It’s not all beaches and surfing in California – the stunning Pacific Surfliner® LA – San Diego route for Train Simulator takes you through some of the US state’s most stunning scenery, past golden beaches and into sprawling cityscapes.Read full description
It’s not all beaches and surfing in California – the stunning Pacific Surfliner® LA – San Diego route for Train Simulator takes you through some of the US state’s most stunning scenery, past golden beaches and into sprawling cityscapes.
The 128 mile route between California’s two largest cities first saw Pacific Surfliner® services in 2000, and today carries more than 2.8 million passengers annually. Amtrak, Metrolink and Coaster services can be seen regularly on the route, which also hosts a varied mix of passenger and freight operations.
Starting out in downtown Los Angeles, Pacific Surfliner® services depart the art deco Union Station before heading into the city’s commercial district and extensive freight yards, heavy with intermodal traffic both day and night. After Fullerton (a well-known spot for railfans), the line passes the imposing Angel Stadium, home to Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Many of the stations along the route are unique in style, including San Juan Capistrano, most notable for its central basilica forming part of the station building and level crossing that traverses the platform itself. Heading south, the route runs single track from San Clemente Pier, and at the same time hits the golden coast of California - the stunning beaches and spectacular sunsets are just a small part of the appeal of this beautiful route.
As the route heads inland at Sorrento Valley, trains climb the challenging Miramar Hill, famed for its long incline and a serious trial for even the most powerful of locomotives. At the peak of the hill, the track divides and passenger services begin their approach to California’s second largest city and Union Station, nestled between the city’s grand skyscrapers and the southern terminus of Pacific Surfliner® services.
Included with this route is the full Pacific Surfliner® consist, headed by the EMD F59PHI diesel locomotive in Amtrak livery. The F59PHI class was built between 1994 and 2001, and are a popular sight at the head of many US passenger trains. A driveable Cab Car also allows authentic operation of the Pacific Surfliner®, as the train runs as a push-pull service due to there being no turning facilities at either end of the route.
The interesting mix of lazy Southern California shore towns and oceanside single-track railroading, semi-mountainous regions and busy suburban junctions, spectacular scenery and atmospheric night lighting make the Pacific Surfliner® LA – San Diego route the perfect challenge for budding Train Engineers.
Nine scenarios for the route:
Training: F59PHI – Simple Controls
Training: F59PHI and Surfliner® Introduction
Riding the Surf, Part 1
Riding the Surf, Part 2
Riding the Surf, Part 3
Night Train to LA
Get Out the Umbrella...
…and Put On the Waders
Big Bay Boom
128 mile Pacific Surfliner® route from Los Angeles to San Diego
Accurate route features, including Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles Union Station, Fullerton Transportation Centre, Angel Stadium, San Juan Capistrano Station, San Clemente Pier, Oceanside Transit Centre and Downtown San Diego
EMD F59PHI in Amtrak Pacific Surfliner® livery with flashing ditch lights
Pacific Surfliner® passengers cars with passenger view, including Business Class Car, Café Car, Passenger Cars and driveable Cab Car
Scenarios for the route
Quick Drive compatible
Download size: 1,805mb
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LA-San Diego really is a bit different for TS2015. Travelling predominantly along the coast, and sometimes meters from the sea, the route provides scenic diversity in every direction. Unfortunately the route comes with just one locomotive. In order to add some variation to the journey, I recommend purchasing the other DLCs for this route. The line-side detail is not the best - some yards and coastal regions look fairly bland, but the greater distant detail in the cities is spectacular. The high price tag is paying for the scenic content - a lot of time and effort has been put into producing this 128 mile route. It is a shame it does not include more locomotives. This is however something a bit different for MSTS or TS15 users. You do get a broad range of scenery, but it lacks on freight missions.
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