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Release Date: Nov 23, 2012

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Buy Train Simulator: Union Pacific Challenger

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Buy Big Boy + Challenger Twin Pack

Includes 2 items: Train Simulator: Union Pacific Big Boy Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Union Pacific Challenger Loco Add-On

Buy Train Simulator: Steam Collection

Includes 6 items: Train Simulator: Class A4 Pacifics Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: LNER Class A3 ‘Flying Scotsman’ Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Southern Pacific Cab Forward Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Thompson Class B1 Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Union Pacific Big Boy Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Union Pacific Challenger Loco Add-On

 

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CLASSICS RANGE
The Classics Range features a selection of must-have products at value for money prices from the TS back catalogue.

About This Content

The mighty Union Pacific Challenger 4-6-6-4 is now available for Train Simulator, featuring four exciting and challenging scenarios specially created for the Sherman Hill route.

The stiff gradients of the Wasatch Mountains demanded newer, more powerful and efficient locomotives, leading to Union Pacific’s chief engineers to design a 4-6-6-4 steam locomotive that utilised two sets of driving wheels each with their own steam cylinders. The Challenger’s impressive articulated wheel arrangement made it one of the most successful large steam locomotive designs ever developed and was considered to be one of the most technologically advanced of its kind, providing both high horsepower and efficient operations.

Their mammoth weight made the Challenger a regular sight on UP’s heavy mountainous freight routes but they were also put into service on the occasional passenger service through mountain territories to California and Oregon. In total, 252 Challengers were built between 1936 and 1943 by the American Locomotive Company and Baldwin Locomotive Works, just less than half for UP.

The Union Pacific Challenger V2.0 for Train Simulator is available in two liveries - the famous Union Pacific black livery and Union Pacific lined grey livery. Key features include TSX effects, new smoke and steam particle emitters, and enhanced cab interior.

The Sherman Hills Add-On (available separately) is required to play the scenarios included with this Add-On.

Scenarios


Four scenarios for the Sherman Hill route:

  • Challenger Intro Run
  • Challenger on Sherman Hill Cheyenne to Laramie
  • Challenger Working at Wycon
  • Challenger Working the BNSF Stub
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!

Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios.

Key Features

  • Union Pacific Challenger in Union Pacific black and lined grey liveries
  • Realistic cab interior and sounds
  • Improved locomotive physics and TSX effects
  • Realistic raindrops and correct headlight illumination
  • New smoke and steam particle emitters
  • Quick Drive compatible

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 22, 2014
The Pros:
A nice looking model, seemingly very realistic
nice sounding whistle
nice old-school bell
Quite a few scenarios for Sherman Hill.

Cons:
The passenger cars included do NOT have a passenger view
the whistle loop is too long.
Extremely hard to see out of the cab window.

Overall, I would definitly recommend this DLC, especially to anyone who is a fan of UP steam.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 8, 2014
Similarly to the bigboy I recommend the challenger for the same reasons. It's a great model, good sounds, but the cab could be better. Only issue is you can't see well out the engineer's forward facing window.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: February 17, 2015
Not a particularly in depth simulation, but it's the Challenger. A fun little sim when you want something a bit simpler than the FEF-3.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: March 5
Whatever happened to the consolidation that used to come with this? Got a thumbs down from me cuz the consolidation is gone, horible physics and sounds, and RSC just did a bad job on it.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: August 24, 2015
Only buy this one if you want to make your collection complete. It drives, didn't encounter bugs, basically as base engine ok. However not very advanced in scripting, animations or behaviour. On sale for a few bucks it is a nice additions, not worth full price though
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: February 7, 2015
Engine seams to be on the gutless side.The Big Boy has more pulling power.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: August 7
I owned the DLC before it was ANTIQUE!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: October 13, 2015
Here we are in TS2016 and this old stalwart of a model is still chugging along in the DLC store. A Railworks 2 model (2012), this is one of the oldest DLC locos available for TS, so don't expect anything grand if you decide to purchase it.

