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Release Date: Apr 11, 2013

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Includes 2 items: Train Simulator: BNSF SD40-2 Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Marias Pass Route Add-On


About This Content

This DLC is only available to purchase in the USA.

Spectacular scenery and large sweeping curves through the Rocky Mountains are just some of the features of Marias Pass, available now for Train Simulator.

The 152 mile Montana route was first charted by the then principal engineer of the Great Northern Railway, John Frank Stevens, in December 1889. It proved to be an ideal route for a railroad with its wide valley and gentle gradient, meaning it would not require extensive excavation and multiple locomotives would not be required to haul freight up its incline.

The Pass reaches more than 5,200 feet (1,580 metres) at its summit and forms the southern edge of the Continental Ranges, a major grouping of the Rocky Mountains. Starting out at Shelby, the route winds up and through the flat farmland and open plains before heading into the mountain range through narrow canyons and vast pine forests alongside the Flathead River. Passing through Cut Bank and Browning, the route reaches the summit just after Marias, before descending through Essex and Columbia Falls to Whitefish.

The route is famous for its spectacular bridges, and these are accurately depicted alongside other features including mountain snow sheds, the silo ‘Dalek’ at Browning, Belton Lake, the concrete Penguin at Cut Bank, a large marshalling yard at Whitefish, industrial facilities throughout the route and the 13 mile branch line to Kalispell.

Also included with the route is a GE ES44 DC locomotive in BNSF heritage livery and a Burlington Northern EMD SW1500 switcher, along with new BNSF 50ft box cars and lumber cars, and several reworked freight cars in BNSF and BN livery.

Marias Pass is a stunning Montana route through some of the most picturesque mountainous settings with its unique challenges of driving long, heavy freight trains up and down the wide valleys and gentle gradients.


Eight scenarios for the route:
  • Engineer Training Advanced
  • Engineer Training Basics
  • Blackfoot or Bust
  • Cold Meat
  • I’m a Lumberjack….
  • Shelby Grain Assembly
  • Wood from Kalispell
  • Hauling the Harvest Grain
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!

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Key Features

  • Full 152 mile Marias Pass route from Shelby to Whitefish
  • 13 mile branch line to Kalispell
  • Spectacular mountainous scenery, bridges, pine forests, snow sheds, silo ‘Dalek’ and Cut Bank Penguin
  • Multi-aspect and junction colour light signalling
  • GE ES44DC in BNSF livery and EMD SW1500 Switcher in BN livery
  • New 50ft box car and lumbar car in BNSF livery
  • Several reworked freight cars in BNSF and BN liveries
  • Scenarios for the route
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Download size: 1,500mb

System Requirements

    • 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
    • Graphics:Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 30, 2014
Years ago when Microsoft was king of the simulation world, Marias Pass came into the limelight. This was my first experience with train simulation, as well as the new BN/SF livery. Over the years I've come to miss driving that route, and kept wishing that someone would bring this route to the updated TS experience. RSC/DTG finally did this, and I'm glad that they did.
I've had this route for about a year and a half. Since purchasing this route it's been my exclusive home in TS, and I've thorughly enjoyed every mile of this route in the time that I've had it.
There is plenty of scenery to enjoy, and in fact if one compares some parts of the route to the arial views in Google Earth, you'll find that much of the route is accurate. I've personally never visited Marias Pass in real life, but this route has given me a reason to desire a visit to Montana some day.
I've purchased a lot of DLC with this particular route in mind. This route is the reason I've become such a fan of BN/SF. Although I first fell in love with a Norfolk Southern GP-38, there wasn't enough NS-related content at the time to justify making an NS fleet. So, I'm a BNSF virtual engineer for now.
The route isn't perfect, and neither are the locomotives. Soundwise, the ES44DC comes close to what I've heard on the NS and CSX ES44's where I live. The horn is kind of dinky, but the bell is spot on. The windshield wipers are strange... only three of them move, although the windshield appears to still be cleared of rain. Switch to the outside and all the wipers appear to move.
I can't say much for the switcher. I'm a long haul kind of guy, so I haven't played much with it. What time I've spent in it has been enjoyable, and everything seems to work as it should.
There are also plenty of rolling stock, so making a few basic scenarios is easy enough.
My main complaint with the route itself is that the water looks a little funky in some places. This seems to be more of a problem on the western side of the route, once one starts to get into the mountains. The river that runs alongside some of the tunnels looks really strange, and it's obvious that the water is fake. There is a lake that looks pretty good, and once one gets out of the mountains the water starts to look more like normal again.
Overall, this is a great route. It adds a bit of street cred to the TS experience as it harkens back to the routes earlier days in the MS Simulator. I should note here that I also purchased a version of this route for N3V's Trainz 2012, and that version of the route was extremely buggy, had missing assets, track... all kinds of headaches. One thing I like about the TS version, is that the route doesn't get broken or screwed up because of updates. What you get is what you get... IT never changes. While this means that some of the minor issues will never be fixed, it also means that you get a much more consistent expereince.
If you were a fan of the MS sim version of this route, or if you're a fan of BN/SF in general, I reccomend this route. Aside from the challenge of climbing the towards Summit, there are logisitcal challenges as the route often swtiches from dual track to single track. Add an Amtrak passenger train to add to the logistical nightmares, and you've got yourself quite a challenge!
I definetly reccommend this route!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 23
This is a joke that no longer the Marias Pass, Stevens Pass and other US DLC can be purchased from Europe. This whole copyright bulls*t is just getting very, very annoying. I hope there will soon be a workaround, a legal escape route or something because it is just pure nonsense.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 1, 2014
Marias Pass is truly a wonderful pice of art by RSC(now DTG). Included it lots of rolling stock, with new sounds and even EOT on the rear car, two diesel engines( Ex-BN SW1500 and BNSF ES44DC) and a 152 mile line from Whitefish to Shelby, MT. The scenery is amazing and there is plenty of heavy freight action up the steep grades between Essex and the Summit of the route. Also featured is 13 mile branchline running to Kalispell which is great for some short line railroading or local freight operations with the SW1500 included. As for sounds, they're okay. The freight car sounds rolling on track are okay and the horns are ok also. The horns aren't exactly realistic but I like them still although I'd prefer realistic sounds over them. Anyways I highly recommend this route! It is a true favorite of mine!
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 10, 2015
By far my favorite route for this game so far.
-This is a STUNNING route. Just from the pictures you can see how beautiful this DLC is. I live in the Rockies, and I can confirm this route does not detract from any of its beauty.
-Lots of variety. When you see the yards at Shelby compared to the yards at Whitefish, it will be hard for you to imagine its all on the same route.
-Have not experienced any major bugs in this DLC (which from RSC can be a bit of a problem)
-Managing consists going up and down the Rockies is a fun challenge.
-Its a really long route. Easily hours upon hours upon hours of fun can be had.
-LOTS of steam workshop scenarios using this route
-Scenarios aren't dreadfully long, which is good for beginners
-The ES44DC in Heritage III Livery is an essential locomotive for most western american railroads
-Not just a freight route, there's a good sprinkling of passenger stations for the Empire Builder route.
-Route itself has a lot of history
-Nostalgia from MSTS
-Kinda wish there was at least one more engine included. The route's overall length and detail makes up for this pretty well, but it would have been nice to possibly get another locomotive thrown in just for a little more variety. While ES44ACs are the primary locomotive power on these kind of routes, only seeing the ex-BN Switchers in the yards is kind of odd, especially considering there are not that many ex-BN switchers on the rails these days.

