which serves the New York Yankees Stadium on baseball match days, and the New Canaan Branch north of Stamford, serving one of the wealthiest communities in the US.
Long-distance Amtrak passenger services along the New York-New Haven line are increasingly operated by ultra-modern ACS-64 electric locomotives, which first entered service in February 2014. Built by Siemens for Amtrak, the ACS-64 is designed to replace the existing fleet of AEM-7 and HHP-8 locomotives on the route. With a maximum power output of 8,600hp, the locomotive is capable of accelerating 18 Amfleet cars to a maximum speed of 125mph in little over eight minutes and is fitted with advanced, state-of-the-art safety systems.
Freight operations on the line are a common sight too, often being pulled by CSX Transportation locomotives. The EMD SD40-2, included with this route, was introduced between 1972 and 1986 and was an upgrade to the SD40 series. Modular electronic control systems give the locomotive more reliability and economy than its competitors, even though it is not as powerful, making it one of the best-selling locomotives of all time.
Six Scenarios For the Route:
Training: ACS-64 (Simple and Expert Controls)
66 Northeast Regional to New Haven (Parts 1 & 2)
55 Vermonter to Bridgeport
55 Vermonter to Stamford
Vermonter to New York Penn
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!
75 mile section of the Northeast Corridor from New York to New Haven
New York Grand Central Terminal and New York Penn Station
Metro-North Harlem Line and New Haven Line
Park Avenue Viaduct, Sunnyside Yard, Hell Gate Bridge and Upper Manhattan
Yankee Branch and New Canaan Branch
Includes Amtrak ACS-64 and CSX SD40-2
Advanced in-cab signalling system
Scenarios for the route
Quick Drive compatible
Download size: 1,444mb
This route is accurate, detailed, and long! It boasts a great recreation of New York and surrounding areas, and feature two locos; the ACS-64, but also a CSX SD40-2 for freight scenarios. I am particularly glad that it came with two vehicles, as I don't believe it would be worth buying otherwise. The downsides of the route include the limited track-side detail in some areas. Being an expansive route, more of a focus has been made to the distant details and buildings (which by the way, is second to none). Another (personal) drawback is that of length. It takes a good while to traverse this whole route. It cannot be done in a casual sitting. I feel that for this route to be entertaining to drive, it is necessary to purchase one or more of the many addon locos which DTG offer. I can personally recommend the Kawasaki M8 (Metro North). Further, the sound effects (as always for Dovetail Games) are lacking in quality - they are not as immersive as I would like. The sound effectso for the SD40-2 are buggy too - the break sound can constantly loop and sound awful. This is a great passenger line, and can be improved by the purchase of additional DLC to give added variety. I recommend it for fans of North American routes. Great passenger and (to my delight) freight experience.
The NEC: New York-New Haven Route Add-On is a full featured and nice DLC pack for American railroad fans, as it models modern day Amtrak lines on the Northeast corridor. Obviously, the jewel of the DLC is the modeling of Grand Central and other busy urban areas of New York and its surrounding areas. The new content is beautiful (by TS standards) but be warned that the already spotty performance of the game may be magnified in this sprawling expansion. New locomotives and rolling stock are well modeled, and add a reasonable amount of new equipment to use. Missions included are fun and challenging, and on par with other offerings. While a DLC based in the New York area modeling classic steam and diesel would be more interesting, the New York-New Haven DLC is worth it for fans of Train Simulator.
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