Requires Train Simulator 2015 (base game) to use this DLC
The EMD FL9 was arguably one of the more unique locomotive designs ever conceived, but plied its trade on New York’s commuter lines for more than 40 years.
Born from a drive to replace worn out and ageing ALCO DL109 and Boxcab Electric locomotives, New Haven president Patrick McGinnis ordered 60 of EMD’s FL9 locomotives in 1956 to operate solely on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (NH).
The hybrid electro-diesel model was seen as direct competition to the less popular Fairbanks-Morse dual power P-12-42 locomotive, and was designed specifically to run under both diesel and electric power to accommodate the electrified lines running under the East River and into New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
The FL9 was considered successful, despite being underpowered when compared to the electric locomotives they replaced, and survived a number of railroad mergers that saw them eventually retired under Metro-North ownership in 2009. Despite this, a few FL9s are still in occasional revenue-generating service, whilst some have been preserved in museum collections.
The EMD FL9 for Train Simulator is available in New Haven ‘McGinnis’ heritage livery, as operated by the Connecticut Department of Transport in the 2000s. Features of the model including in-cab signalling as seen on the New York-New Haven line. Also included are Metro-North Shoreliner III passenger cars with passenger view, and driveable cab car.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the New Haven FL9 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator. Also included are scenarios specifically for the NEC: New York-New Haven route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Three scenarios for the NEC: New York-New Haven route:
This loco is unfortunately a bit of a disappointment. It is essentially JUST a re-skin for the EMD F7. The sounds are completely identical and the model doesn't appear to have been built from the ground up; instead it seems that much of it has been recycled. (It should be noted that the loco is not completely identical - but sometime it seems it to me). As far as gameplay is concerned, I really like the look and feel of it on the NY-NH route. It feels a bit different, and is quite eye catching. As a loco to help complement many of the user-generated scenarios, I do recommend it along with the Kawasaki M8 as they provide some good AI traffic. Generally it just seems quite a lot of money for what is nothing much more than a new livery for a very old train model, that you likely already own. I think it's down to personal preference. If you are familiar with this train and particularly want it, go for it! But otherwise it seems a bit too expensive.
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