Please take the $7.99 price tag seriously for what it is. It's at a reduced price because this mammoth is ancient (pun not intended). As part of the TS Classics range, you shouldn't expect anything technologically signifigant or magnificently designed. It may have been state of the art at the time it was released, but it pales in comparison to what is available now.

PROS:
-It's the only Challenger model for TS that is available to my knowledge.
-Will serve well for scenario creators on old steam routes.
-3rd party minor upgrades are available on RWA.
-Reduced price tag that comes with the TS Classics range.

CONS:
-Disgusting stock sounds
-Disgusting cab
-Disgusting exterior
-Disgusting physics
-Just Disgusting (for today's standards)

Buy it if you need it for scenarios, or if you wish to own a little piece of history, but don't buy it thinking it's good content. Perhaps one day, DTG will look back and give this loco a makeover, but don't expect that anytime soon.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: June 28, 2015
When I first saw the pricetag, I was excited. I thought to myself, "What a great deal!" I couldn't wait for the download to finish.
Excitedly, I put the Challenger on my favorite test map, Pacific Surfliner. (Long, has many hills, and is good for finding out what a loco can do)
My exitment turned to dismay when I opened the throttle, and it all went downhill from there. Soon, I realized why it was so cheap.

The Challenger is completely unrealistic. The front engine set's number boards display a different number than the number on the cab. When the wheels are slipping, it is only the rear set of drivers, because an articulated acts like a lash up of diesels, or a double header: an engineer on each "loco" even though one is just a set of drivers.

The challenger can't keep steam up even when the throttle is closed. How do they solve this problem in the programming? When the boiler pressure hits less than 170 PSI, the generation rate shoots up, and the usage rate goes way down. (EG, the usage rate is at 2,475, it shoots down to half that, even with the throttle wide open. I gave up on using advanced controls and manual fireman when running the Challenger)

The whistle goes on for 3 seconds, even when I just tap the key.

The cylinder ♥♥♥♥♥ don't work, even though there is a valve for it in the cab, and the bell is a rapid, high pitched dingdingdingdingding, instead of a deeper, slower dong--dong--dong.

The couplers on the cars that you get are broken: once you uncouple, you cannot recouple.

There are no interiors for the passenger cars and the caboose, either. (This is a minor complaint, but it is something that I wish they had taken the time to do)

You cannot use the in-cab injectors, you HAVE to use the toolbar.

The Challenger is a well modeled locomotive, but that does not redeem it. The running characteristics are junk. It cannot even reach 70 mph, which the real Challenger could do easily!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: June 30, 2015
If you love huge Union Pacfic steam engines then i recommend this. It comes with assicatied passenger cars and a baggage car. Along with some frieght cars.
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Munted Man
Posted: August 27
Looks a lot better than the pictures, comes with a black and a grey livery (both UP). The passenger cars and people have a bit to say for themselves though and no passenger view. Nice easy loco to drive and maintain however. 7/10
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bwood
Posted: August 18
This is a good model for Steam Locomotive and Union Pacific fans alike. It has it's pros and cons, however.

Pros:
Solid Model
Decent Physics

Cons:
HORRIBLE whistle and bell (that being the bell is completely unrealistic and the whistle only holds for a long time)
Only 2 numbers are visible on the numberboards on smokebox and under the cab (the numbers are 3943 and 3979) but there are different numbers on the headlight numberboards and the tender

I'm not 100% sure if I can recommend it but I will (considering the issues could be corrected)
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ZSOLOM
Posted: April 16
yes there are a few problems with it but overall it's a great add on to get.
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goingtobegone
Posted: March 22
The Union pacific Challenger is one of the best detailed train in the game! and also my favourite! Its articulated body looks like its real and the best thing about this train is the sounds!
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Niko
Posted: February 16
I bought this engine and I got to say, it is a really nice engine and it comes in two liveries and one carear scenario and three or four standard scenarios. I recomend getting this if you like Union Pacific Steam trains and would like some scenarios for Sherman Hill.
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titanpilot321
Posted: December 27, 2015
i got this as a gift, its good, nice train, decently fast.
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Sakura
Posted: December 20, 2015
go ♥♥♥♥ your life
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