Personally the lack of an extra locomotive is not that big of a deal considering he sheer scale of this route. If it really bothers you, which it might, I'd just suggest getting the MP-SD40-2 Twin Pack, because the SD40-2s would definitely be seen quite often on a route like this, and the SD40-2 is pretty cheap, too.

All in all, I reccomend this route to anyone who's interested in train simulator. Wether you're just starting out, an MSTS veteran, like freight, passenger, or shunting, long distance hauls or local runs, this route truly has something for everyone.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 11, 2014
This is my favourite route in Train simulator. Beatiful mountains and plains of Montana. There are also very high speed-limits for those who like speed. Fun missions, the orange BNSF train is awesome. I would recommend to buy Amtrak P42 DC Empire builder with this, It is great way to drive passengers in the middle of nature.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 1, 2014
This is an amazing route! It comes with amazing diesel locomotives! You can drive all sorts of trains through the mountains! It also has amazing detail! I highly reccomend this route!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: August 14
Product received for free
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 15, 2015
very good dlc highly recommend it
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 18, 2015
Marias Pass is one of the "must have" U. S. routes. Definitely buy this one.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 1, 2015
This route is a classic for anyone who plays railroad simulators. Microsoft Train Simulator exposed us to the line, and RSC enhanced it by adding detail and graphics. Overall the route is like the original but polished and just better all around. I highly suggest getting it.
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Posted: December 19, 2015
This is a very good DLC. I highly recomend this DLC if you like BNSF trains and scenic freight routes. This is a long route with good scenarions and it comes with 2 locomotives. Also there is some good scenarios on the Steam Workshop. This is a great invesment worth the money.
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Posted: August 12, 2015
Love this route, brings back old memories of msts and if you have the BNSF dash9 pack it definitly helps with the experience.
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Posted: June 28, 2015
Aw heck, more bugs! :(
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Posted: February 3, 2015
This route is sketchy at best... Lets start with why you would want to buy it:

Pros: -Very fast
-Comes with EX BN SW1500 switcher engine and BNSF ES44DC.
-Very scenic
-Extra DLC include: BN/BNSF SD40-2, BN/BNSF GP38-2, BN F45, AMTK P42 DC, and GN F7/GP9.

Cons: -All concrete track. Most of Marias Pass is wooden track.
-ES44DC sounds are TERRIBLE.
-It has a short line coming out of Coumbia Falls to Kaspell, with would normally be cool, but its all concrete track.
-The mountains look terrible from far away. That is one of the best parts about riding the Empire Builder.

Over all I would NOT recommend this route to anyone because of the false advertising preview video.

Edit: The reason I do not like the concrete track is because of the yards and the 13 mile shortline. If you look in the preveiw, it has correct track texture.

P.S. Pease don't rate it down just because you like the content. The reasdon for rating it down is if you did not like the reveiw.
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